The Institute for Telecommunications Research is one of Australia's most significant research groups in the area of wireless telecommunications.

We span a broad segment of the research and development spectrum, from foundational mathematics and signal processing right through to hardware, software and firmware development, successful product licensing and spin-off companies. This is a distinctive feature of our Institute, working in close partnership with industry, government and international research partners.

Our world-class academic staff are committed to providing high quality industry-relevant education to our postgraduate students. We also deliver specialist telecommunications courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and industry professional development.

Whether your interest is as a potential student, future employee or industry partner, please feel free to contact us to explore how we can meet your needs.


Founded in 1994, the Institute for Telecommunications Research was one of only two key research concentrations at UniSA

The research centre originated from the Digital Communications Group (DCG) that commenced in the early 1980s within the School of Electronic Engineering, where its research foci were mainly in the areas of modulation and coding, satellite communications and mobile communications.

Fundamental and applied research, proof of concept development and commercialisation activities all play an important part in our success.

Strong national and international relationships and collaborations with the telecommunications business community ensure our work has a high degree of relevance to the problems facing the wireless communications industry.

We work toward a vision to advance human knowledge in the transmission, processing and use of information, enabling high impact technologies that deliver economic, social, cultural, environmental and health benefits.

It is our mission to conduct world class fundamental research, partnered with industry, to deliver leading edge technologies in a vibrant research education environment.

Postgraduate students work with supervisors who have strong connections to industry and research topics have relevance to problems facing the wireless communications industry.

The Institute for Telecommunications Research is one of the largest university-based research organisations in the area of wireless communications in Australia.

25 Year Anniversary

In 2010 the Institute for Telecommunications Research celebrated its 25 year anniversary

Formally recognised as a University research Institute in 1994, the Institute for Telecommunications Research builds on antecedent organisations going back over 25 years. From humble beginnings, housed in temporary huts hidden behind the Charles Todd building of the then South Australian Institute of Technology Levels Campus, to a nationally and internationally recognised Institute with world-class researchers and facilities, the journey has been remarkable. Today, with over 60 dedicated research staff and students, we are Australia’s largest University research Institute specialising in the areas of wireless and satellite telecommunications technology.

Since its foundation, the Institute has had a long and proud history of working with local and international industrial, defence and government partners to deliver commercial-grade hardware and software solutions for challenging communications problems. Building strongly on this heritage of applied research and development, the Institute has also emerged as a theoretical powerhouse.

Our research staff and postgraduate students not only work with their international collaborators to tackle the fundamental mathematical aspects of modern telecommunications, they also work together with our highly skilled engineering team to deliver new communications technologies that are only made possible by breakthrough science. This is a unique characteristic of the Institute – strong connections between theory, application and commercialisation.

Our 25th anniversary was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the successes of our Institute, and to celebrate all of the staff and students that have made it such a special research environment.

For more information about our 25 year celebration and to view our history timeline, please refer to our 25 year anniversary booklet.