20 December 2019

subs.jpgThe University of South Australia has secured two out of four grants designed to boost South Australia’s defence industry capability by applying new research knowledge and innovation and working partnership with industry, to help solve some of the real challenges facing the defence sector.

The successful projects - Narrative Visualisation of Simulations for Force Design and Optimal Target Detection for Marine Radars Using Waveform Diversity – each receiving $150,000 - were announced today in the latest round of the South Australian Defence Innovation Partnership Cooperative Research Grants.

UniSA Director Defence and Space, Matt Opie says the results are a strong endorsement of UniSA’s defence research expertise.

“Not only are we leading two of the projects, but we are also a key partner in the other two defence industry projects,” Opie says.

“We undertake world-class research in virtual reality systems led by some of the leading experts in that field and our signals processing research expertise dates back 40 years – so we have the capacity to deliver the Australian Defence Force critical advanced capability.

“We are also highly experienced at working with industry and bringing together research teams that are outcomes focussed.”

A relatively new field – narrative visualisation – brings data to life both qualitatively and by presenting a visual story about meaningful trends that can be rapidly understood and acted upon.

The process reveals trends, causal relationships and decisive events and has the potential to be applied in real-time combat situations to ensure better and more informed decision-making.

“UniSA’s world-leading research in narrative visualisation will allow defence analysts to explore and analyse information and quickly make sense of what can otherwise be overwhelming amounts of data,” Director of the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, Professor Bruce Thomas says. 

In the second project, the optimal target detection for marine radars, researchers will address the challenge of what is known as ‘sea clutter’ or the interference that waves on the ocean’s surface cause to the detection of targets on or above the sea surface, particularly an issue for small targets.

“This important research will advance high performance navigation radar systems for future marine platforms for both the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air force,” UniSA’s associate head of engineering research and innovation, Professor Kutluyil Dogancay says.

UniSA researchers will also contribute to a project to devise conducting carbon coatings for naval vessels to deter marine creature growth on vessels and the development of a large-scale submarine model that with allow for simulator-based training for next generation submariners.

Industry partners for all of the projects will provide a vital pathway for the commercialisation of the research outcomes and the transfer of technology.

“As Australia’s university of enterprise, UniSA has long experience working with industry to bring innovations to commercial reality and these projects will help to develop high-functioning industry partnerships and deliver the State increased defence sector capability,” Opie says.

UniSA is a foundation member of the Defence Innovation Partnership, designed to generate defence-related research and development activity in South Australia between industry, universities and government. It also boasts one of the longest running formal relationships with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group of any Australian university.

Media contact: Michèle Nardelli phone: +61 418 823 673 or +61 8 8302 0966 email: Michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au


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