Designing smarter technologies
Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology and composite materials. We’re home to some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the Australian university sector.
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Our world-class research teams are led by true innovators and experts in their fields.
Deakin's Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) houses virtual reality, digital manufacturing and high voltage labs that allow researchers and students to work together on industry-based projects.
Deakin’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation is home to a unique Universal Motion Simulator – the first haptically-enabled robot-based motion simulator in the world.
In the field of energy, our researchers are making outstanding progress in developing more efficient energy storage systems.
A team is working with China’s Dongfang Turbine Company to create more efficient composite materials for wind turbines. Another group is exploring the use of graphene to extract hydrogen from water.
In analytics, an innovative data-mining initiative is currently being introduced across 10 hospital branches in India. This joint project involves using data to identify critical safety issues and improve efficiencies.
Be it robotics, pioneering research in big data or developing high tech aerospace-grade carbon fibre composites, our researchers are dedicating their know-how to solving 21st century problems through cutting-edge, smart technologies.
Institutes and strategic research centres
Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)
Recognised as one of Australia’s leading materials research organisations, IFM fosters innovation in materials design and performance.
Executing materials science and engineering, our research tackles challenges in areas such as medical diagnostics, biomaterials, and nanotechnology.
Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
We investigate and develop state-of-the-art algorithms and systems that provide practical solutions to real-world problems.
Our research is focused on next-generation robotic control systems and force emulation methodologies.
Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology (CCB)
We seek to understand how molecules are made, how they can be utilised and how they work in complex biological systems.
Our research covers areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, human and animal health, and the environment.
Centre for Cyber Security Research (CCSR)
CCSR undertakes research into the theoretical foundations of cyber security.
We develop innovative cyber security technologies by exploring the associated risks, governance and legal issues.
Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA)
We focus on the discovery and effective use of patterns in large-scale data.
We contribute to a broad spectrum of health improvements through the design and development of new tools and smarter technologies.
Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF)
Carbon Nexus is a globally unique, open-access composite research facility. Located at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus, this new facility significantly enhances the capacity to deliver real outcomes for the vast carbon fibre industry.
Deakin Motion.Lab is a state-of-the-art motion capture facility. It delivers highly advanced technological solutions through practice based and critical artistic research.
Virtual Reality (VR) Lab
Located inside Deakin's Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET), this facility is the southern hemisphere’s first fully-immersive virtual reality lab. Users can experience representations of products that are yet to be conceived, such as a prototype compressed-air-powered car or robot ball.
Electron Microscope Facility
The Institute for Frontier Materials' Electron Microscope Facility supports a wide range of research projects that lead and inspire innovations in materials science and engineering. Researchers can develop and apply advanced materials in the sectors of manufacturing technology, energy efficiency, resource and infrastructure sustainability, including diverse fields such as metallurgy, textiles, biology and composites.
We work collaboratively with a number of academic institutes, government organisations, not-for-profit services and industry bodies.
It’s these partnerships that form the foundation of our broad network and research capabilities throughout Australia and overseas.
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