Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence

The Australian Research Council (ARC) (opens an external site) has established Centres of Excellence (opens an external site) to create the scale and focus necessary to maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in the designated priority areas:

  • nano-materials and bio-materials,
  • genome/phenome research,
  • complex/intelligent systems, and
  • photon science and technology.

Through highly innovative research that addresses challenging and significant problems within the priority areas, these centres will build national research capability and produce outcomes of economic, social and cultural benefit to Australia.

UTS is a participant in the following ARC Centres of Excellence:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Population Ageing Research
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) (opens an external site)
    • The vision of CUDOS is to develop the experimental and theoretical expertise to design and build linear and nonlinear all-optical signal processing devices and to miniaturise these, leading to the 'photonic chip', believed to be the building block for the next generation of optical systems.
      CUDOS's research focuses on a range of novel optics, including photonic crystals, microphotonic structures, microstructured optical fibres and nonlinear photonic materials, and relies on advanced fabrication techniques, new material systems and possibly entirely new principles.
  • National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

UTS was a participant in the following ARC Centres of Excellence:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS) (opens an external site)
    • CAS explored the nature of intelligence in problems of perception learning and control and laid the scientific foundation for the development and application of intelligent autonomous systems.
      Autonomous systems represent the next step in the fusion of machines, computing, sensing and software to create intelligent systems capable of interacting with the complexities of the real world. Autonomous systems have a broad and diverse range of applications of national importance: from field applications such as automated mining, cargo handling, construction, forestry and transport, to potentially dangerous applications including robotic bushfire fighting, search-and-rescue, and broad areas of air, land and maritime defence, to social applications in robotic health care, automotive and entertainment.
      CAS focused on key research challenges in this field, showcased the integrated operation of complex intelligent autonomous systems with capabilities substantially beyond any existing systems, and played a key role in establishing a new autonomous systems industry in Australia.