Institute for Future
Environments

IntelliSensing

Overview

Our research tackles the grand economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world this century. IntelliSensing is about transforming data collection, modelling, analytics and decision-making to address real-world challenges in the built, natural and virtual environment. This is an enabling platform that can solve a wide range of problems for industry and society by introducing new technologies, techniques and systems.

Real-world trends

Governments, businesses and individuals often suffer from data overload and yet lack the critical information they need to make sound decisions and address management problems.

Society is also on the cusp of a revolution in the way we sense and interact with the world. Technological advances in robotics, autonomous systems, sensor networks, and mobile and wearable devices are generating extraordinary volumes of data and giving us unprecedented power to extract key information that helps us understand and manage natural and built environments. This revolution will transform a wide range of industries and sectors as well as the policy-making processes of governments.

Grand challenges

The grand challenges the world must address in IntelliSensing are:

  • developing technologies and methods for collecting and analysing large amounts of data to increase situational awareness and gain new insights
  • harnessing key information to make our natural and built environments more resilient, secure and sustainable (socially, economically and environmentally)
  • designing sensing and data analysis infrastructure with economies of scale for solving management problems and making critical decisions
  • addressing society’s concerns about policy and law governing robotic and sensing technologies.

Our research strategy

Impact

Our research is designed to drive these changes in the real world:

  • many industries increase their productivity through IntelliSensing
  • IntelliSensing enhances decision-making for triple-bottom-line (financial, social and environmental) sustainability
  • new digital-physical markets and businesses are formed.

Focus

We are investigating how to:

  • create robots and autonomous systems that augment our capacity to perceive, think and act by sensing and responding to their environments
  • design innovative sensing and visualisation tools that allow governments, businesses and individuals to easily access and digest large volumes of data
  • develop mathematical models, analytics tools and control strategies that facilitate the rapid integration, dissemination and interpretation of large and complex data sets and improve decision-making
  • overcome barriers to the adoption of intellisensing technologies by addressing concerns relating to privacy, security and trust.

Research centres and facilities

We work with and at several specialist research centres and facilities, including:

People

We draw on the broad expertise of QUT's six faculties, assembling teams of researchers from different disciplines to work on large-scale projects relating to our natural, built and virtual environments.

Enabling platform leader

Leadership team

Science and Engineering Faculty

QUT Business School

Knowledge to Innovation Broker

Partnership enquiries

Contact Raymond Johnson, our Knowledge to Innovation Broker, about research partnership opportunities with us.