Our work

We focus on attending to technology needs of several application domains for organisations and industries in high priority sectors which are of strategic value to Australia.

We work to create a future enhanced by ubiquitous devices, where the interface between machines and complex environments is seamless, and to create situational awareness in real-time.

Key science challenges to address this vision include:

  • Determining how to collect real-time data from complex environments and create situational awareness: Complex environments include the brain and other neural or sensory systems of living species, the central business district of a large city, an entire ecosystem, or an industry or large infrastructure facility. Complexity is defined here as an environment with competing signals where only a few signals are relevant to produce data for situational awareness. These signals are usually noisy, minute in strength, and non-stochastic.
  • Learning how plasticity will require systems to adapt to continue providing relevant data for creating situation awareness: Plasticity in biology is the ability an organism has to adapt to changes in its environment or differences between its various habitats. In electronic communications, plasticity could be the ability to take advantage of existing gateways to adaptively create optimal pathways (in threats, for example, to hide or create countermeasures).

The research of the cybernetics group is highly multidisciplinary and involves working with experts in domains from entomology and neuroscience to mining and agriculture. It aims to create real-time situational awareness in complex environments, particularly of biological agents such as human brain state or animal behaviour.

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