At Curtin, more than 12 research hubs are focusing on applied research that is highly relevant to Australia’s naval and defence capabilities, including maritime security.

Across a range of engineering, mathematics and science disciplines we are continually adding to our expertise in:

  • hydrodynamics and vessel interactions
  • remote sensing and satellite systems
  • hydro-acoustics and mapping
  • subsea engineering
  • computational modelling
  • communications and signal processing
  • corrosion science and materials science
  • transport logistics and process optimisation
  • whole-of-life infrastructure management
  • structural monitoring and protection
  • occupational health & safety
  • energy systems.

In addition, new programs at Curtin will support innovation and capacity-building in regional security and strategy, natural disaster and emergency response practices.

The Federal Government’s renewed interest in defence-specific R&D also brings significant opportunities for strategic collaborations in this space. Accordingly, Curtin anticipates being a fundamental contributor and an innovator in the area of national defence capabilities.

Contact us

You can email the Curtin Defence Network at or get in touch with the Office of Research and Development.