The School of Technology performs world-class research in information technology, computer science, information systems, engineering, mathematics and statistics. A particular focus lies on interdisciplinary research across these disciplines as well as health care, psychology, sports performance, mining and environmental science. The Human-Centred Technology Research Centre (HCT) is the focal point of the school's research activities. Researchers at HCT undertake fundamental and applied research into the nature, creation and use of technology that enables people in all walks of life to take knowledgeable, well-informed and responsible actions. Our research has been rated as world class in the Excellence in Research in Australia exercise in 2015 (Field of Research code 08).
We offer high-quality postgraduate research courses at the Masters and Doctoral (PhD) levels. These courses give students the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research, work in state of the art facilities, and make a strong contribution to knowledge and professional practice through advanced and specialised study. The School of Technology and HCT Research Centre share the University's vision of professional education led by research and scholarship. All postgraduate research students are active members of a research group within HCT and paired with a supervisory panel of experts in their chosen field of study. The postgraduate program emphasises cross-disciplinary and applied research in line with HCT's vision.
The HCT Research Centre consists of the following research groups (in alphabetical order):
Affective Computing and Computational Behaviour Analysis
Affect (emotions, mood) is an essential, integral part of human perception and interaction. Affective Computing aims to give computers the ability to recognise affective states, to express emotions (e.g. avatar), to have "emotional intelligence" in order to make better decisions.
Computational Intelligence, Knowledge and Data Mining
The Computational Intelligence, Knowledge and Data Mining (CIKADA) research area pursues inter-disciplinary research in computational intelligence and knowledge discovery to model and simulate real-world problems.
Research in Information Systems covers a range of topics, such as text mining, social question answering, learning analytics, business processes, health informatics and intelligent systems.
Mathematics and Statistics
Our researchers in mathematics and statistics have two focus areas: (1) Exploring the phenomenon of symmetry in both mathematics and in fundamental physical models in nature; (2) Developing new statistical theory, techniques and tools to study a wide variety of problems from ecology, epidemiology, medicine, economics, education and criminology.
Multimodal Systems and Information Fusion
The Multimodal Systems and Information Fusion (mSiF) research group is a highly interdisciplinary group with an interest in intelligent multimodal processing of image, video, speech, text, and sensor signals for a wide range of applications.
Robotics and Arts
The RAPP Lab explores the aesthetics, ethics, psychology and technologies of humans interacting with robots. Our researchers investigate the social side of intelligent machines.
Wireless Sensing Network
The mission of the Wireless Sensing Network group is to advance innovative and groundbreaking research in the area of Communications Networks and Systems Engineering.