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CSSE Research Groups and Facilities

Research Strength

The School is leading the Faculty of Information Technology in a number of Research Strengths subject to research performance monitoring at the University level.

Groups below are listed in alphabetical order.

Audiovisual Information Processing and Digital Communications Audiovisual Information Processing and Digital Communications
The AVIPAC Group researches the underlying principles and enabling technologies for representing, storing and processing audiovisual information and the effective telecommunication of audio, visual and computer data. Applications are in telecommunications, television, interactive computing, tele-medicine and the entertainment industry.
Computing Education Computing Education
The computing education group focusses on contemporary educational issues in computing and seeks to provide a vision for the pedagogical future of computing. The group studies and develops innovative technology in teaching and different approaches to teaching computing topics are investigated and evaluated with the aim of determining their effectiveness and efficiency in improving the processes of human learning. CERG is a member of CSERGI (Computer Science Education Research Groups International).
Electronic Media Art Centre for Electronic Media Art
The up-and-coming research group/centre for Electronic Media Art (CEMA) is interested in the creative meshing of art, science & technology. The group is engaged in research activities in areas that include computer graphics, rule-based modelling, sound synthesis, information design and electro-acoustic composition. Its research activities are often driven by artistic projects. CEMA is also involved in production and publishing of works and literature concerning new-media art, as well as teaching under/post-graduate courses in the area.
Distributed Systems and Software Engineering Distributed Systems and Software Engineering
The Monash University Centre for Distributed Systems and Software Engineering (DSSE) aims at advancing foundations, methods and practice of distributed systems and software engineering. The centre focusses on methods and tools for modeling, analysing, constructing and maintaining large distributed software systems. Areas of particular interest are component-based software engineering, software architecture for distributed systems, mobile systems, distributed databases, clusters and grid computing software tools and middleware.

The centre was nominated the first research strength of the Faculty in since 1998 and has been Monash's primary conduit for its engagement with the Cooperative Research Centre for Enterprise Distributed Systems Technology.
Optimisation and Constraint Solving
The O&&CS Group is devoted to solving difficult optimisation and constraint satisfaction problems such as scheduling, timetabling and graph and document layout using novel techniques. The group develops software tools and co-operates with business and government to solve difficult real-world constraint problems in a variety of practical application domains.
Reasoning Under Uncertainty Reasoning Under Uncertainty
The RUUG Group focuses on the development and use of techniques from Artificial Intelligence for quantitatively reasoning about situations in which uncertainty is a significant factor. The methods employed are varied, including Bayesian networks, fuzzy logic, neural networks, information theory, stochastic simulation and decision theory. There are diverse application areas including machine learning, data mining, bioinformatics, natural language processing, pattern recognition and image processing.
Suburban Ad Hoc Network Suburban Ad Hoc Network
The Suburban Ad Hoc Networking group focusses its research activities on techniques for implementing Suburban Ad Hoc Networks. These are self organising, quasi-static ad hoc (typically wireless) networks which provide an alternative technology for providing high speed digital connectivity to households, small businesses and distributed campuses. Specific areas of research interest include security, low level routing protocols, access controls and propagation behaviour.
User Modeling and Natural Language User Modeling and Natural Language
The UM&NL group considers issues in the inter-related areas of user Modeling and Natural Language, focusing on the application of Machine Learning and Statistical techniques. Problems addressed by the group pertain to web-access technologies, user profiling, plan recognition, discourse and dialogue, and complex interactions with users.

Research Areas

In addition there are School research groups and interests in the following areas:

Research Facilities

Research Labs

Available is a list of registered research labs, listed for each research group.

Parallel Clusters

The School operates a number of clusters most notably the large Parametric Modelling Engine.
Contact: Prof David Abramson

Mobile and Wireless Computing Laboratory

This DSSE facility includes wireless local area networks equipment and gear and a mobility library, a number of servers and workstations for experimenting with mobility related research issues. The facility is funded by various grants including ARC, ITERB and Monash. The facility is supported by Telstra Wireless Data network with a donation of wireless modems and free air time.
Contact: A/Prof Arkady Zaslavsky

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