Defence, Cyber and Space
With the defence, cyber and space sectors rapidly becoming our state and national priorities, our researchers are helping government bodies, industry and private enterprise take advantage of emerging strategic, scientific and commercial opportunities.
We are constantly developing ever closer engagement with governments and industries to ensure that our research informs governments and industries about our environment, the opportunities and potential threats now and into the future.
Our researchers strive to be world leading in relevant fields of space-related resource exploration, extraction, processing and utilisation research to support human exploration and settlement in space; to be leading in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning, cyber security, and autonomous systems as problem solvers in Defence, Cyber and Space; and to give the Australian defence force an operational edge and reduced operational risks.
We focus on three critical areas of research:
Our new Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources (ATCSR) focuses on the solving the challenges of making long-term space exploration viable through the utilisation of space resource-related research, education and commercialisation pathways.
ECMS researchers played a key role in the establishment of the national Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC). Here, our researchers are developing ground breaking technologies on software security, network security, side channel attacks, cybercrime and digital forensics.
As a core partner of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre and the home of the SmartSat CRC Professorial Chair of Sentient Spacecraft, our research contributes to advanced communications, on-board intelligence and earth observation, which has applications in agriculture, environmental monitoring, resources and defence.
Our research and its impact on society
Our research activities cover a full range of specialist physical, technological and computational capability.
Other areas of particular focus include:
- data science, including statistics, data analytics, optimisation and logistics
- advanced signal processing, radar systems and antenna design
- system execution modelling to optimise performance in size-, weight- and power-constrained software systems, such as for combat management and drones
- technologies in the marine environment that help reduce platforms’ acoustic signatures
- self-cleaning and antibacterial coatings, specialised nanomaterials, and other functional materials, such as graphene.
Our research capabilities
We have a long history of undertaking collaborative, strategically-aligned research with the defence sector, and maintain strong relationships with the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and Australian Defence Force (ADF). Our Defence research directly benefits all ADF branches, and also holds significant potential for civilian, industrial and commercial applications. Likewise, our Space-related research contributes to many other important sectors’ development. Among them:
Associated research centres and institutes
- Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers
- ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation
- Australian Institute for Machine Learning
- BAE Systems Joint Open Innovation Network
- Centre for Automotive Safety Research
- Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking
- Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies
- Centre for High Performance Integrated Technologies and Systems
- Cyber Security CRC
- Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre
- Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
- SmartSat CRC
- Teletraffic Research Centre
Dr Hung Nguyen is the research theme leader for Defence, Cyber and Space. His research spans all areas of communication and information networking, including: Provable Network Security; Software-Defined Networking; Cellular and Ad Hoc Networks; Network Design, Configuration and Routing; and Network Measurement and Tomography.