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Research groups


Drilling Mechanics Group

The research interests of the Drilling Mechanics Group (DMG) centre around the interactions taking place while drilling: interactions often coupled between the drill bit, the rock, the drilling fluid and the driving mechanisms (drill rig, downhole motors).

Communication Technology and Signal Processing Group

The Communication Technology and Signal Processing Group initiates and pursues research in the fields of communications and signal processing.

Embedded Systems Research Group

The Embedded Systems Research Group focuses on accessibility issues and the way in which technology provides assistance.

Fluid Dynamics Research Group

The Fluid Dynamics Research Group serves to advance and disseminate understanding of the fundamental fluid dynamics that underpins novel applications-driven research.

Multiphase Flow through Porous Media Research Group

The Multiphase Flow through Porous Media Research Group studies multiphase flow through sandstones, carbonates, tight gas sands and shale.

Pavement Research Group

The Pavement Research Group looks at Hydrated Cement Treated Crushed Rock Base (HCTCRB), cement modified crushed rock base and unbound granular/ aggregate course and stabilisation.

Petroleum Geomechanics Group

Projects cover a wide range of topics from fundamental research to industry-related problems in both drilling and reservoir geomechanics. The Petroleum Geomechanics Group has strong capabilities in fracture characterisation and modelling.

Renewable Energy and Power Systems Research Group

The Renewable Energy and Power Systems Research Group concentrates on power electronics applied to renewable energy.

Sustainable Engineering Group

The Sustainable Engineering Group promotes the uptake of sustainable engineering research and practices in Western Australia

Unconventional Gas Research Group

The Unconventional Gas Research Group investigates the potential unconventional resources in Western Australia. Currently the major concentration of UGRG group members is on the evaluation of potential gas shale layers located in Perth Basin and Canning Basin.

Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group

The Water and Environmental Engineering Groups research focuses on water/ wastewater quality science, recycling membrane tech, storm/ground water management/modelling and sustainable water systems.

Wireless Instrumentation and Networks Research Group

The Wireless Instrumentation and Networks Research Group focuses on exploring the future of wireless communication technologies. Wireless solutions are explored and researched that are capable of robust and reliable communication.


Carbon Group

The Carbon Group is a multidisciplinary group of computational and experimentalist material scientists with different backgrounds and expertise. What links us all together is our favourite element, carbon.

Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group (RSSRG)

The Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group (RSSRG) undertakes quantitative research in the field of Earth observations from space.

Theoretical Physics Group

The Institute’s research interests are in the area of electrons, positrons, or photons scattering from atoms and ions, as well as laser and atom-surface interactions. Applications include lasers, astrophysics, plasma processing, plasma displays, fusion research, and the lighting industry.

Western Australian Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Group

The Western Australian Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Group’s internationally recognised research within the group focuses around Petroleum, Paleoenvironment, Provenancing and Pollution.


Centre for High Definition Geophysics (CHDG)

The Centre for High Definition Geophysics (CHDG) investigates how seismic technologies can detect mineral resources such as gold, base metals and coal and also locate underground water reserves.

Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium

The Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium (CRGC) is a partnership between industry and academia. CRGC is undertaking research into acquisition, processing and quantitative interpretation of geophysical data with an emphasis on Australian petroleum exploration and production problems.

Curtin Gold Technology Group

The Curtin Gold Technology Group provides research, consulting and training expertise to the gold industry.

Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS)

The Geographic Information System manages spatial (location) data. Remote Sensing (RS) relates to the collection of electromagnetic radation (EMR) data using instrumentation that is at a distance from the area or phenomena being investigated.

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

The Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) group’s research programme aims at developing theory, models and methods that will enable future GNSSs to fulfil the high accuracy and high-integrity requirements of tomorrow’s geospatial information needs in the Earth, atmospheric and space sciences.

WASM Mining Rock Mechanics Group

The WASM Mining Rock Mechanics Group at the Western Australian School of Mines undertakes applied research and testing on behalf and in conjunction with the Australian mining industry.

Western Australian Geodesy Group

The Western Australian Geodesy Group conducts a diverse range of both pure and applied geodetic research of national and international significance.