Engineering research

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Throughout history, engineering has shaped our lives and continues to shape the world around us. The world is a more comfortable, safe and exciting place because engineering solutions bring clean water, reliable energy, faster communication and lifesaving medical equipment.

Advanced electromagnetics

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.

Advanced materials & impact dynamics

Our researchers are changing the way we develop resilient materials and structures to outperform conventional materials when placed under dynamic loading conditions.

Artificial intelligence for space

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.

Cyber-physical systems

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.

Ethics in AI

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.

Fluid & fluid-structure interaction

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.

Optimisation & design

We’re developing innovative, 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.

Project management

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.

Resilient infrastructure

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

Sustainable infrastructure

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.

Systems & control

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

Trusted autonomy

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.

Designing the future of bushfire modelling

We focus on the dynamics of fire and its interactions with the built and natural environment, fire safety engineering and firefighting technology to quantify the behaviour of fire and means to reduce the impact of fire on people, property and the environment.