The Melbourne School of Engineering is involved in numerous research projects within its six disciplines.
From here you may browse the breadth of research projects currently underway, and go directly to projects that are recruiting graduate researchers in your discipline.
If you are interested in joining a research group, email the Primary Contact directly to discuss your expertise and experience.
You can also use the University’s Find an Expert directory for assistance in finding a suitable supervisor within your area of interest.
- Biomedical Engineering
The Department of Biomedical Engineering drives research and education in medical technologies, health informatics and healthcare delivery. Combining the expertise of engineers, biomedical researchers, clinical practitioners and industry partners, we create innovative medical solutions that have societal and economic impact. Key themes of research within biomedical engineering include: Biomaterials and tissue engineering; Biomechanics and mechanobiology; Bionics, biomedical imaging and neuroengineering; and Systems and synthetic biology.
By fully integrating medicine, biology and engineering principles, biomedical engineering aims to provide a better understanding of the body and how to treat diseases. New technologies have increased our understanding of how biological systems work, making biomedical engineering one of the most exciting and challenging areas in engineering today. Biomedical engineering is a truly interdisciplinary area, based in the heart of Australia’s premier clinical and bioresearch hub in Parkville.
- Chemical Engineering
The Department of Chemical Engineering has a diverse range of innovative research programs, which focus on four key engineering themes: materials development; separations technology; surface chemistry and rheology; and bioprocessing.
These scientific themes are targeted at key socioeconomic fields, which include medicine, mining, sustainable energy production, water conservation and re-use, and food processing. Examples of current research activities include investigation into soil remediation in Antarctica, production of biofuel from algae, reduction of evaporation in water catchments, new materials for carbon capture and storage, targeted drug and vaccine delivery and cheese microstructure.
The Department is home to several major research centres:
- Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC)
- Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC)
- Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Research
and is a key collaborator in:
- Computing and Information Systems
The School of Computing and Information Systems is an international research leader in computer science, information systems and software engineering. The School is focused on delivering impact in three key areas of Data and Knowledge; Platforms and Systems; and People and Organisations.
Our research is highly diverse, tackling problems across the range of human activities and developing solutions of both immediate and long-term benefit to the community.
Research strengths of the department include business information systems, complex and intelligent systems, distributed and cloud computing, data mining, computational bioinformatics, health information systems, interaction design, knowledge discovery, optimisation, and programming languages. Within these areas, a wide range of projects and collaborative ventures are underway, with organisations such as: IBM’s Global Research and Development Lab, the Melbourne Networked Society Institute, the Defence Science Institute, the Australian Urban Research Information Network and the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces.
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a vibrant, internationally recognised research program, which is focused in three key discipline areas: information, computation and communications networks; photonics, electronics and nanoengineering; and signals, systems, control, optimisation and power engineering.
Topics of interest include: mobile and wireless networks; network design and performance monitoring; optical communication systems; wireless communication; integrated nanoelectronics and nanophotonics; sustainability of growth of the internet; error control coding and information theory; distributed optimisation and networked control; decision and game theory; mathematical systems theory; energy efficient (communication) systems; power electronics; electrical power systems; power system dynamics; data mining; signal processing and radar tracking; and control systems, with applications to water management and defence.
The Department collaborates with a number of research centres and consortia, including:
- Infrastructure Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Spatial Information, Structural)
The Department of Infrastructure Engineering is a unique blend of the disciplines of civil and environmental engineering and spatial information, focused on solving large infrastructure problems, such as improving building construction, transport, water resource systems, catchment management and agriculture.
The department has established excellent links with industry and government both nationally and internationally. Research projects focus on significant and topical subject matter, in the three main areas of civil infrastructure; environmental hydrology and water resources; and spatial information science.
Areas of research investigation include: structural engineering; geotechnical engineering; project management; energy efficiency in buildings; integrated transport; disaster management; geothermal energy; catchment systems; environmental monitoring and assessment; environmental water management, water resource management; next generation flood prediction; impacts of climate change; indoor and outdoor positioning; land administration and 3D cadastre; sensor networks; mobile mapping; environmental modelling; food production; artificial intelligence; and spatial data infrastructure design and development.
The Department of Infrastructure is home to the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration and the Australia-China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management and the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, a collaboration with leading national and international industry and educational institutions.
- Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a focus on four major programs in autonomous systems; biomechanics;, fluid dynamics; and thermodynamics.
Mechanical engineering interacts with all branches of engineering and is increasingly involved with other disciplines, such as medicine and biology.
- Do you have your own research project?
If the area of research you wish to pursue is not covered by a current research project, you can use the Find an Expert directory for assistance in contacting a relevant academic to support your application.