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UniSA Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment Research Centres and Institutes

Find out more about the Research Institutes and Centres that are a vital part of the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

Research Institutes

Barbara Hardy Institute

The Barbara Hardy Institute brings together world-leading researchers to work in multidisciplinary teams on real-world issues. Its researchers are scientists, engineers and social scientists, working together with a focus on the sustainability of our society.

Created in February 2011, the Institute, whose patron is the well known and widely respected Dr Barbara Hardy, champions her vision for the 'widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices' by utilising multidisciplinary research approaches that challenge conventional thinking.

Institute for Telecommunications Research

The Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR) is an internationally recognised research organisation, specialising in researcheducation, and technology development for wireless communications with fixed, mobile, satellite and terrestrial applications. ITR conducts its research in four main areas: satellite communicationshigh speed data communicationsflexible radios and networks and computational and theoretical neuroscience.

The Ian Wark Research Institute (The Wark)

Named in recognition of eminent Australian scientist, Sir Ian William Wark, this institute is a proud and integral part of the University of South Australia. The Wark is distinctive in its creative and flexible approach to research and development. It's fundamental and applied research is focused on chemistry and physics at interfaces which covers a wide range of areas, including bio and polymer materials, colloids and nanostructures, and mineral processing applications. The Institute's structure combines academic rigour and inquiry and we are driven by industry needs and value to society.

Research Centres

Advanced Computing Research Centre

The Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC) is an integral part of UniSA's prominent School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences. It combines academic and research experience with a highly collaborative approach to provide new and cost effective computing solutions.

The centre brings together those who recognise the need for IT innovation and those who can apply their research expertise to deliver solutions, enriching our students’ learning environment at the same time.

Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation

Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation (CERAR) is the only research centre in Australasia that focuses specifically on both environmental risk assessment and remediation (reversing or stopping environmental damage). Professionals across both of these fields are in demand and CERAR’s high quality graduates are helping to fill the employment shortfall.

The Centre is at the forefront of environmental contamination research both nationally and internationally. Students benefit from the Centre’s links with research partners including the Department of DefenceAUSAid and UNICEF.

Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

The Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (CIAM) brings together researchers in pure and applied mathematics to discover, understand and interpret natural phenomena and apply mathematics to important industrial and social problems. CIAM research themes include: mathematical analysis, modelling of systems and processes, optimisation and optimal control, signal and image processing, scheduling and control for transportation systems and water management, financial mathematics and risk management.

SA Water Centre for Water Management and Reuse

South Australia is the driest state, in the driest continent on Earth, so it makes sense that it a trail-blazing research institution leading the way in water conservation, reuse, and recycling has emerged at the SA Water Centre for Water Management and Reuse (CWMR).

Since its establishment in 2004, the Centre’s research and consulting services have focused on water and waste water treatment, water reuse, total water cycle management, water sensitive urban design, environmental biotechnology, water utilisation from the River Murray; and the provision of water services for rural and desert communities.

Defence and Systems Institute

Established in 2007, the Defence and Systems Institute (DASI) brings together much of the delivery capacity of the Centre of Excellence in Defence & Industry Systems Capability (CEDISC) along with the Centre of Expertise in Systems Integration (CoESI) and the Systems for Safeguarding Australia Research Centre (SSARC) into a flagship Institute for Defence in Australia.

The Defence and Systems Institute is internationally recognised for its research and post graduate education in systems engineering, systems integration and information assurance. DASI has several research groups, divided into themes that provide research, consulting and education to the Australian Defence and industry sector.

Mawson Institute

Collaborating with leading researchers in science, engineering, information technology and manufacturing, the Mawson Institute addresses opportunities and future challenges facing Australia. The focus is on the basic science and engineering that underpins 'next generation' manufacturing, providing new technologies based upon new knowledge and innovation that can be integrated into products or processes. Scientists and engineers will work in parallel, rather than sequentially, on concept and commercialisation, significantly reducing the time and steps for new product development.

Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre

The Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre (PBRC) is a joint venture between the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) and the University of South Australia through the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences. One of the primary undertakings of the Centre is its research in biomathematics, biostatistics and bioinformatics to support the biological research being undertaken by ACPFG researchers in their quest for abiotic stress tolerant cereal plants. Current questions that are being addressed fall into the three main categories of Phenomics and Plant Image Analysis, Phenomics and Biometrics (Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis), Mathematical and Computational Biology.

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