From discovery to implementation, technological advancements move at a rapid pace. Digital disruptions such as cloud computing, machine learning, mobile devices, the Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence not only drive change, but also respond to it. Agile, multi-faceted solutions are the key to transforming industries and business models using digital solutions to create economic, political, health and environmental change.  

At UniSA, our partnership model is centred on agility. We work closely with organisations across the technology, computing and AI sectors to ensure we can predict future trends and provide creative solutions that support future growth. We bring together researchers from multidisciplinary areas, including computer sciences, engineering, architecture, digital design, mathematical sciences, industrial design, psychology, and digital media.

What we do

Development of proof-of-concept solutions


Exploration of immersive technologies to solve business challenges


Adoption of financial risk and stochastic modelling


Application of augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies to enhance service delivery

Inspiring young talent through project-based PhD opportunities is another way that we work with industry to support thought leadership and address the complex problems of our partners.  Our researchers and students work with industry on many projects, including:

  • Use of virtual reality in reversing or delaying the progression of cognitive impairments
  • Application of train driver advice system that continually calculates the most efficient way to complete a journey
  • Design and development of submarine control room layouts and physical ergonomics of future attack-class submarines
  • Investigating how immersive technologies can be incorporated into brain training tools to support pain management and education.

With expert researchers and state-of-the-art facilities, we have the capabilities to work with partners on a range of sector related challenges and opportunities.

Our partners

At UniSA, we match our research strengths and capability with the demands and opportunities of our partners, and maximise the mutual benefits of engagement.

Hear from our partners and staff

UniSA is a globally connected university, collaborating with more than 2,500 companies worldwide. Hear from our partners and staff about their collaborations and engagement.

“The world is evolving faster than it ever has. With a smart and dedicated TTG and UniSA team, we will continue to maintain a heightened level of curiosity and focus on how we improve technology capability to drive sustainability in transport.”

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Ben Dvoracek

Managing Director of ANZ Rail
TTG and Trapeze

Ben Dvoracek

Managing Director of ANZ Rail
TTG and Trapeze

“We came to UniSA with a fantasy… a customer request that we wanted to accomplish. The key thing was that UniSA didn’t sit back and wait for a list of requirements… they had a keen understanding of how both public safety and security really worked and what the product would need to do.”

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Cameron Chell

CEO
Draganfly

Cameron Chell

CEO
Draganfly

“Saab Australia has enjoyed a productive relationship with UniSA’s IVE for several years through the development and support of student projects that involve AR/VR technology.  

In 2020, this relationship grew to include participation in research that has won funding to explore advanced concepts in visualising machine learning outcomes.” 

Dennis Medlow

R&D & University Engagement Manager
Saab Australia

Dennis Medlow

R&D & University Engagement Manager
Saab Australia

“Accenture is thrilled to work with UniSA on the Innovation Academy, which will transform how we think about digital business education, give students real-world applicability, and contribute to the upskilling of Australian talent. 

Our new partnership is built on trust and doing something different. I love working with the UniSA team on this – it’s refreshing and it’s exciting. ”

Jordan Griffiths

Operations Lead for Australia and New Zealand
Accenture

Jordan Griffiths

Operations Lead for Australia and New Zealand
Accenture

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Why partner with UniSA?

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No.1 IN AUSTRALIA FOR RESEARCH IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT

2018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed
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#1 YOUNG UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA FOR INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS

2022 THE Young University Rankings – Industry Income Indicator.

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ABOVE WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Results in Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

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#1 YOUNG UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA FOR INDUSTRY INCOME

2022 THE World University Rankings

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100% OF OUR ASSESSED RESEARCH RATED AT OR ABOVE WORLD-CLASS

2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

Partner case studies

Using artificial intelligence to detect COVID-19

UniSA and partner Draganfly Inc have developed world-first technology that remotely detects the key symptoms of COVID-19 – breathing and heart rates, temperature, and blood oxygen levels.

A UniSA team led by Professor Javaan Chahl collaborated with Draganfly, the world’s oldest commercial drone manufacturer, to develop technology that combines engineering, drones, cameras, and artificial intelligence to monitor people’s vital health signs remotely. Within months, the technology had moved from drones to security cameras and kiosks, scanning vital health signs in 15 seconds.  

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“We came to UniSA with a fantasy… a customer request that we wanted to accomplish. The key thing was that UniSA didn’t sit back and wait for a list of requirements… they had a keen understanding of how both public safety and security really worked and what the product would need to do.”

