Our group

We are the Cybernetics Research Group, part of the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Program at CSIRO’s Data61 Business Unit.

Our vision

The vision of the Cybernetics research group is 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.

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.

Our people

With over 30 people spread between Sydney and Hobart, Australia, our team is comprised of Research Scientists, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Engineers, PhD & Masters Students and Industrial Trainees.

The Group is distributed across two key teams: Microsensing and Communication & Signal Processing.

Our partners

The cybernetics group focuses its capability in areas of strength—such as microsensing design, data management, and radio frequency (RF) manipulation—and increases capability and impact through collaboration. Key partners of the group include:

  • The Neuroscience Department of Monash University, who provide world-class domain expertise and facilities in electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Anatomics, who provide commercialisation, manufacturing facilities and expertise
  • DSTG, Boeing, EM Clarity, Minetec, Intel, Hitachi, Anatomics, and Vale mining company.

Highlights and key scientific achievements

Key achievements for the Cybernetics group include:

  • Forming the Global Initiative for Honey bee Health, which resulted in global collaboration, research output, national and international awards and publicity.
  • Developing unique microsensing devices, including MEMS and RF energy scavenging, and 3D microbatteries for energy storage. These were two crucial technology bottlenecks in miniaturisation of sensing platforms that have led to the following patents:
    • ‘Conducting polymers’, PCT/AU2017/050060 (filed on 29 Jan 2016). Patent number: WO/2017/127890
    • ‘An Electromagnetic Device’, Australian Provisional Patent Application No: 2014902621 (filed on 7 July 2014). Patent Cooperation Treaty: PCT/AU2015/050175 (filed on 7 July 2015). Patent Number: WO2016004476-A1.
  • Developing innovative formalisms for understanding swarm sensing inspired by statistical mechanics (see Mahub et al. 2017).

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