Leading industry Research


The School of Engineering has some of the strongest research concentrations in the University of South Australia and includes leading research programs through the Agricultural Machinery Research and Design Centre, Barbara Hardy Institute, Defence and Systems InstituteLaser Physics and Photonics Devices Laboratory, and the Research Node for Low Carbon Living.

We conduct a range of research activities in autonomous & unmanned systems, systems integration & engineering, sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, low energy housing, nanotechnology and nano-manufacturing, photonics and lasers, minerals and resources engineering, energy and advanced manufacturing, environmental science and engineering, biomaterials engineering and nano-medicine.

The School has many active connections with Australian and international institutions and industry through research and collaborative endeavours. It is a key participant in the CRC for Low Carbon Living. Its proximity to Adelaide's internationally-renowned Technology Park and links with the Defence Science and Technology Group further enhances its interaction with leading industry partners. 

Innovative research projects are funded by Australian and international industry and government bodies and contribute to the progress of science and technology in these areas.


Research Concentrations within the School of Engineering  






Associated Research Concentrations 


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Defence and Systems Institute

Defence and Systems Institute

The School of Engineering's Defence and Systems Institute is Australia's largest provider of leading edge research and postgraduate education in systems engineering, complex defence systems and autonomous systems.

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SA’s No.1 for Engineering research in ERA 2015*

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The only university in SA to have all of its assessed Engineering research rated well above world class, ranked 5 in Engineering in both the 2-digit and 4-digit FOR codes according to Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2015.*

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