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

  1. 13 February 2018 – Biosecurity, Epidemics, Flu, Influenza Virus, Statistics

    Forecasting flu outbreaks

    New software, developed by University of Melbourne experts, uses statistical probability to forecast our flu season, but may also help respond to bio-terrorism.

  2. 5 February 2018 – Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, Sustainability, Water, Water Management

    How to prevent cities from drying up

    The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa is a warning to the world, but University of Melbourne experts explain how it doesn't have to be this way.

  3. 28 January 2018 – Australia, Carbon, Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar Power

    Think twice before going ‘off the grid’

    Microgrids provide a revolutionary approach to creating sustainable, low carbon communities, towns and cities, according to a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 9 January 2018 – Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing, Prefabrication, Sustainability

    The future is prefabricated

    Prefabrication can be a more environmentally and socially responsible way to build, and it's going mainstream, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  5. 27 December 2017 – Bionics, Future, Robotics, Science Fiction, Stentrode

    Sounds like science fiction

    Some of the technological innovations of 2017 sound like sci-fi, and several University of Melbourne experts have played a key role in those advances.

  6. 21 December 2017 – Antarctic, Climate, Engineering, Ice, Waves

    What pancake ice tells us about the climate

    At the University of Melbourne, the first fresh-water wave tank of its kind in the world studies how pancake ice forms, telling us more about our climate.

  7. 18 December 2017 – Big Data, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, Information technology, Internet

    The simple process of re-identifying patients in public health records

    In 2016, doctors’ identities were decrypted in Australian medical records. Now, a University of Melbourne team finds patients’ records can also be re-identified

  8. 13 December 2017 – Big Data, Cybersecurity, Information, Information technology, Internet

    How small details can create a big problem

    A University of Melbourne cyber-security analysis of a British government agency found system flaws, stressing the need for adequate information protection.

  9. 13 December 2017 – Information technology, Internet, Media, Social Media, Twitter

    How to find the truth on Twitter

    A University of Melbourne team has developed a way of assessing how likely it is that a tweet is a genuine witness account, or a piece of 'fake news'.

  10. 4 December 2017 – Artificial Intelligence, Depression, Mental Health, Mobile Phones, Technology

    4 ways tech can help your mental health

    The headlines say digital technology is bad for our mental health, but University of Melbourne research finds new tech could provide future tools for treatment.