Our vision

At Swinburne we are dedicated to producing outstanding research that is relevant and internationally recognised. We offer our research students, staff and collaborators the opportunity to participate in world-changing projects. We invest in these projects and in excellent facilities to support these research activities.

Core strengths

Research at Swinburne is focused on our core strengths. Through this focused approach we are able to concentrate our human and technical resources to create real change in the world.  We work on innovative solutions and research programs that advance the economic, health and wellbeing of society. 

Our research and development activities occur in five key areas: future manufacturing, sustainable futures, digital frontiers, personal and societal wellbeing, and inspirational science and technology.

Looking to the future

Through strategic investment in infrastructure and research excellence, we are now internationally recognised as a research-intensive university of world standard. 

We are committed to encouraging, supporting and investing in research and development that aspires for the highest quality. We move forward with a focus on outcomes and impact through close engagement with industry and the broader community. Our research informs public debate and policy development, and ensures the currency of our teaching. 

We aim to attract high quality research students and staff by providing outstanding research infrastructure and we pursue strategic partnerships that increase our capability and impact.

Creative partnerships with industry

We have a reputation for creativity and excellence in applied research, and our research innovation and collaboration with industry has resulted in the commercialisation of countless new ideas, products and services. 

Our past success is demonstrated by our impressive record of scholarship, publication and research funding, while our ongoing commercial, government and community partnerships ensure a bright future for research at Swinburne.


Swinburne researchers are committed to the highest ethical, professional and scholarly standards. At Swinburne, our research conforms to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Our People, Culture and Integrity Policy also reflects our commitment to the code.

These standards promote ethically sound research, which includes demonstrating respect for the rights and interests of research participants and the community. They also include a commitment to the humane care and use of animals for scientific purposes and responsible biosafety practices.

Researchers must submit a proposal to the relevant ethics or biosafety committee before they can proceed with their research project. A proposal will only be approved if it meets the requirements of the code and any other external or internal standards. The project must then be conducted within the terms of the approval; any deviations must be submitted for timely ethical review as appropriate.

Find out more about research ethics at Swinburne.

Our focus

Swinburne’s designated areas of research strength are as follows:

Astrophysics and physics

  • 3D Astronomy Animations and Movies 
  • Advanced Statistics and Big Data
  • Applied Optics
  • Big Bang Cosmology
  • Biophotonics
  • Black Holes and Galaxy Structure
  • Cell Biophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Galaxy Formation
  • Globular Clusters
  • GPU and advanced HPC algorithms
  • Multi-Dimensional Optical Data Storage
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanophotonics
  • Nanoplasmonics
  • Optical Fibre Sensors
  • Photovoltaics
  • Pulsars
  • Scientific Computing and Visualisation
  • Square Kilometre Array 
  • Star and Planet Formation
  • Super Massive Black Holes
  • Super Resolution Microscopy
  • Ultracold Quantum Gases
  • Ultrafast Laser Science and Spectroscopy


  • Airline Operations
  • Aviation Human Factors
  • Aviation Performance Limitations
  • Aviation Safety
  • Aviation Strategy
  • Aviation Policy 

Brain and psychological sciences

  • Aged care
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Eye-movement capabilities
  • Family Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychological Measurement
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sport Psychology 
  • Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Business and Law

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Intellectual property
  • Law
  • Philanthropy and social investment 
  • Social enterprise
  • Social impact

Chemistry and biotechnology

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioreactors and Tissue Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Colloids and Interface Science
  • Food Science
  • Graphene
  • Materials Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Polymers at Interfaces
  • Photocatalysis
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Surface Analysis
  • Water Analysis 

Civil and construction engineering

  • 3D strong structures testing 
  • Advanced Structural Engineering
  • Construction Materials
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Geopolymers
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Infrastructure Renewal
  • Road Pavement Systems
  • Sustainable Urban Water Systems
  • Transportation Systems Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering

Computer science and software engineering

  • Agent-Based Systems
  • Broadband Internet Protocol (IP) Architectures
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computing Education
  • Data Visualisation
  • Database Systems
  • Energy Efficient Networking
  • Human Computer Interactions
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • IP Network Resilience and Security
  • Mobile Networking
  • Model-Driven Engineering
  • Optimisation and Workflow Management
  • Power System stability and control
  • Smart Grids and Microgrids
  • Software Analysis and Testing
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Security
  • Wireless Communication 


  • Allied Health Design
  • Service Design
  • Product Manufacturing Design
  • Public Good Design

Health and Medical Sciences

  • Biomedical science
  • Cancer screening and survivorship
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Medical Biophysics
  • Non-ionising radiation effects/Bioelectromagnetics
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Public and environmental health
  • Sport Science
  • Statistics
  • Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Humanities and social sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Communication, Journalism and Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Literature
  • Digital Media, Film and Television
  • Education
  • Games
  • History
  • Housing and Urban Studies
  • Languages: Chinese, Italian and Japanese
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology 

Maritime engineering

  • Air-Sea Interactions
  • Climate and Ocean Remote Sensing
  • Ocean and Coastal Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Tropical Cyclones 


  • Computational Nanofluidics
  • Dynamical systems
  • Mathematical biology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Stochastic processes 

Mechanical, materials and manufacturing engineering

  • Additive and Near Net Shape Manufacturing
  • Biointerface Engineering
  • Design for Aging
  • Electric Vehicle Research
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • High Impact Materials Testing
  • High Temperature Materials Processing
  • Manufacturing Porcesses
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Medical Devices and Diagnostics
  • Microbially Influenced Corrosion
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Non-Contact Inspection and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Railway infrastructure (wear, fatigue)
  • Recycling
  • Surface Engineering
  • Thermal Spray and Laser Processing
  • Ultrasound
  • Virtual Design and Prototyping
  • Water Resource Modelling
  • Wave Modelling and Wave Induced Processes 

Methodology and statistics

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health research design
  • Public opinion research (online, face to face and CATI)
  • Sampling

Telecommunications, electrical and robotics engineering

  • Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing
  • Automation and Control Systems
  • Electric vehicle - battery, electric power train, autonomous control and ITS networked robotics
  • Power System stability and control
  • Signal and Image Processing