School research

The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences is active in many areas of research.

Our research groups in mathematics, physics and statistics are very successful in attracting funding from the highly competitive Australian Research Council Grant schemes, from industry and other governmental organisations.

Our researchers are involved with four of the University's Priority Research Centres and the School is home to The Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) which provides a scientific and mathematical basis for the decisions that are made in many areas of business, industry and government.

Our research publications have a strong impact, as indicated by high citation rates and we have a particularly strong national profile in mathematics.

We have internationally recognised expertise in the areas of analysis, number theory, optimisation, surface physics, plasma waves and statistics.

We are strongly committed to research training with many PhD and research masters students from both Australia and overseas.

Our research strengths

Research capabilities within the School:

  • Applied mathematics, including operations research
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Categorical data analysis
  • Computer assisted research mathematics and its applications
  • Data mining
  • Data science
  • Global climate change statistical methodologies
  • Medical physics
  • Photonics
  • Number theory
  • Space physics
  • Statistical/machine learning
  • Surface and nanoscience