Designing Smarter Technologies

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Improving Health and Wellbeing

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Enabling a sustainable World

Whether it be creating the remotely controlled OzBot robots that are being used by special operations units around the country, using big data to assess the mental health of whole populations, or developing high tech aerospace-grade carbon fibre composites, our researchers are dedicating their know-how to solving 21st century problems through cutting edge smart technologies.

Deakin is a world leader in carbon fibre, short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology and composite materials. We are home to the globally unique, open-access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, which is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing in industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, defence and construction.

In the field of energy, our researchers are making outstanding progress in developing more efficient energy storage systems, including smaller and longer lasting lithium and ion batteries, and high performance solar panels. A team is working with China’s Dongfang Turbine Company to create more efficient composite materials for wind turbines, while another group is exploring the use of graphene to extract hydrogen from water.

Deakin is home to some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the Australian university sector, including the new Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training. This centre includes a Cave Automated Virtual Environment, which complements Deakin’s unique Universal Motion Simulator – the first haptically-enabled robot-based motion simulator in the world.

Our engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients such as the Department of Defence, aerospace, automotive, logistics and health industries.

As just one example of how Deakin is pioneering research in the new field of big data, an innovative “data mining” initiative is currently being introduced across 10 hospital branches in India by Max Healthcare. This joint project involves using data analytics to work across a large array of medical records – including admissions, diagnosis and computerised registries – to identify critical safety issues and improve efficiencies.

