Engineering and Built Environment Research

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment is one of the leading faculties of its kind in Australia. We are internationally recognised for our outstanding research record, which places our engineering schools, with their state-of-the-art facilities, among the best in Australia.

Research in our Schools

Interdisciplinary Built Environment ResearchInterdisciplinary Built Environment Research

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER) was formed in 2003 to address important social, cultural and technical challenges involving architecture, building and design.

Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based MedicineBioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine

The Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM) is committed to shortening the process of obtaining novel discoveries to achieve distinctively better outcomes in clinical practice and translational individualised medicine.

Complex Dynamic Systems and ControlComplex Dynamic Systems and Control

The Priority Research Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control specialises in design, control and analysis and performance optimisation for complex dynamic systems.

The Distributed Computing Research Group (DCRG) is focused on investigating distributed and network computing concepts and implementations.

The Laboratory for Dynamics and Control of Nanosystems (LDCN) is a multi-million dollar state of the art research facility dedicated to the advancement of nanotechnology through innovations in systems theory and control engineering.

Intelligent Electricity NetworksIntelligent Electricity Networks

The Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks (CIEN) is an innovative partnership between NIER and Ausgrid focused on exploring intelligent energy distribution initiatives with the aim of developing technology solutions to meet the challenges of building a more intelligent energy future.

The Interdisciplinary Machine Learning Research Group (IMLRG) investigates different aspects of machine learning and data mining in theory, experiments and applications. Particular emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary projects.

The Newcastle Robotics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research and training initiative of several robotics related research teams from different research areas including applied mathematics, architecture, computer science, control, electrical engineering, neuroscience, mechatronics and software engineering.

Precision Mechatronics LabPrecision Mechatronics Lab

A multidisciplinary group of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers and physicists developing new mechatronic and robotic technologies for fabrication, imaging, and health care

Signal Processing MicroelectronicsSignal Processing Microelectronics

Signal Processing Microelectronics (SPM) is a research centre in Electrical Engineering. SPM conducts work in the areas of high speed FPGA and ASIC implementations; theory-based design and analysis; software tool development; and digital and analog hardware design.

The Telecommunications Networks Research Group is engaged in research and development across a range of new telecommunications technology, in areas such as 4G wireless communication systems, channel coding techniques, Smart Grid Technology, and machine-to-machine communications.

Advanced Particle Processing and TransportAdvanced Particle Processing and Transport

The Priority Research Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport seeks to find solutions to important problems facing the mineral industry, including developing innovative processes to maximise the separation of products from waste material, and ways to reduce water and energy usage.

Bulk Solids and Particulate TechnologiesBulk Solids and Particulate Technologies

The Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies (CBSPT) is actively involved in both fundamental and applied research on a range of problems associated with bulk solids and particulate technology. Research areas include storage, flow, processing and transportation of bulk solids. CBSPT also provides specialist courses for industry through its professional development programs.

Frontier Energy Technologies & UtilisationFrontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation

The Priority Research Centre for Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation develops and commercialises new and innovative technologies to minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions around the world, with a particular focus on carbon dioxide reduction in collaboration with industry, government agencies and international organisations.

Engineers are developing new innovative computer and other models to provide methods of assessment of environmental impacts and management of disturbed ecosystems.

The Fluid Mechanics and Turbulence Research Group is applying an advanced understanding of the physics of turbulence to developments in turbulence computation, control and management.

Geotechnical and Materials ModellingGeotechnical and Materials Modelling

The Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling develops new models and innovative computational methods for predicting the behaviour of geomaterials, metals and composites. Advanced computational methods, coupled with laboratory and field testing are key tools in this pursuit.

Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and EngineeringCentre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan from the School of Engineering is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE).  The Centre pioneers new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design to underpin Australia's energy and transport infrastructure, resulting in increased productivity and sustainability of the nation's major export industries.

Ironmaking Materials ResearchIronmaking Materials Research

The Centre for Ironmaking Materials Research (CIMR) is a partnership between NIER and BHP Billiton, aimed at defining the link between fundamental iron ore and metallurgical coal properties and their performance in the ironmaking process.

Infrastructure Performance and ReliabilityInfrastructure Performance and Reliability

The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) is at the international forefront in assessing the reliability, safety, durability and management of buildings, bridges, pipelines, aviation, and other infrastructure systems. The pioneering research at CIPAR includes risk and reliability assessment, corrosion of infrastructure, and structural masonry.

The Knowledge Engineering Research Team (KERT) brings together academics at the University of Newcastle who have research interests in knowledge engineering, smart knowledge management systems, multi-agent agents, knowledge-based embedded systems and augmented reality.

Mass and Thermal Transport in Engineering MaterialsMass and Thermal Transport in Engineering Materials

The Centre for Mass and Thermal Transport in Engineering Materials has a very strong research capability in the theory and simulation of mass and thermal transport in a wide variety of materials ranging from disordered and ordered multicomponent alloys to cation-mixed oxides, from metal/ceramic composites to fast ion conductors.

The Materials Engineering Research Group conducts research into the properties, behaviour and structure of materials to enhance their performance.

Multiphase ProcessesMultiphase Processes

The Centre for Multiphase Processes conducts research in the science and technology of fine particles and bubbles. Multiphase processes, which involve more than one phase of matter, form the basis for all Australian process industries including food, energy, agricultural, production and processing.

The Surveying Research Group is conducting research in the photogrammetry and special information area, in applications of automated image matching and surface shape registration, without the use of control points.

The Water Resources Engineering Research Group are developing innovative computer models to provide methods of assessment of environmental impacts and management of disturbed ecosystems.