Creating 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.

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Research snapshot

Deakin's Engineering Precinct 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.

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Meet IFM Director, Professor Matthew Barnett

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.

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Meet IISRI Director, Professor Saeid Nahavandi

Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²)

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) collaborates with industry to act as a catalyst for change through the use of Artificial Intelligence.

Our team of research fellows, data scientists and software engineers contribute to the development of human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence and AI experimentation for sectors such as defence, health care, security, social media, advanced manufacturing and more.

Meet A²I² Co-Directors, Professor Kon Mouzakis and Alfred Deakin Professor Svetha Venkatesh

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.

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Meet CCSR Director, Damien Manuel

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF)

CeRRF provides innovative agricultural and industrial solutions to address regional, rural and global productivity challenges. 

We focus on bridging the gap between regional enterprises, governments and academia.

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Meet CeRRF Director, Dr David Halliwell

Featured facilities

Carbon Nexus

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.

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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.

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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.

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Our partnerships

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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