Research institutes and centres
Find out more about the Research Institutes and Centres that are a vital part of the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College