Printed parts pass the test
Wild weather in the Solomon Islands turned 3D ‘eco-printing’ into ‘extreme printing’ for a team of researchers from Deakin’s School of Engineering. If you can print 3D plumbing parts in the middle of a cyclone, you can print them anywhere, according to Dr Mazher Mohammed, Senior Research Fellow with Deakin
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Audio watermark to stop data pirates
A collaborative research project between Deakin and industry aims to provide a new weapon in the fight against the illegal use of copyrighted data. The news that season seven of the HBO hit TV show ‘Game of Thrones’ was pirated more than one billion times within seven weeks of its
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Chemical filter a leap forward for better environmental health
Deakin scientists have used cutting-edge nanomaterials to create a ‘molecular sieve’ that can be used in households, as well as in industries that need to decontaminate water used in their manufacturing processes. Filters made using 2D nanomaterials have been an extraordinary advance for separating liquids, gases and ions. The downside
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Reducing the fuzz
A new textile treatment could make the annoying pilling of your favourite jumper a thing of the past. Putting on an item of clothing only to find it covered with unsightly bobbles of fuzz is a common and frustrating experience. It’s long been a frustration for the textiles industry as
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Sodium batteries offer new path to clean energy future
Deakin’s world-leading battery researchers have discovered how sodium can help to create a fairer and more sustainable energy future. Populations across the globe are likely to see a transition from lithium to sodium batteries in homes, the evolving smart-grid, manufacturing and many other purposes over the next 10 to 20
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Polymer scientists ‘coat up’ for ‘green’ paint in China collaboration
World-leading polymer scientists are collaborating to create a new generation of coating materials that could contribute to a cleaner, safer planet. Under the leadership of two of the world’s leading polymer scientists, Deakin University’s Professor Qipeng Guo, and Dr Ming Zhou, from Jiangsu Shisong New Material Technology Company, a research
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Virtual technology: a game-changer in dementia care
A partnership with Dementia Australia has led to the use of virtual reality and game engine technology to transform dementia care. Sinister shadows. A carpet that looks like a seething column of bugs. Streams of nagging instructions. These are some of what users experience when they don EDIE, a virtual
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Fibres for the future
Deakin researchers are engineering the next generation of wearable technologies, developing innovative clothing fibres with unique properties. Scientists from Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) are creating fibres that could one day turn our clothes into chargers for electronic devices or allow them to keep track of our movements.
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ManuFutures marks new phase in innovation at Waurn Ponds
The advanced manufacturing incubator will unite innovation and job creation in the Geelong region. United States fire officers will prepare for future fire seasons using revolutionary virtual reality technology developed by Deakin University engineers and incubated at the new $13 million ManuFutures, officially opened at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus by
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Future Fuels CRC to underpin nation’s transition to cleaner energy
Deakin has welcomed its inclusion in a new Co-operative Research Centre that will support the development of technology, skills and infrastructure to deliver affordable, reliable and clean future energy. Deakin University will be one of six universities involved in the $91 million Future Fuels Co-operative Research Centre (CRC), announced today
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Meeting ‘Little L’
Victoria’s very own dinosaur is coming to life in a unique exhibition at the National Wool Museum. What did dinosaurs’ skin feel like? What colour were they in real life? It’s difficult to tell from fossils, but with the expertise of palaeontologists and engineers, visitors to a unique exhibition at
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Advancing excellence
The future is bright for next-generation advanced materials and manufacturing, thanks to a new Centre of Excellence between Deakin and IIT Madras. Deakin University and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) have set up India’s first bilateral Centre of Excellence in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing as a collaboration
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New honour for Deakin STEM hero
ARC Laureate Fellow Alfred Deakin Professor Svetha Venkatesh has received another accolade for her pioneering work in pattern recognition and big and lean data. Professor Venkatesh, Director of Deakin University's Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA) and co-director of Deakin's Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) was last week
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Milk shake-up
A revolutionary way to pasteurise milk could extend shelf life while maintaining higher nutritional value. On Boxing Day 2014, Dr Sri Balaji Ponraj received a belated Christmas present – proof his innovative technique for decontaminating milk using plasma could actually work. Checking his samples of cows’ milk treated with plasma,
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Sensing a change
New research has discovered how to overcome a major drawback in using microfluidic devices as a diagnostic tool. The integration of electrochemical sensors into microfluidic devices — or lab-on-a-chip technology — is heralded as the next big thing in cutting-edge diagnostics. The devices can analyse minute quantities of liquid, such
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‘Minibeast Heroes’ – towering achievement for Deakin Motion.Lab
Gigantic insects are the stars of a new animation that will educate thousands of children about Australian insects on ABC Education. A gigantic redback spider, dung beetle, honey bee, lady bird, worm and meat ant are the six heroes of a high-tech animation developed by the team at Deakin Motion.Lab
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Deakin tech brings independence to crash victims
A partnership between Deakin and the TAC has led to a trial of new technology to help Victorians seriously injured in road accidents regain their independence. Technology originally developed to help older people “age in place” and maintain their independence is now being trialled by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
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New Deakin Institute to drive artificial intelligence research and application
