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

  1. 4 May 2022 – Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Policy

    Mapping climate policy

    Climate policy across Australia is fragmented, but researchers at University of Melbourne are aiming to use big data to collect and make better sense of plans

  2. 21 February 2022 – Art, Artificial Intelligence, Film, Robots, Technology

    Technodystopia: Are we heading towards a real-world Blade Runner?

    Blade Runner depicted a technodystopian future. Almost 40 years on, University of Melbourne experts say some of these projections can now seem eerily accurate.

  3. 22 January 2022 – Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Diagnostic Testing, Medical Screening, Overdiagnosis

    How data can help prevent overdiagnosis

    Tech advances in medical screening may lead to more overdiagnosis but a new focus on patient data could reduce the risks say University of Melbourne researchers

  4. 24 November 2021 – Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Ethics, Discrimination, Ethics

    Challenging decisions made by algorithm

    If an algorithm makes an unfair decision about you, a lack of process makes it hard to challenge, appeal or even contest it, say University of Melbourne experts

  5. 3 November 2021 – Computing, Cybersecurity, Eureka Prize, Mathematical proof, Mathematics

    Using maths to prove computer security

    Eureka prize winner Toby Murray from the University of Melbourne once thought maths was boring, but he now relies on it to secure critical computer systems.

  6. 28 October 2021 – Digital Ethics, Education, Privacy, Surveillance, Workplace

    Surveillance: What is it good for?

    Online monitoring raises serious issues but applying ethics and rights can help make it fair and accountable, say University of Melbourne experts.

  7. 27 October 2021 – Agriculture, Airborne Sensing, Horticulture, Precision Agriculture, Xylella fastidiosa

    Tackling a global crop pandemic - from the air

    The spread of Xf bacteria is a huge threat to global agriculture, but University of Melbourne research is enhancing airborne detection methods to control it.

  8. 29 September 2021 – Brownmillerite, Chlorine, Global Warming, Water, Water Treatment

    Purifying water with a simple powder

    Drinking water can be made safe by adding a bacteria-killing mineral – brownmillerite – a cheaper alternative to chlorine, says University of Melbourne expert.

  9. 24 September 2021 – Building Codes, Building and Planning, Earthquake, Engineering, Housing

    What Victoria’s earthquake tells us about the safety of our structures

    Australia has earthquake safety regulations, but University of Melbourne experts say the earthquake reminds us about the safety of our buildings and structures.