Communications and networks

Communications and networking has evolved at a fantastic pace since the advent of the electrical telegraph in the 1830s and has had a tremendous impact on the world in which we live. Morse, Bell, Maxwell, Hertz, Marconi, Wiener and Shannon are just some of the many physicists, mathematicians, engineers and inventors who have shaped this evolution and who continue to influence our research to this day.

Our research group analyses, designs and optimises communications systems and networks for a variety of emerging applications. For example, we might seek to increase data rates in cellular mobile networks, reduce latency for the Internet-of-Things, and minimise the cost of constructing underground mining networks. We use tools and approaches from communication theory, coding, information theory, detection and estimation, systems theory, stochastic processes, game theory, signal processing, network optimisation and much more.

Our researchers have strong links to both the Control and signal processing and Electronic and photonic systems research groups within the Department and also to the School of Computing and Information Systems and the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne.

We work collaboratively with a number of industry partners and end-users to solve real problems.