Research institutes and centres

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

Future Industries Institute

The Future Industries Institute (FII) was established in 2015 bringing together the research activities of the established Ian Wark Research Institute (IWRI), Mawson Institute (MI) and Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation (CERAR). The FII focuses on four research strands:

  • Minerals and Resources Engineering
  • Energy and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Bioengineering and Nanomedicine.

The research strands build from the research capabilities and reputations of the IWRI, MI and CERAR, IWRI and extends into other complementary research capabilities within the University 's Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, and across the University.

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 research, education, and technology development for wireless communications with fixed, mobile, satellite and terrestrial applications. ITR conducts its research in four main areas: satellite communications, high speed data communications, flexible radios and networks and computational and theoretical neuroscience.

Research Centres

Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments

The research centre is an unique alignment of computer science, art and design, brought together to transform industry and solve large-scale societal challenges.

IVE is the focal point for interdisciplinary AR and VR research at UniSA and we work with industry partners around the world including Google, Saab, Amazon and Siemens.

Our globally-renowned researchers are leaders in user interactions with AR and VR technologies including wearable computing, human-computer interactions, 3D visualisations and telepresence. They also have vast experience in manufacturing, Internet-of-Things, interactive art, and design for healthcare and defence.

Globally, there is an increased demand for AR and VR technologies in industry. In collaboration with our research and industry partners, IVE will lead the next wave of AR and VR technology.

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 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.

Natural and Built Environments Research Centre

The Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC) was established in 2016 and focuses upon four major research strands: Natural and Built Environments Education; Environmental Stewardship; Smart and Healthy Communities; and Water and Natural Resources.

NBERC's research and consulting services focus on real world problems, and challenges to industry and community. Our academics and researchers have diverse research backgrounds and complementary expertise in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Science, Geospatial Science, Project Management and Water & Wastewater Engineering.

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.

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.