Our leading edge in defence technology
Research that enhances the safety of all Australian personnel and enables national defence systems to meet an increasingly complex security landscape.
The University of Melbourne is engaged in developing advanced defence technologies, including crossing and redefining the frontiers of human–machine interfaces, sensor technologies, advanced materials, medical countermeasures, enhanced human performance and autonomous systems.
Our commitment is to research that enhances the safety of all Australian personnel and enables national defence systems to meet an increasingly complex security landscape.
Our teams have the insight and experience to analyse technological challenges, conceptualise solutions and rigorously evaluate outcomes through simulation and prototype testing in advanced testing facilities.
Crucially, we work with our partners to deliver defence and industry-ready solutions to the most demanding technical requirements.
Discover why our capabilities are at the leading edge.
- Len Sciacca
Enterprise Professor, Defence Technologies
- Emily Ebbott, Program Manager & Partnerships, Melbourne Defence Enterprise
- Nick FitzGerald, Enterprise Fellow, Defence Biotechnologies
Collaborate with us
We are client-focussed and collaborative – we work side-by-side with your leaders, engineers and scientists to develop solutions to your challenges.
From complex multi-partner research to student projects and internships, talk to us about your needs for:
- Emerging technologies
- Developing technology strategies
- Technical training
- Engineering customised solutions
- Teaming up with our students
- Creating a talent pipeline through student engagement
- Leveraging our state-of-the-art research facilities
What challenges do you have? Let us help you solve them.
- Training with maximum impact
Our leading-edge biomechanical engineers are partnering with industry to enhance training outcomes for Australia’s armed forces.News
- Search for solutions to stop the spread of fake news
What if the people who have been sharing fake news could help solve the problem of its continuing spread? That is the proposition that underpins new research led by anthropologist Dr Fabio Mattioli.News
- Disinformation and the challenge to democracy
Dr Darrin Durant explains why disinformation threatens democracy, but misinformation is unavoidable.News
- Innovation relies on collaboration networks
View this article on the Australian Financial Review website (subscribers only).News
- Researchers awarded $3.95m grant to build and launch innovative satellite
Science and engineering researchers at the University of Melbourne have been awarded a $3.95 million Australian Government grant to help develop cutting edge space capabilities in Australia.News
- Research of scale: Melbourne Defence Enterprise building future capability
The University of Melbourne’s defence research portfolio is now valued at more than $70 million and includes expertise from academic divisions spanning engineering and IT, medicine, science and arts.News
- The University of Melbourne Defence Enterprise was showcased at the PACIFIC 2019 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney
The team hosted an exhibition stand with our expertise and partnerships on display whilst our researchers gave pitches in multiple areas.News
- Crowd power makes sense of the unfathomable
When it comes to solving global crimes, some of today’s most successful detectives are increasingly ordinary citizens, working in concert to uncloak clues buried deep within the internet.News
- DST research collaboration to enhance the design of acoustic materials
Defence has signed a three-year collaboration agreement with universities and industry to develop new acoustic materials for underwater vehicles.News
- Case study: EpiFx and EpiDefend
Gaining control over pandemics with predictive modelling.News
- Making waves on the quiet: how submarines can avoid detection
Research to study the dynamics of a submarine’s telltale wake and the project has made an important breakthrough.News
- Using virtual reality to treat real-world injuries
Biomechanical technology that uses virtual reality can not only help treat injuries, but also prevent them.News
- Could robots protect us in the surf?
Multi-vehicle robotics will help solve some of the problems faced by humans doing dirty and dangerous jobs.News