School research

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

Our research groups in mathematics, physics, statistics, computing and information technology, and cyber security attract funding from industry, government organisations and the highly competitive Australian Research Council grant schemes.

Our School researchers are involved with collaborations with other University of Newcastle researchers as part of the following research groups:

Priority Research Centres:

  • Complex Dynamic Systems and Control
  • Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications
  • Frontier Energy Technologies and Utilisation
  • Organic Electronics
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition

University Research Centres:

  • Optimal Planning and Operations
  • Space Physics
  • Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre
  • Brain and Mental Health Research

School Research Groups:

  • Medical Physics
  • Surface and Nanoscience
  • i3Lab
  • Interdisciplinary Machine Learning Group
  • Newcastle Robotics Laboratory

We have a strong national profile in mathematics, and our expertise in the areas of analysis, number theory, optimisation, surface physics, plasma waves and statistics is recognised internationally.

Research in computing and IT, data science and statistics ranges from fundamental research in human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, software engineering and image processing to more applied research in educational technology and decision making. This breadth of research enables the CIT discipline to address key challenges in industries such as health, education, food, logistics, mining, defense, transport and business.

We are strongly committed to research training, with many PhD and research masters students from both Australia and overseas choosing to study in our School.

Our research strengths

  • Applications of computing
    • Large-scale data science/data analytic solutions
      • business and customer analytics
      • bioinformatics
      • biomedical/health
      • digital humanities
      • operations research/management science/logistics
  • Applied mathematics, including operations research
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Categorical data analysis
  • Computational intelligence
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Machine learning and deep learning
    • Memetic computing
  • Computer assisted research mathematics and its applications
  • Cyber security
  • Global climate change statistical methodologies
  • Human-centred computing
  • Medical physics
  • Number theory
  • Photonics
  • Software engineering
  • Surface physics
  • Surface and nanoscience
  • Theoretical computer science and algorithms
    • Design of algorithms

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