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From robotics to medical technology. From skyscrapers to startups. Stories from our pioneering Engineering and IT researchers.

  1. 17 February 2020 – Artificial Intelligence, Consumer Protection, Data, Law, Surveillance

    AI: It’s time for the law to respond

    The law may always be behind technology, but a University of Melbourne expert argues that the sweeping influence of artificial intelligence needs more response.

  2. 14 February 2020 – Alcohol, Artificial Intelligence, Beer, Brewing, Robotics

    A robot nose for a true brew

    The aroma of beer is a key indicator of its quality, now new University of Melbourne technology can ‘sniff’ a beer to help brewers create top notch tasty brews.

  3. 12 February 2020 – Dairy, Energy, Engineering, Food Sciences, Industry

    Making milk powder less energy intensive

    A pilot study including the University of Melbourne uses a cheese making by-product to concentrate milk, reducing the energy required in dairy powder production

  4. 4 February 2020 – Coronavirus, Infectious diseases, Modelling, Pandemic, Viruses

    What maths can tell us about the spread of the new coronavirus

    University of Melbourne experts explain how mathematical modelling is helping to map the coronavirus outbreak – helping to predict the virus' global spread.

  5. 13 December 2019 – Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Sexism, Technology, Women

    It’s time to retire Lena from computer science

    Why did computer research adopt a sexist pornographic image? A University of Melbourne expert backgrounds the story of 'Losing Lena' and the need for change.

  6. 4 December 2019 – Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Automated Decision-Making, Centrelink, Robodebt

    What is the law when AI makes the ‘decisions’?

    A University of Melbourne expert says the Australian Federal Court ruling that the ‘Robodebt’ system is unlawful shines a light on what the law actually says.

  7. 6 November 2019 – Driverless cars, Infrastructure, Made Possible By Melbourne, Traffic, Urban Planning

    Engineering a smart city

    The technology to transform our burgeoning city transport systems into intelligent networks for everyone is already here, University of Melbourne research shows

  8. Podcast30 October 2019 – Art, Earth Sciences, Earthquake, Geology, Melbourne

    The artistry of geology

    Engineering geologist Michael Webster combined his passion for geology and art, turning geotechnical assessments of Southbank’s Testing Grounds into a 3D model.

  9. 27 August 2019 – Cyberattack, Cybersecurity, Electronic Voting, Internet Security, iVote

    Where’s the proof internet voting is secure?

    Victoria’s Electoral Matters Committee is looking into internet voting as a real option. But a University of Melbourne expert says there's no proof it's secure.