Research and development with impact
South Australia has a proven track record of delivering collaborative research and development with our capable industry base and strong Defence presence.
Defence Science and Technology’s long and significant presence in the state has led to research and development strengths in a variety of defence-relevant areas. DST’s research areas align with the research capabilities of the state’s research organisations.
The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Warfare Centre Innovation Hub are also headquartered in South Australia.
University of Adelaide
Australian Institute for Machine Learning – upskills South Australian workers in artificial intelligence and its application to the workplace, build new AI-enabled defence capabilities, supports cost-effective adoption of artificial intelligence by South Australian government agencies and directly supports local South Australian businesses to develop new products based on artificial intelligence.
Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing – develops novel photonic, sensing and measurement technologies targeting applications in defence and national security, as well as environmental monitoring, preventative health, food and wine, and mining. IPAS maintains a strong partnership with the DST Group.
Adelaide Radar Research Centre – focuses on the use of radar for surveillance and environmental monitoring. The centre brings together university research groups, commercial companies and external organisations such as the DST Group, Bureau of Meteorology and Australian Antarctic Division.
Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking – has expertise in mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs); tactical data information links (TADILs); analysis of the use of satellite communications in operational environments and developing systems for minimising costs; and research and development into real-time network emulation systems.
Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies – specialises in traumatic stress research, particularly the epidemiology and neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as psychiatric disorder and wellbeing more broadly.
Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics – facilitates the emergence of a creative inter-disciplinary dialogue on contemporary challenges in the areas of military law, national security, international law, military justice, international relations and strategic policy.
Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology – works to apply fundamental research and know-how in nanotechnology to provide novel, robust solutions to the challenges facing Australia in the general areas of energy, health, security and water.
University of South Australia
Future Industries Institute – focuses on research and innovation in engineering and the physical sciences across four key strands: minerals and resources engineering, energy and advanced manufacturing, environmental science and engineering, and biomaterials engineering and nanomedicine.
Industrial AI Research Centre – brings together experts to design sophisticated AI-driven solutions for autonomous and augmented intelligence systems. It conducts research in Explainable AI and Trustworthy AI, Integrating private ontologies, Knowledge Representation, Natural language processing and understanding, Resilient distributed AI systems, Signal processing, and Sensor systems.
Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments (IVE) – a world leading research centre focusing on advancing the use of immersive technologies such as augmented, virtual and mixed reality. It specialises in Wearable computing, Advanced Human-Computer Interaction techniques and visualisations, Cognitive neuro-engineering, Industrial design, Architecture and Human factors.
Behaviour-Brain-Body – Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre (BBB), brings together expertise in sleep, nutrition and activity, and their combined impact on military operations.
Other Research Organisations
Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre – focuses on three key areas: ensuring the security of critical infrastructure; enabling Australian individuals, businesses and industries to access cyber security solutions; and building the next generation of industry, government and research cyber security leaders, and increasing maturity, capability and collaboration in the sector.
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) – SAHMRI is South Australia’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute, and includes a focus on resilence and wellbeing research with applications to military contexts.