Engineering & Technology
From robotics to medical technology. From skyscrapers to startups. Stories from our pioneering Engineering and IT researchers.
Robots with a human touch
Prosthetic arms that ‘talk to the brain’ may offer greater dexterity and sense of touch to people who have lost their limbs.
Food that does not waste water
Automated watering systems and in-ground sensors are helping farmers produce more crops by using less water, sometimes by half.
Turning any water into drinking water
A portable treatment plant the size of a shipping container could offer hope to communities without access to clean water.
Crime and privacy in open data
Testing the strength of methods used for protecting privacy in open data is critical, and criminalising it will only endanger privacy.
Making Big Data deliver
Australia’s AURIN platform is a unique computing resource tmaking sense of the masses of data researchers are increasingly dealing with to solve problems.
Cleaner safe air needs you!
Citizen scientists wearing air monitors are key to a big data project aimed at identifying where the bad air is in our cities and driving policy change.
Survivor: The sport of betrayal
The reality TV show Survivor is a global phenomenon where betrayal and social skills are central to what is more a sport than a game show.
Understanding the maths is crucial for protecting privacy
Researchers have decrypted the service provider ID numbers in a 10% sample of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, raising serious implications around privacy.
Lasering the lay of the lines
A novel computer program that processes billions of points of light means we can use laser records to accurately map infrastructure over wide areas.
Putting cells through their paces
Scientists are putting human cells through micro-obstacle courses designed to replicate the mechanics inside our bodies and better test drug effectiveness.