Sensors and Sensing Systems

The theme covers the range from individual sensor research and development to the operation and functioning of entire sensing systems.

Examples of research areas include

  • fundamental and applied research into advanced sensor materials, devices and systems
  • atmospheric propagation of electromagnetic radiation
  • ocean glider sensing systems
  • sensor networks
  • chemical/biological sensors for applications in:
    • defence
    • security
    • precision agriculture
    • forensic science
    • remote sensing
    • food and water security
    • and biomedical diagnostics

Research groups and areas

Australian National Ocean Glider Facility (ANFOG)
Gliders can be deployed for varying periods to acquire physical, chemical and biological properties from cross shelf and across ocean transects. A typical ocean application would establish glider tracks to monitor boundary currents such as the East Australian (Ocean and eastern Australia), Flinders (southern Australia) and the Leeuwin Current (western Australia).
Computer vision
UWA has one of the largest vision research groups in Australia. The group is active in:
  • 3-D modelling from structured light
  • stereo, motion and texture
  • 3-D object recognition
  • medical and columetric image processing
  • texture analysis for defect identification
  • camera calibration
  • algorithm design for specific vision problems
  • forensic image processing
Intelligent Systems
Intelligent Systems
This research area covers the philosophy, theory and application of Intelligent Signal Processing, including:
  • linear, nonlinear, and hyperspace signal processing, filtering and regression
  • statistical learning theory and support vector machines
  • artificial neural networks and adaptive filters
  • pattern recognition and classification
  • adaptive space-time-frequency signal processing via sub-space adaptive filters
  • linear time-frequency filtering and analysis and time delay spectrometry
  • audio and hi-fi systems and innovations
Research groups in this area undertake fundamental and applied research into advanced microelectronic, optoelectronic and photonic materials, devices and systems. Particular areas of research include:
  • MCT infrared sensor technology
  • ultra low temperature MEMS technologies
  • gallium nitride technology for electronics and ultraviolet detectors
  • atmospheric propagation of IR and UV for image correction
  • atmospheric studies and electo-optic system design
Mobile, ad hoc and sensor networks
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This group is expert in the areas of:
  • network simulation
  • wireless sensor networks
  • formal analysis of power aware wireless network protocols
Signals and systems engineering
This group researches methods to control quantity - such as temperature, altitude and speed - over time. Current research topics of the group include:
  • model/controller reduction
  • filter design techniques
  • robust control
  • singular systems
Software Engineering
Software engineering research at UWA has three strands:
  • empirical software engineering – analysis of software process and project estimation
  • measurement and modelling of computer usage – including longitudinal studies
  • automated reasoning and formal models – for analysis and verification of concurrent and distributed systems