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The Communications Research Group (CRG) was formed in 2004 at the School of Engineering to conduct research on communication systems and networks. The group grew quickly in membership and research output, and in 2007 it was upgraded to a Level II Research Centre titled Centre for Communications Engineering Research (CCER). The Centre was renamed in mid-2013 to the Centre for Communications and Electronics Research.

Current strengths of our centre include quality of service in optical and wireless networks, design of survivable networks, wireless sensor networks, signal and image processing and multimedia communications.

Strategic focus

Our focus at CCER is to respond critically to various new applications and develop leading edge technologies on communication systems and networks to facilitate these applications.


Our objectives at CCER are:

  • to develop an environment for the pursuit of research in the fields of communication systems and networks;
  • to conduct collaborative research projects with the industry and interdisciplinary partners;
  • to become a recognised research centre that will attract scholars, experts and students from interstate and abroad; and
  • to disseminate research outcomes through international journal and conference publications, workshops, community focused seminars and the University's teaching programs.

Postgraduate research

The Centre for Communications and Electronics Research provides an excellent opportunity for new postgraduate students, both the PhD and Masters in Engineering, to do high quality research in the field of communication systems and networks.

Academic and research staff at our centre are recognised nationally and internationally for their research contributions in communication systems and networks. Our researchers work closely with industry, so students get the opportunity to interact closely with industry partners and promote their research works, assisting students with their career development within the industry. Students are equipped with dedicated office space and excellent computing resources at the centre.

A range of scholarship opportunities are available to meet the tuition costs and living expenses of potential research students.

For more information about enrolments, please visit our Future Students web pages, or for information about scholarships, please see our scholarships web page.


The Centre for Communications and Electronics Research acknowledges the support of Opnet. The Centre uses Opnet software in the following ways:

  • Teaching with Opnet – Our teaching laboratories use Opnet software for laboratory demonstrations in communication systems and networks related units.
  • Research with Opnet – Our research laboratories use Opnet software for computer simulation of various projects related to wireless communications.
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