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Swinburne Research Centres

Swinburne currently has a number of designated Research Centres that cultivate strength in specific areas by concentrating resources (both human and instrumental). The Centres consist of groups of researchers that collectively have a demonstrable national or international profile. All of Swinburne's Research Centres can demonstrate an excellent record of scholarship, publication and research funding.

Brain and Psychological Sciences Centre

BPsyCThe mission of the Brain and Psych Sciences Centre (BPsyC) is to promote contemporary brain and psychological research which aims to impact upon the wellbeing of individuals, groups and the community.

The research centre is particularly interested in the use of neuroscientific technological advances, clinical and psychosocial interventions, and research findings to develop policies relating to social and individual outcomes in physical and mental health domains. The centre encompass a range of professionals including psychologists, neuroscientists, cognitive specialists and statisticians. The centre has a range of linkages with private and public industry, government, and other educational and research institutions.

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Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures

CAIAThe Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures (CAIA) has three primary goals: perform industrially relevant, innovative and critical research into new IP networking architectures; provide a world-class, stimulating and flexible research and teaching environment; and establish collaborations with leading industrial and academic research groups within and outside Australia.

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Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing

ASTROThe Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) is dedicated to inspiring a fascination in the universe through research and education.  Established in 1998, CAS is the largest astronomical research group in Victoria, and one of the largest in Australia.

Specific areas of research interest include astronomy visualisation (with CAS playing a major part in constructing an innovative virtual reality environment - VROOM - currently housed at the Melbourne Museum), star & planet formation, pulsars, globular clusters, super massive black holes, galaxy evolution and Big Bang cosmology.

An active program of research and development includes involvement in the planned Square Kilometre Array project, regular telescope time at major observatories including the Anglo-Australian Observatory, Australia Telescope Compact Array, W.M. Keck Observatory, the Gemini Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope Treasury Program.

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Centre for Design Innovation

CS3The Centre for Design Innovation is focused on the outputs and impacts of design-related research in areas including health and the future-self across the lifespan, service design, human-product experience design, and public good innovation design.

Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science

CFBSThe Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS) is Australasia’s leading centre for excellence in the areas of forensic mental health and forensic behavioural science research, teaching and practice development.

The centre is inter-disciplinary, with representation from psychiatry, psychology, social work, law, nursing, occupational therapy and epidemiology. CFBS engages in a broad range of clinical, epidemiological and experimental research on:

  • Aggression and violence
  • Early intervention and prevention of offending
  • Forensic mental health
  • Impact of victimisation
  • Legal studies and policy
  • Policing and law enforcement
  • Problem behaviour

Centre for Human Psychopharmacology

The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology conducts world-leading research in the area of drugs, herbs, natural substances and behaviour/brain function. It has specific expertise embracing four key areas:

  • Cognition and memory enhancement focusing on the effects of natural substances.
  • Pharmacological and nutraceutical treatments for Neurocognitive ageing.
  • Immediate and long-term neurocognitive effects of recreational drugs.
  • Illicit and prescription drugs and driving.

The Centre is the largest group in the world focusing on research into natural products for cognition enhancement. It conducts government and industry-funded research including the effects of various substances (including natural medicines, recreational drugs and pharmaceuticals) on neurocognitive function and mood states. Methodologies include direct measures of cognitive, mood and neurocognitive function and related biomarkers, for example neuroimaging, markers of cardiovascular, metabolic and endocrinological functioning and genetic analysis.

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Centre for Micro-Photonics

CMPThe Centre for Micro-Photonics (CMP) is an international leader in biophotonics and nanophotonics, providing a world-class laboratory for training Australian and international research students.  Its mission is to develop innovative nanophotonic devices for all-optical information technology; to develop novel optoelectronic imaging methods for biological studies and industrial applications; and to understand mechanisms for light interaction with biological materials.

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Centre for Ocean Engineering Science and Technology

CMPThe Centre conducts research on ocean waves, air-sea interactions, upper-ocean dynamics, environmental extremes, climate, maritime engineering.



Centre for Quantum and Optical Science

CAOUSThe Centre for Quantum and Optical Science hosts nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics (ACQAO) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-Ray Science (CXS). CAOUS is structured around four groups: Integrated Atom Optics; Ultracold Molecules; Ultrafast Spectroscopy; and Applied Optics.

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Centre for Social Impact Swinburne

CSIThe Centre for Social Impact Swinburne (CSI Swinburne), as part of the CSI network, works toward a stronger society for all, through engaged research and scholarship.

We work to advance knowledge and practice of the people and systems that produce positive social impacts.

Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure

CSIThe Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) provides a focus for multi-disciplinary research in the field of sustainable civil infrastructure, which is a topic of national importance in the 21st century. CSI has three major research programs consisting of Advanced Structural and Geotechnical Systems, Transportation Systems and Water Resources Modelling with a focus on applied practical research linked with industry.

CSI leverages off the existing strengths of a growing academic base supported by strong undergraduate and postgraduate coursework student numbers, a strong research performance measured in terms of grants and publications, growing PhD student numbers, a new $15M structures strong cell laboratory under construction, an advanced geotechnical laboratory and a range of existing infrastructure performance databases maintained by industry.

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Centre for Transformative Innovation

CS3The Centre for Transformative Innovation is committed to contributing to improving Australia’s innovative capacity through understanding all aspects of the processes for turning ideas and inventions into products or services. Our research interests in innovation and entrepreneurship are directed towards optimising the national and state-based systems of innovation.

Industrial Research Institute Swinburne

IRISIRIS is the centre for Manufacturing Research at Swinburne. The success of the centre is based on understanding customer requirements, appreciating world-wide market competition, a capacity to capture future technology trends, and recognition of time-to-market constraints. IRIS performs long and short term research activities including fundamental research and technique development, feasibility studies, customised short-term training and degree award courses

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Swinburne Institute for Social Research

ISRThe Swinburne Institute for Social Research (SISR) has nearly thirty years of experience in social science research and education and has a reputation for independent, innovative and timely work of high quality.

Areas of research expertise include housing markets and policy; citizenship, politics and democracy; immigration and refugee policy; social policy; media and communications; information policy; public administration and finance; youth policy; and gender, cultural diversity and work.  SISR has substantial links with researchers and policy-makers in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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Swinburne Sarawak Research Centre for Sustainable Technologies

The Swinburne Sarawak Research Centre for Sustainable Technologies is designed to boost the university’s research program, promote research collaborations and instill best research practices, with the common emphasis on sustainability.

Swinburne University Centre for Computing and Engineering Software Systems

ISRThe Swinburne University Centre for Computing and Engineering Software Systems (SUCCESS) is a major Research Centre within Swinburne's Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies, formed with a view to achieving world renowned software innovation and engineering with a balanced theoretic, applied, industry and education impact.

Over the past several years the Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies has assembled one of the strongest software research and teaching groups in the Southern Hemisphere.

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