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

  1. 19 August 2019 – Banking, Consumer Protection, Data, Privacy, Social Media

    Why that Instagram post may cost you more than you think

    We need greater transparency around how our social media data will be used by banks, and how to challenge their decisions say University of Melbourne experts.

  2. 15 August 2019 – Cybersecurity, Data, Encryption , Melbourne, Privacy

    Two data points enough to spot you in open transport records

    University of Melbourne researchers have re-identified themselves and others in supposedly anonymous Myki datasets - highlighting a risk to privacy and safety.

  3. 6 August 2019 – Digital, Mental Health, Mobile Apps, Mobile Phones, Psychology

    Could your smartphone become your therapist?

    Digital mental healthcare can potentially help people, but University of Melbourne research finds the relationship between patient and therapist remains key.

  4. 3 July 2019 – Amino Acid, Environment, Plastics, Pollution, Sustainability

    Mimicking nature’s own plastic

    Amino acid polypeptides are nature's own plastic and University of Melbourne researchers are aiming to chemically mimic nature to make fully compostable plastic

  5. 1 July 2019 – Cities, Climate Change, Extreme weather, Infrastructure, Water Management

    A land of drought and flooding rains

    University of Melbourne research finds understanding the link between increasing rainfall and dry soil conditions can help us better plan for climate change.

  6. 23 June 2019 – Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Computers, Human-Computer Interaction, Robots

    Will a computer take your job?

    Although many predict that computers could become smarter than us, a University of Melbourne experts says we shouldn't forget people power in the age of AI.

  7. 28 May 2019 – Bio-engineering, Brain, Epilepsy, Neuro-engineering, Parkinson's disease

    Reading the body’s electrical signals to treat illness

    Embedded devices can treat some chronic illnesses, but a University of Melbourne engineer is now seeking to 'read' our electrical signals to predict symptoms.

  8. 9 May 2019 – Cars, Environment, Fuel efficiency, Greenhouse Gases, Transport

    The opportunities and risks of decarbonising our transport

    Australia is slow in cutting vehicle emissions; a University of Melbourne expert says treating fuel and electricity as a single pool of energy is a good start.

  9. 26 April 2019 – Oceans, Satellites, Southern Ocean, Waves

    Ocean waves and winds are getting higher and stronger

    Using satellite measurements, University of Melbourne researchers show that ocean waves and the winds that generate them have increased over the last 30 years.