Engineering Research

Advanced Electromagnetic research is transforming the way we use electromagnetic wave propagation to create the next generation of sensors, wireless communication, imaging, and computing system technologies to revolutionise our future.

The application of Artificial Intelligence to space systems is a growing research strength for UNSW Canberra Space. We focus on the development of miniaturised satellites as edge devices, capable of performing complex tasks and analysis of data on orbit.

We specialise in developing new aviation technologies using aviation safety and human factors research. We aim to reduce the likelihood of error and build more tolerant and resilient systems to support safe air travel and airways management for economic, social and cultural development worldwide.

UNSW Canberra Cyber is developing innovative research solutions and technological approaches to cyber-physical system design, management, and controls that will reshape our world with more responsive, precise, robust, and efficient systems. 

We’re leading research in fluid-structure interactions to understand how the flow around objects can influence their mechanical performance. From developing flapping-wing flight to modelling the flow of blood through veins, fluid-structure interaction research has a vast range of applications.

Our researchers investigate the gas dynamics of chemically reacting and real-gas flows. These inform the design of the hypersonic propulsion systems and planetary entry systems required to achieve practical hypersonic flight for high-speed aircraft.

Imaging research develops and utilises image processing techniques to transform the way we see the world. From shaping the design of future artificial knees to informing knowledge of climate change, digital image processing holds huge potential for the future.

We are developing cutting-edge, practical and efficient algorithms and frameworks to support multidisciplinary design optimisation. These design methods address the fundamental challenges and uncertainties involved in finding optimal solutions for product design and decision-making activities.

We're working to develop more effective solutions and tools for project planning and tracking, risk management, and achieving high-quality project deliverables in project-based organisations. 

Our experts are dedicated to ensuring the systems critical to the well-being and operation of our society can withstand, adapt to, and recover quickly from anticipated or unexpected shocks and stresses - now and in the future.

We’re leading research in sustainable infrastructure to support and balance the economic, social, and environmental impacts of urban development on the environment to ensure a sustainable future.

We use research into the theory of automatic systems and control to address real-world problems in electrical, electronic, aerospace, quantum and mechanical engineering. 

We develop integrated decision analysis methods for asset planning and management. Our team applies this across areas such as: construction project management, risk analysis, workforce planning, flexible manufacturing design and smart scheduling.

We apply data-driven approaches to a wide range of technology decision-making. This includes supply chain design, asset life-cycle analysis, evidence-based decision making and embedding machine learning.

Trusted Autonomy is an emerging field of research that focuses on understanding how human-machine interactions and artificial intelligence can be used to develop autonomous systems that have a positive impact on our society and quality of life.


We bring human values to the forefront of the technical design process to provide strategies for identifying and incorporating social and moral values into information technology design and development in defence and security.