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IRT facilitates advanced technologies and innovations in robotics, drones, computer vision, and autonomous systems.
Monash's robotics and vision work is known the world over, especially for combining sophisticated computer algorithms with multiple types of sensor on novel hardware platforms, to create robots that are able to understand their environment in a way that they can make intelligent decisions when given new tasks to perform.
IRT possesses robots equipped with 360-degree vision, laser rangers, 360-degree sonar and odour sensors. These robots can navigate through disaster sites, burrow underground, rescue divers, fly through the air, swarm like ants, generate maps, interpret changes and build up knowledge of the environment.
Intelligent robotics involves use of artificial intelligence with which to perceive the environment.
IRT has extensive experience in data monitoring and analysis, which is critical to all aspects of understanding physical processes including validation of models, and constrain future predictions. At Monash University, monitoring technologies are being developed and tested, including in-situ, proximal and remote sensing platforms.
Application areas range from monitoring structural health, to temporal evolution of the natural environment using ground, air and satellite platforms.
Monash provides mathematical and practical foundations of learning models from data. Monash University has Australia’s strongest academic data science team.
IRT conducts innovative, creative research that provides solutions and ideas to industry developed by Monash University’s designers, architects and theorists who work together in Monash’s Arts, Design and Architecture Department (MADA) to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia and the world.
The Mobility Design Lab (MDL) is positioned at the forefront of research addressing mobility issues in the world. It is one of the few research organisations to focus entirely upon how design interventions improve a wide variety of physical, environmental and experiential aspects of mobility. The Mobility Design Lab, has engaged in design research as varied as ameliorating anti-social behaviour, investigating the reconfiguration of carriage interiors to promote better passenger dispersal, improving disabled accessibility and re-conceptualising mass customisation manufacturing processes, amongst many.
The Lab’s industrial designers, architects and communication designers work at the intersection of the passenger and transport infrastructure in its various forms, engaging with industry applying a rigorous and scholarly approach to the challenges of contemporary mobility.
IRT possesses broader capabilities through Monash’s Public Transport Research Group research on public transport systems across multi-disciplinary and varied areas which loosely focus on research associated with public transport and strategic planning, travel demand management, travel behaviour, transit safety, transport economics, land use and transit, travel modelling, operations modelling and planning for major special events.
The Public Transport Research Group also work closely with Monash’s Arts, Design and Architecture Department (MADA) and their Mobility Design Lab (MDL) where The Lab’s industrial designers, architects and communication designers work at the intersection of the passenger and transport infrastructure in its various forms.
IRT ‘s broader capabilities include an understanding of the interface between psychology, human behaviour and the transport system. This field of research examines the social and psychological impact of the transport system on individuals and society.
It also recognises that human behaviour, preferences and attitudes can have a critical impact on the use of our transport system.
IRT has experience in data management for transportation collected in real time from various types of sensors, e.g. fixed loop detectors, video sensors and automatic vehicle location (AVL) mobile sensors, which are in abundance in taxi and transit fleets.
Recently, the emergence and steady increase of public deployment of user-based data collection systems, e.g. GPS-equipped vehicles and vehicle re-identification using cell phones or wireless magnetic sensors, provide a great potential for probe vehicles in ITS applications.
The focus is on automated traffic state estimation and prediction, and decision support systems based on probe vehicle data. Moreover, utilizing the abundant traveller data (crowdsourcing) could shed light to humans’ mobility dynamics in metropolitan areas.
Monash provides solutions to industry to help protect security in cyberspace and prepare them for the challenges ahead.
Understanding how to deal with cyber security and ‘control the code’ is going to be a steep learning curve for all of us. In order to conquer the complex challenges close cooperation will be required between the corporate sector, governments and universities.
Monash’s Cyber Security research team is focused on developing providing new security technology. Core competencies are cryptography, security engineering, security of critical infrastructures. Examples include work on advanced cryptographic algorithms and their applications, such as computing on encrypted data, blockchain-based application or post-quantum cryptography, hardware-based security, Trusted Computing, biometrics, or security of digital evidence.
Led by Monash, the newly established Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) brings together eight Victorian universities, major private sector partners and a partnership with Oxford University’s world leading Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. The OCSC provides a strong hub for cyber security research supported by the Victorian Government.
Focus areas for Cyber Security at Monash include:
Monash continues to conduct leading edge research to provide solutions to industry on noise and vibration reduction through research being conducted at Monash’s Wind Tunnel facility, which is the leading low speed automotive aerodynamic test facility in Australia.
It supports aerodynamic and wind noise research and development of full-scale production vehicles for Australian and international markets. The facility also provides research and development capabilities for industries such as ground transportation aerodynamics (including trains and trucks), wind energy siting and turbine aerodynamics, aerospace (particularly unmanned air vehicles and microflight technologies), sports aerodynamics and fundamental aerodynamic research.
IRT drives key research in materials and material performance, which has a range of applications to varied industry needs.
Monash University is developing novel materials for construction including high performance concrete and steels, nano-materials for reinforcement and for corrosion control. Monash has exceptional facilities for materials characterisation and structural testing, including a wind tunnel, and leading expertise in analysis of fractures and fatigue.
Monash is also researching emerging technologies for building and managing structures such as 3D printing of concrete, modular construction, sensor networks for infrastructure monitoring, and robots and remotely piloted aircraft systems for asset inspection.
Monash delivers power systems analysis, variable speed drives, condition monitoring, high voltage engineering, quality of electrical supply, asset and demand management and electric traction.
Monash conducts research to assist industry to achieve greater efficiencies in fuel and engine performance. Monash’s Diesel Engine Facility (MDEF) is an LTRAC research facility located at the Clayton campus in Victoria, Australia and houses a fully instrumented diesel engine test cell. This facility has been designed to enable detailed investigations of engine, alternative fuels and emissions, ranging from cutting-edge experimental and numerical research to industry-focused collaborations.
Using advanced measurement techniques such as high-speed cameras and lasers that the Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion (LTRAC) Laboratory specialises in, novel in-cylinder sensors and the latest industrial solutions for gas analysis, we research a wide spectrum of engine-related phenomena, from diesel sprays and combustion measurement to fault diagnostics and emissions.