The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute will become Australia’s go-to Institute for innovative AI research. Deakin University is continuing to drive the digital frontier to support future jobs, with the University today announcing it will invest $20 million to establish a new Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute. The Institute will conduct world-leading
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Deakin and University of Coventry multiply ties
A high-level delegation from the University of Coventry has visited Deakin to extend the partnership. Establishing the UK’s first “Faculty on the Factory Floor” in 2014 is one of a number of achievements of the University of Coventry that makes its collaboration with Deakin University a perfect match. The two
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App helps users see UV
As research from Cancer Council Victoria warns that 1 in 3 adults don’t understand the cause of sunburn, SunSmart has launched a Deakin-developed app to encourage users to protect their skin. A Cancer Council Victoria survey has found more than a third of Victorians don’t know the correct indicator of
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Quickstep brings global R&D to Geelong
In a time of major transition from low value to high value manufacturing in Geelong, Deakin University is playing a key role in facilitating the region’s economic transition to a globally-recognised, high-productivity knowledge economy. The Future Economy Precinct has been established at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus to support industry and
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Change of gears for cycling
Conversations with his father about applying engineering principles to bike riding provided the spark of an entrepreneurial idea for a Deakin engineering graduate. Champion BMX rider Michael Williams was still in high school when he came up with an idea for a device to allow cyclists to change gears without
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mineAlloy training centre to bolster Australian mining
Australia’s multi-billion dollar mining equipment sector is set for a major filip, with the launch of a high-tech ARC training centre at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus. The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has visited Deakin University to launch mineAlloy – the Australian Research Council (ARC)
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In their own words – Dr Mazher Mohammed
A physicist with a PhD in engineering and a passion for molecular biology, immunology, bioengineering, 3D printing and pulling things apart to see how they work – it’s difficult to categorise Dr Mazher Mohammed, but “ideas man” might just about cover it. The inside of Dr Mazher Mohammed’s head is
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Lab studies the research
Deakin’s new laboratory for meta-analysis of research will bring together scholars from across the University and the world. Meta-analysis – a statistical procedure for combining data from multiple studies in order to discover the true effect of an intervention – has a new home at Deakin University with the launch
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Young Victorians prepare for Solar Challenge
The 2017 Model Solar Vehicle Challenge is engaging a new generation in sustainable technology. Hundreds of primary, secondary and university students are preparing for the 2017 Model Solar Vehicle Challenge (MSVC) being held at Scienceworks in Spotswood this weekend (21-22 October). Deakin University has taken on the role of major
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Staying ahead of cybercrime
With a new team at the helm, Deakin’s Centre for Cyber Security Research is contributing to research to help protect Australians against cybercrime. Deakin University’s Centre for Cyber Security Research (CCSR) is contributing to Australia’s national cyber security strategy as one of a number of universities, research institutions, industry partners
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ARC grant secures path to cyber privacy
A Deakin team will draw on the latest in machine learning and data mining to improve Cloud security. Education, business, government and finance sectors are set to gain a powerful new tool in the race against cybercrime, thanks to a team of Deakin University researchers. Led by Alfred Deakin Professor
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Deakin takes on leadership in ‘Supply Chain and Logistics’
A new Centre aims to meet exploding industry demand for skilled graduates and quality research. It has only joined Deakin this year, but the new Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) is making its presence felt. The Director of the Centre, Dr Hermione Parsons, has just received the “Personality
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Hand power
A team of Deakin researchers is working on ways to power the next generation in prosthetic limbs. Scientists from Deakin University’s and CSIRO’s Battery Technology Research and Innovation Hub (BatTRI-Hub) are aiming to develop safe and reliable batteries for a unique robotic hand created by researchers from the University of
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New nano-tech lab for TDNBC
Cutting edge research has taken another step forward with the opening of the new TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre nano-chemistry laboratory. With a focus on research into the global challenges of food security and sustainable agriculture, the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC) is the world’s first dedicated nanobiotechnology research centre. A partnership between
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Start-up marks new phase for FLAIM Trainer
Deakin University has launched a start-up business to share the power of its virtual reality firefighting simulator, the FLAIM Trainer.  FLAIM Systems Pty Ltd is a Geelong-based start-up aimed at commercialising the ground-breaking research from Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI). Associate Professor James Mullins, who
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New ‘scientific method’ to supercharge innovation
An academic / industry collaboration has created an approach likely to lead to a ‘step change’ in developing new materials, with huge potential to boost innovation. A team of world-class experts at Deakin University and their enterprising industry partner have developed an entirely new way to optimise processes for manufacturing
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Success for Carbon Nexus
Deakin’s cutting-edge carbon fibre research facility is the winner of the 2017 Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards Innovation, Research and Development category. Carbon Nexus, Deakin University’s globally unique, $34 m research facility was last night recognised for its significant work in industrial-scale carbon fibre research and support for the growth
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‘Time-resolved’ chemistry brings new era of analytics
Deakin’s Professor of Smart Sensing Rosanne Guijt is developing trail-blazing applications in agriculture, environmental management and health. Innovative ways to provide long-term and day-by-day (bio)chemical data on-site to enhance productivity, welfare and security are the focus of Deakin University’s new Professor of Smart Sensing Rosanne Guijt. Professor Guijt has no
