RMIT's expertise has led to projects with government agencies and international companies.
Advanced Electronics and Sensors
RMIT's Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors develops new sensors, electronics and functional materials using metal compounds, two dimensional structures and bioactive materials.
In one project, RMIT is partnered with MIT and UCLA to develop two dimensional semi-conducting structures. These devices have many applications, including electronic elements and sensors. RMIT's role in the project is to focus on metal oxides and metal dichalcogenides. This work is partly funded by the Australian Research Council’s Discovery program.
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Flexible electronics and devices
The Functional Materials and Microsystems group at RMIT conducts research in the increasingly prevalent area of flexible devices and wearable electronics. It incorporates expertise in materials science and microfabrication to realise flexible electronic devices, especially those incorporating functional oxide layers.
Signal processing and sensor control
Until the advent of automation, situation awareness was considering a product of training and experience. Recent advances in sensors and networking means operators are now confronted with large volumes of data that may change rapidly. RMIT's work in this field is designed to deliver robust, automated inferential support tools to the human decision-maker.
Target tracking is a fundamental tool for any single or multi-sensor surveillance system. Target tracking algorithms must be capable of detecting, locating and often identifying these objects of interest. In the case of a multi-sensor system, tracking algorithms must also be capable of registering the data from each sensor system and fusing it to create a single, coherent picture. RMIT's work in this field is on designing target tracking algorithms that are both computationally efficient and accurate.
RMIT has established a simulation and test laboratory to enable researchers to focus on the development of communications, navigation, surveillance and avionics systems for both manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as decision-support tools and human-machine interfaces for air traffic controllers.
Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre for Aerospace Research
RMIT established the Wackett Aerospace Research Centre in 1991 with a vision to be a world leader in aerospace related science and technology research. Its key areas of research are:
- Aerospace materials and structures
- Avionics systems and through-life support
- Autonomous systems
- Design, certification and manufacturing processes
- Power, energy and propulsion systems.
Our expertise has also been applied to other disciplines including automotive, architecture, and maritime.
The Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials (CISM)
CISM has conducted many significant projects in the area of structural optimisation research.
The Centre's projects include:
- Simple but versatile techniques for finding structurally efficient designs.
- Topology optimisation techniques to determine the optimal material distribution of bracing systems for very large structures, which are particularly sensitive to lateral loading forces.
- Finding the optimum structural system in preliminary building designs that consider wind loads.
- Alternative materials for energy absorption.
Gas sensing capsules for better gut health
Researchers have developed high-tech gas sensing capsules that can send data from inside the gut direct to a mobile phone, opening new possibilities for diagnosis, treatment and health analysis.Read more Gas sensing capsules for better gut health
Sensors technology provides smart safety solution for mining workers
On-site safety in the mining industry is getting a smart technology boost, thanks to an innovative development from a team of RMIT and CSIRO researchers.Read article Sensors technology provides smart safety solution for mining workers