Science and Engineering a university for the real world

School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics

Our school aims to improve how we understand and take care of the world we live in through sustainable energy solutions and intelligent technology.

Our research

We focus on high-quality, cross-disciplinary research in robotic vision, machine learning, video analytics, wireless power transfer, microgrids, renewable energy integration and superconductivity.

Our school is home to award-winning research facilities and research centres. These include the Da Vinci Precinct, a Brisbane Airport-based area where we engage in aerospace automation research and development, and our Microgrid Facility, a purpose-built environment for investigating practical and efficient grid integration of renewable energy solutions.

We also collaborate on interdisciplinary projects across QUT including with the Institute of Future Environments (IFE) and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI).

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision

Our researchers lead the internationally-recognised Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at QUT which is creating the next generation of robots.

These robots can understand their environment using the sense of vision, allowing them to perform tasks in complex and changing environments.

Speech, Audio, Image, Video and Technology

Our researchers conduct postgraduate training, industrial consultancy and product development in the areas of speech, audio, image and video technologies.

We focus on applying machine learning and pattern recognition techniques to solve real world problems in computer vision and speech and language processing.

Our courses

Electrical Engineering

"What attracted me to engineering was the chance to put critical thinking into practise, and work as an inventor to solve real world problems. While studying I was involved with the Girls in Engineering Making Statements club and the Big Sister / Little Sister mentoring program, which gives the higher year students a chance to help the first and second year students settle in."

Deanna Hood

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical)

Electrical and Aerospace Engineering

"QUT’s focus on real work connections prepared me to enter the aerospace industry. I worked on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of a Vacation Research Experience Scheme project and while undertaking work experience at the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation. As a graduate I have joined Airbus; one of the largest, international aerospace companies."

Benjamin Letheren

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Aerospace)


"I chose to study mechatronics as it focused on the design, control and interactions of both mechanical and electrical systems. By adding robotics as a second study area I gained further insight and depth. I’m now an automation engineer on working on control systems from individual robots to whole manufacturing lines."

Amy Gunnell

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics)

Our partners

The core of our industry engagement is through our teaching and research excellence in diverse fields, including power systems, signal processing, machine learning, aerospace and robotics.

Our partnerships have led to the development of automated monitoring systems for airport security screenings and a new wireless heart pump that reduces the risk of infection for the patient.

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Industry and community

  • Advance Queensland
  • Data61
  • Disney Research
  • DST Group
  • Emirates Group Security
  • Energex Ltd
  • Ergon Energy
  • ISS
  • Microsoft Research
  • Mining3
  • Nova Systems
  • Powerlink Queensland
  • Trademark Vision


  • Air Services Australia
  • Australian Border Force
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Australian Research Council
  • Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Queensland Airports Limited
  • University of Sassari
  • University of Southampton

Universities and institutes

  • Australian National University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • City College New York
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
  • ETH Zürich
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • IDIAP - Dalle Molle Institute of Perceptual Artificial Intelligence
  • Imperial College
  • Michigan State University
  • Monash University
  • National Security Science and Technology Centre
  • Oxford University
  • Radboud University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Oxford

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