Cameron Chell, Draganfly CEO

Energy efficient, on-time trains

Software developed by UniSA and industry partners TTG and Modaxo uses information about a train, its route, and schedule to calculate efficient driving strategies and advise drivers when to accelerate and brake to ensure they arrive on time with minimum energy use.

The software, trademarked as Energymiser, is now on trains across the UK, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa, saving rail companies up to 20 per cent of their energy costs. 

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The world is evolving faster than it ever has. With a smart and dedicated TTG and UniSA team, we will continue to maintain a heightened level of curiosity and focus on how we improve technology capability to drive sustainability in transport.

Ben Dvoracek, Managing Director of ANZ Rail at TTG and Trapeze

Turning complex data into stories people can see

The world has seen a rapid increase in the amount of data available on everything from our health to our education to our national security. While this huge bank of information holds enormous potential benefits, finding a way to present it in a digestible, usable format is a key challenge shared across a range of sectors. UniSA is working with BAE Systems and IMCRC to develop simple visual methods for representing complex data to map the operational and service histories of warships.

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“Sometimes industry can be constrained in its thinking as a result of process and procedures which we are required to adhere to, especially in the defence sector. Collaborating with university researchers, like those at UniSA, enables industry teams to again think freely, as such constraints are not embedded in academic researchers.”

Wendy Bourke, Senior Project Manager, Innovation, Research and Technology, Hunter Class Frigate Program, BAE Systems

Improving mental health in aged care

UniSA has partnered with Helping Hand to address widespread apathy and improve mental health in aged care using virtual reality (VR) technology. Apathy in aged care homes hastens cognitive decline and can affect up to 84 per cent of older populations.  

The innovative tool enables seniors to relive happy memories from their past through a 360-degree experience. Residents with the highest levels of apathy showed the most improvement suggesting using VR may help improve the lives of older adults in residential aged care. 

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“Working with Helping Hand allowed me to understand aged care systems and procedures so I could ensure we were engaging with both residents and their families in the right way while providing person-centred care.”

Dimitrios Saredakis, PhD Candidate at UniSA

Explore our research

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, our research centres work closely with industry on projects that deliver transformative improvements using smart technology, artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and more.

Experts in technology, computing & AI

Meet our researchers and learn about how they are working towards solving industry and partner challenges.

My research has had a strong focus on augmented reality, virtual reality, wearable computers, and user interfaces. This focus has meant I have had the opportunity to work on a range of exciting projects with industry, including with CADwalk Global, BAE Systems Australia, CSIRO, and DST. With BAE Systems Australia, we are investigating, developing and producing smart manufacturing facilitating technologies to bring Industry 4.0 technologies to modern ship building. Projects with DST are investigating the future methods of providing interactive information to commanders in the command centre.

Professor Bruce Thomas
Director, Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments

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Professor Bruce Thomas
Director, Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments

Architectural computing and design cognition are two of my main research areas. Applying this research to real-world issues is a key focus of mine, and through recent partnerships with Australian Institute of Architects South Australian Chapter, architecture studios such as Hames Sharley and ARM Architecture, and end-user organisation Uniting Communities, we explored innovative ways to integrate emerging technologies into architecture practice and education and studied their impact on design and designers. Using technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, Building Information Modelling and Digital Twins, we can virtually test different design solutions and help improve the quality of and living experiences in the built environment. 

Professor Ning Gu
Deputy Director, Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments

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Professor Ning Gu
Deputy Director, Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments

From building solar cars to designing energy policies that increase the use of renewable energy, I have worked with industry partners on many projects that focus on the application of scheduling and control methods to develop practical solutions to real-world problems. For over 23 years I have worked with TTG Transportation Technology to develop Energymiser, software that helps the international rail industry to optimise train scheduling, energy efficiency, and driver safety. Now that TTG has joined Modaxo, we are exploring how to improve not only the scheduling and control of trains, but also light rail and buses.

Associate Professor Peter Pudney
Associate Professor of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

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Associate Professor Peter Pudney
Associate Professor of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

I am passionate about conceptualising and recording vernacular knowledge, architecture and cultural heritage in Australia and Indonesia. My colleagues and I from UniSA’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments [IVE] worked in partnership with local government to investigate and document colonial mining heritage in regional South Australia. As part of this research, we have collaborated with local Aboriginal Nations around cultural recognition and empowerment through cultural heritage preservation and curatorial opportunities.

Dr Julie Nichols

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Dr Julie Nichols

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