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International acclaim for 3D printing pioneer
In a coup for the School of Engineering, a Deakin expert in additive manufacturing has been recognised on the world stage. Deakin University Professor of Additive Manufacturing Ian Gibson is the first Australian academic to receive a prestigious international award recognising his lifetime contribution to 3D printing. The International Freeform
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IISRI signs major research contract with Australian Navy
Navy firefighters are set to benefit from FLAIM Trainer™ – the Deakin-developed virtual reality training system. Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) has been awarded a $2.16 million contract by the Federal Government’s Defence Innovation Hub. IISRI will develop and demonstrate a next-generation virtual reality hot
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Boost for Australia-India research
Researchers from IFM are among five Deakin scholars to receive a 2017 Incoming Leaders Fellowship from the Australia India Institute at Delhi. Advanced materials research collaborations between Deakin University and India will be strengthened with the awarding of Australia India Institute Incoming Leaders Fellowships to two researchers from Deakin’s Institute
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Ageing in a digital world
A Deakin-led ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub will develop new technologies to improve life for the elderly. Australia’s growing population of people over 65 may find the challenges of ageing easier to deal with in future, thanks to a new ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living. Led by Deakin
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SPARK Deakin spurs budding entrepreneurs
Applicants are being sought for a new intake in Deakin’s start-up Accelerator program, which has a number of successful enterprises to its credit. Confidence, creativity, tenacity and cross-disciplinary collaboration are paying dividends for a growing number of students, staff and alumni who have participated in the SPARK Deakin program. An
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Innovation leads to international investment
A start-up company located within Deakin’s Geelong Innovation Precinct has received significant investment from a world leader in additive manufacturing. Conflux Technology, an advanced manufacturing company specialising in the design and development of direct metal additive manufacturing technology, will move to its next phase of growth with investment from German-based
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Deakin algorithm decrypts brain-on-chip signals
IISRI researchers are helping to measure the brain’s response to stimuli, with huge potential for breakthrough research – in areas ranging from mental health to artificial intelligence. The idea of using a mosquito brain to control aircraft or robots might sound like complete science fiction, but it is one potential
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Fourth industrial revolution is here, claims ARC Laureate Fellow
World-leading IT expert, Professor Svetha Venkatesh, is using pattern recognition and machine learning to explore frontiers in medicine, materials, mental health and many other sectors. Most of us don’t know the term yet, but the world is on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution, claims Deakin University’s new Australian
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Mannequins go high-tech
A multi-disciplinary project to assess medical students in life support is making a difference to learners and teachers. Simulation-based medical training is not new to Deakin University’s School of Medicine, but an automated debriefing tool is opening up new possibilities in the field. The debriefing tool, a collaborative project between
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Swim coaches sense change
New technology from Deakin’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation expands the potential for remote coaching. In the world of competitive swimming, where success is measured in fractions of a second, elite swimmers and their coaches work as a team to develop a winning edge. However, this quest for
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Future of carbon fibre is here
Thanks to breakthrough Deakin research, the University and LeMond Composites have joined forces in a $58 m deal to revolutionise the use of carbon fibre across the world. The partnership, signed today by Mr Greg LeMond – three-time Tour de France winner and the founder and CEO of LeMond Composites
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Funding boost for Deakin’s next generation research
Deakin is among 22 universities to share in $5.7 M of project funding to develop game-changing defence capabilities. Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) has received funding for two projects under the Federal Government’s Next Generation Technologies Fund. The Fund is aimed at engaging industry and
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Deakin celebrates: ARC Laureate Fellowship for Svetha Venkatesh
Deakin has gained a new ARC Laureate Fellow, a new Industrial Transformation Research Hub and two new Future Fellows in the latest round of ARC fellowships and projects. The Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA), Professor Svetha Venkatesh, has been awarded an ARC Laureate
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‘Prototype or die’ motto for ‘Y2’ lab
A research and prototyping lab is pioneering a new approach to product development.  Australian researchers, design thinkers, innovators, technologists and artists have an opportunity to collaborate in a new product development lab in Melbourne, thanks to an innovative partnership between creative ad agency The Royals and Deakin University. Called Y2,
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How far can your shoes run?
Research data on the durability of running shoes challenges a common assumption. Recreational and elite runners should take note: results of a collaborative study from Deakin University’s School of Engineering and School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences suggest that running shoes don’t degrade as much as we might have thought.
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Institute and Strategic Research Centre Directors
Designing Smarter Technologies

Prof Xungai Wang

Director, Institute For Frontier Materials
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Prof Colin Barrow

Director, Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology
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Prof Yang Xiang

Director, Centre for Cyber Security Research
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Prof Saeid Nahavandi

Director, Centre for Intelligent Systems Research
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Prof Svetha Venkatesh

Director, Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics
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Dr David Halliwell

Director, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures
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