Melbourne eResearch Group


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We support projects requiring advanced, research-oriented IT, with a particular focus on research communities dealing with big data and privacy.

Established in 2010 by Professor Richard Sinnott, the Melbourne eResearch Group (MeG) works on projects demanding advanced, research-oriented Information technology (IT). We have a particular focus on supporting researchers who are exploring the many challenges related to big data and privacy.

We work across the software engineering continuum, with projects ranging from mobile apps and web applications, to Cloud-based big data processing systems and finer-grained security solutions in which intellectual property or data sensitivity is an essential factor.

This includes dealing with patient data in a multitude of disease registries covering diabetes (national type-1 diabetes registry for Australia), major diabetes clinical trials and studies, cancer including international cancer registries and a portfolio of clinical trials (Phase 1 to Phase 4 studies), epilepsy, spinal cord injury and a range of rare diseases.

We also develop, support and maintain platforms that provide access to data from over 200 local, State and Federal Government organisations through projects like the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN).

We work on projects across many fields, including:

  • Biomedical
  • Bioinformatics
  • Social sciences
  • Geospatial sciences
  • Humanities.

We have successfully delivered several hundred projects that are used by tens of thousands of researchers on a daily basis. These include: the European Network for the Study of Adrenal Tumours; the Australasian Diabetes Data Network; the Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity and the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network.


Our expertise covers:

  • Security
  • Cloud computing
  • High performance computing
  • Big Data
  • Data management solutions
  • Rich web solutions
  • Service-oriented architectures
  • Machine/deep learning
  • Geospatial analytics
  • Mobile applications
  • Continuous development and delivery systems.

User information

We work across the research spectrum, partnering with organisations as diverse as the Oxford English Dictionary, Intel, Harvard University, US Intelligence, US Defence and all Australian defence forces.

We’re engaged in a wide array of applied software engineering activities and support researchers based at the University of Melbourne – across the Parkville Precinct – but also researchers from Victoria, Australia and overseas.

Key to our success is the adoption of rapid prototyping processes and solutions that lead to highly robust systems that meet the needs of the customers we serve.

Contact us

Professor Richard Sinnott
Phone: +61-(0)435-964-844
Level 5, Melbourne Connect, 700 Swanston Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3010, Australia

To find out more, you can visit the Melbourne eResearch Group site.

First published on 27 March 2023.

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