Research and Development Strengths

South Australian researchers have a strong culture of cross-university, industry and Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group collaborations in Australia and internationally. 

DST Group’s longstanding and significant presence in South Australia has fostered the development in our institutions of specialist defence research concentrations, particularly in the following fields:

Advanced materials

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR):

  • Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre – has expertise in big data research, development, education and training for national security and other data-intensive sectors. It is currently developing big data reference architectures for defence; geospatial intelligence production and analysis; systems for distributed access and analysis of defence ISR data; and open-source intelligence.

  • University of Adelaide Australian Centre for Visual Technologies –focuses on the application of advanced technologies to computer vision, machine learning, graphics and visualisation.

  • University of Adelaide Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing – develops novel photonic, sensing and measurement technologies targeting applications in defence and national security, as well as environmental monitoring, preventative health, food and wine, and mining. IPAS maintains a strong partnership with the DST Group.

  • University of Adelaide Radar Research Centre – focuses on the use of radar for surveillance and environmental monitoring. The centre brings together university research groups, commercial companies and external organisations such as the DST Group, Bureau of Meteorology and Australian Antarctic Division.

Autonomous systems:

Networking and communications

Health, medical and human factors

For further information please direct all enquiries to Sumen Rai, Manager, Defence Science and Technology at Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8463 7102 or

Image: Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing