Research at UniSA is inspired by challenges and underpinned by excellence, with 100% of its assessed detailed fields of research rated at or above world-class.*

We pride ourselves on our capacity to create interdisciplinary teams that tackle significant real world problems and create opportunities to build capacity and translate research into tangible outcomes and innovative real world impact.

Our research strengths span the spectrum – from fundamental to applied and translational research – and cross many areas of impact in the space sector, including;

  • Telecommunications and signals processing
  • Satellites and remote sensing
  • Engineering and system integration
  • Autonomous and unmanned systems
  • Big data advanced analytics and predictive modelling
  • Cybersecurity and information assurance
  • Earth observation and planetary science.

Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR)

ITR is an internationally recognised research centre with more than 25 years’ expertise in satellite communications applied to telecommunication services, earth observation, remote sensing, and defence. ITR is home to a range of teaching and research laboratories, including multiband satellite ground station facilities. It works extensively with the space industry, on projects such as tracking Autonomous Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) to the International Space Station, improving satellite based search and rescue systems and increasing the data rates for earth observation satellites.


Defence and Systems Institute (DASI)

DASI's cutting-edge research informs industry on the design, integration, and modelling of complex defence and engineering systems. Projects range from autonomous and unmanned systems to exploitation of biology for sensing systems, micro air vehicles (MAVs), acoustic propagation, tomography, and multi-user/ multi-vehicle autonomy.


Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC)

ACRC focuses on innovative research across intelligent software engineering, visualisation and augmented reality, health informatics, security and information assurance, data analytics and business intelligence.


Future Industries Institute (FII)

FII focuses on the significant capability, infrastructure and reputation of the University’s existing research strengths and substantial research infrastructure across four research strands:

  • Minerals and resources engineering
  • Energy and advanced manufacturing
  • Environmental science and engineering 
  • Biomaterials engineeringand nanomedicine.


* Excellence in Research for Australia 2018