The Internet of Things Lab

The internet of things (IoT) incorporates billions of internet-connected devices. These range from cameras, sensors, RFIDs, smart phones and wearables, to smart meters, vehicles, medication pills, signs and industrial machines. Such 'things' are often owned by different organisations to the people who are deploying and using them for their own purposes.

Federations of such IoT devices (referred to as IoT things) can deliver timely and accurate information, which we can use to solve internet-scale problems that were too difficult to tackle before, and which may result in changes in the physical world.

The Internet of Things Lab addresses difficult problems in our industries, cities, farms, hospitals, homes, personal lives and society. We collect and integrate data from IoT devices and build IoT solutions that are capable of filtering, aggregating, correlating, and contextualising IoT information in real time, on the move, in the cloud and securely.

  • We are also developing:
  • advanced IoT sensors, devices and robots that are connected to and collaborating in the IoT ecosystem
  • edge/fog computing services for IoT-specific computing and QoS solutions
  • wearable and augmented-reality solutions that allow human operators and decision makers to interact with the cyber-physical world.

Our researchers are responsible for solutions that have impacted the manufacturing, energy and agriculture industries and improved our environment, health, cities, government and defence capabilities in Australia and overseas.

Our director

Professor Dimitrios Georgakopoulos joined Swinburne in July 2016. He was previously at RMIT, CSIRO’s ICT Centre and the Information Engineering Laboratory (the largest computer science research program in Australia). He has also held research and management positions in several industrial laboratories in the USA, including Telcordia Technologies, Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC), GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore).

He is currently an adjunct professor at Australian National University and a CSIRO Adjunct Fellow. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 journal and conference publications, including three seminal papers on service computing, workflow management, and the internet of things.

Research programs

Discovery, integration and analysis

  • Description, search, and discovery of IoT devices and their data
  • Integration of IoT devices and data
  • Real-time IoT data analysis
  • Localisation, personalisation (myIoT), and contextualisation of IoT data

Actuation and automation

  • Process automation, monitoring and improvement
  • IoT actuation and feedback


  • Low-power/long-range networking for IoT devices
  • IoT cloud services and resources
  • Edge/fog computing services for IoT
  • Mobile sensing and computing
  • Wearable IoT systems
  • IoT cost models and QoS

Devices and machines

  • Advanced IoT sensors and other devices
  • IoT-connected robots and collaboration in the IoT ecosystem

Human participation

  • IoT data visualisation and augmented reality for decision making
  • Using human sensors, social media analysis, and crowdsourcing
  • Information space intersection (e.g., fusion of sensor data with the social media postings)


Professor Dimitrios Georgakopoulos

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