Defence and security research

Deakin University has supported defence research and innovation for more than 30 years, drawing on a broad range of multidisciplinary capabilities to deliver future-focused defence solutions.

Our research

Four faculties with 14 schools, six research institutes and more than a dozen strategic research centres at Deakin provide world-class expertise and facilities relevant to the support of people and development of technologies within the defence sector.

Learn more about our research strengths

Autonomous systems

We’ve designed and built world-class autonomous systems for our partners, including fully autonomous ground vehicles and UAVs.

Robotics and haptics

Our haptically-enabled robots allow law enforcement agencies, militaries and mining companies to explore places otherwise unreachable.


We have expertise in protective security and information warfare, cyber analytics, AI and forensics and incident management.

Battery storage and management

Advanced electrolytes research program for defence battery technology development, supported by machine learning expertise to profile battery usage and estimate state of charge.

Artificial intelligence

Our capabilities extend to deep learning, machine learning, deep uncertainty quantification, computer vision, data analytics and applied robotics.

Defence education

We currently partner with the Australian War College to provide education and professional development of senior Australian military officers, public servants and regional partners.

Advanced materials

We’ve developed ground-breaking materials that protect our defence forces in the harshest of environments.

Health, wellbeing, and performance

Our capabilities and expertise include both in-field and laboratory measures for physiological and psychological responses in different defence and security scenarios.

Why partner with us?

Proven track record in delivering outstanding defence projects

World-class facilities including a new security cleared building in Waurn Ponds

Expertise in transforming research into defence and security products

Recent project

Exoskeleton technologies

Launched to the defence sector in 2014, FORTIS is now being refined by Deakin human performance and computational intelligence experts and is entering a new phase of non-military applications.

Our facilities

3D printers, haptics labs, virtual reality equipment and a high-G centrifuge are just some of the incredible facilities powering our innovations. With a new security cleared building, we are well positioned to help with your project.

Discover our facilities

Contact us

If you’d like to learn more about our projects and how our research capabilities can benefit you, we’d love to hear from you.

(03) 5227 1352