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.
- Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures
- Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Centre for Quantum and Optical Science
- Centre for Transformative Innovation
- Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
- Centre for Micro-Photonics
- Centre for Ocean Engineering Science and Technology
- Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure
- Environment and Biotechnology Centre
- Industrial Research Institute Swinburne
- The Swinburne Institute for Social Research
- Swinburne University Centre for Computing and Engineering Software Systems
- The Brain and Psych Sciences Centre
- The Centre for Social Impact
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Launching in 2014: Centre for Transformative Innovation
Cross-disciplinary hub for research in innovation and entrepreneurship.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
The Environment and Biotechnology Centre promotes the development of both applied and industrial research in both environmental science and biotechnology. The Centre currently has 16 academic staff and over 30 research students, possessing expertise in fields as diverse as bioactive compound production and extraction, surface and colloid science, molecular biology, bioremediation and composting, public and environmental health, biosensors, enzyme technology, heavy metal removal, tissue engineering, nanotechnology and pulp and paper bioprocessing.
IRIS 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
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Launching in 2014: Centre for Social Impact
Consortium directed towards more effective social spending.