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

  1. 15 August 2018 – Big Data, Landslides, Mathematics, Mining, Workplace Health and Safety

    Decoding data to predict landslides

    New software from the University of Melbourne can predict landslides two weeks before they happen, potentially predicting mine collapses and other disasters.

  2. 23 July 2018 – Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Engineering, Ethics, Human-Computer Interaction

    Holding a black mirror up to artificial intelligence

    University of Melbourne research has developed the Biometric Mirror –an interactive application that shows how you may be perceived by others. But it’s flawed.

  3. 8 July 2018 – Bio-engineering, Injury, Musculoskeletal, Physiotherapy, Sports

    The enigma of the ACL

    More people than even are injuring their ACL; University of Melbourne PhD candidate Raneem Haddara is focussing on preventing the injury, rather than curing it.

  4. 6 June 2018 – Critical Thinking, Crowdsourcing, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Intelligence Agencies

    Crowdsourcing security intelligence

    Inspired by how bees make collective decisions, University of Melbourne researchers are exploring how crowdsourcing techniques may help intelligence analysis

  5. 22 May 2018 – Australia, Disasters, Infectious diseases, Spatial Modelling, Zombies

    The hard science behind surviving a zombie attack

    As Xbox releases its survival game, State of Decay 2, the developers called on a University of Melbourne disaster expert to model a zombie outbreak in Australia

  6. 25 April 2018 – Cybersecurity, Data, Information technology, Internet, Internet Security

    The key to unlocking your privacy

    More government services, like the New Zealand census, are moving online; University of Melbourne experts look at whether we should trust that our data is safe.

  7. 18 April 2018 – Environment, Groundwater, Mining, Water Management

    The limits of modelling: Knowing we don’t know

    Modelling the impact on groundwater of mine developments is critical but a University of Melbourne expert warns that we need to understand the limits of models

  8. 12 April 2018 – Cars, Driverless cars, Infrastructure, Traffic, Urban Planning

    New fixes for old traffic problems

    University of Melbourne research is bringing transport systems into the 21st century, connecting everything from vehicles and traffic lights, to pavements.

  9. 9 April 2018 – Bio-engineering, Exercise, Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation, Wearable Technology

    Clever socks connecting remote patients and physios

    A University of Melbourne PhD student's wearable tech smart socks, called SoPhy, provide physiotherapists real time, detailed data on patients, even remotely

  10. 28 March 2018 – Cambridge Analytica, Encryption , Facebook, Privacy

    Data privacy and power

    Amid the fallout over harvested Facebook data, University of Melbourne experts argue that we need more control over our data and less of it being collected.