IT and Computer Science

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Join a community of researchers who are dedicated to creating a better world through technology.

As a graduate researcher, you will study in a multidisciplinary research environment, where important discoveries are being made. And where research outcomes have real-world impact.

You will work alongside and be supervised by researchers who are world leaders in information technology (IT) and computer science.

You will contribute technological solutions to some of the key challenges of the 21st century. In doing so, you will have the potential to improve the lives of many people.

Learn how we’re making a difference

We have worked with music therapists to create a virtual reality system to deliver music therapy to people with quadriplegia. The project won several innovation awards including reaching the finals of the iAwards.

We developed a tool that helps doctors offer more tailored advice to patients with diabetes. The app uses evidence-based algorithms and data from medical records to assist GPs and their patients with treatment decisions.

We’re working with health researchers to develop an AI solution to predict and prevent clinical relapse in bipolar disorder.

This is just a snapshot of research in IT and computer science. We’re continuing to push the boundaries of technological inquiry, on a global scale. And to tackle great challenges in a collaborative environment.

Explore our research themes

We aim to create a better world by devising solutions to significant societal problems. Research focuses on several key themes within the following core disciplines.

Biomedical engineering

Research covers medical technologies, health informatics and healthcare delivery. We create innovative medical solutions that benefit society and the economy. Research themes include:

For information on current projects, visit research projects.

Chemical engineering

As chemical engineering researchers, we use our knowledge of chemistry, biology, computation and engineering to solve problems. Research covers the following themes:

For information on current projects, visit research projects.

Computing and information systems

Research groups include:

Research centres and themes include:

For information on current projects, visit research projects.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Through electrical and electronic engineering research, we solve significant challenges across many areas within society.

Research takes place across the following specialised research areas:

For information on current projects, visit research projects.

Mechanical engineering

In mechanical engineering research, we create machines to solve complex problems and work across the following themes:

For information on current projects, visit research projects.

Work with experts from other disciplines

Hallmark Research Initiatives

These initiatives support priority areas of research. In some cases, they run for three years. In other cases, they become a permanent Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institute.

Right now, IT and computer science researchers are working within Creativity and Wellbeing. This initiative investigates the impact of creativity on wellbeing across the lifespan.

Previous Hallmark Research Initiatives involving IT and computer science include:

Computational Biology established to strengthen collaborations between the faculties of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Materials an initiative created to support and develop interdisciplinary research in scaleable nano to meso-materials across three research themes: Materials into Medicine, Materials for Energy, and Controlled Assembly of Materials.

Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

The Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes strengthen and spark interdisciplinary research at the University. They involve industry, government and communities in areas of importance to society.

Previous IT and computer science related institutes include:

The Networked Society created to realise the opportunities of a society connected through digital, networking and automated technologies.

Materials created to enable researchers and industry to work with leading researchers at the University of Melbourne on innovative solutions in the materials science domain.

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute this institute contributed to the translation of neuroscience research into clinical outcomes for institutional, hospital and commercial partners.

Interdisciplinary PhD Programs

PhD Programs enrich your core PhD studies. They create the opportunity to extend your networks beyond your own faculty. You will attend seminars and workshops with researchers from other relevant disciplines.

As an IT and computer science PhD candidate, you could explore the Biomedical Engineering Innovation PhD Program.

Join a stimulating research community

Melbourne Connect

There will be a new and exciting innovation centre in the heart of Melbourne: Melbourne Connect. It will be situated within walking distance of our Parkville campus.

It will place researchers, industry groups and other great thinkers in one place. This will encourage collaborative innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Melbourne Connect will include a variety of workspaces and labs including the ‘Superfloor’  a place to connect, learn and share.

It will also house the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre and Science Gallery Melbourne. The gallery is a living laboratory that shows how art and science collide. As a researcher, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with artists and curators. Together, you could create an interactive exhibit to explain your research to the public.

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