Our research addresses efficient, reliable and effective computer software. We work in four major areas. High Performance Computing seeks efficient solutions to massive computational problems. Programming Language Systems addresses the challenge of creating effective, efficient and sound programming languages. Software Engineering considers the challenge of managing the profound complexity inherent in large-scale software development. Human Centred Computing investigates psychological, social and cultural aspects of effective computing systems.

Our research has emerged from a rich history of high-performance computing research at ANU. During the 1990s, the ANU-Fujitsu CAP research program and the innovative ‘Wedge’ virtual reality theater set the foundation for our focus on languages, performance and human-centered computing. We continue that thread today, working closely with the National Computational Infrastructure, which is hosted at ANU and home to the fastest supercomputer in the southern hemisphere.

We pride ourselves on our academic reputation and innovative research, which we often undertake in collaboration with global industry leaders.

Explore our available research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Raijin supercomputer

Imagine a large computer system that fails. One of the power supply units shuts down or a memory slip causes data to become corrupted. The...

Human-Centred Computing

When we interact and cooperate with other humans, they usually understand and predict what we will do. The same cannot be said of computers, which...

Programming Languages, Design & Implementation

Programming languages provide the building blocks for the world’s computer software. Unfortunately, poorly designed and implemented languages are...

Software Engineering

The countless technological innovations that we rely on, for example in transport, telecommunications, finance and energy supply, are complex......

Academic staff


Technical staff



Steve Blackburn

Steve Blackburn is Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at ANU
"I started playing with computers as a kid, studied electrical engineering as an undergraduate and then did my PhD in computer science. These two...
Tudor Barbulescu

Tudor Barbulescu

Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Arts
For 2nd year Computing and Arts student Tudor Barbulescu, the future of visual arts performance is becoming inextricably linked with computers, and...
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This is an event in the CSIRO IR & Friends series, in conjunction with RSCS HCC & Friends...
Design Profile for techLauncher
28 Oct 2015
The next generation of software developers and entrepreneurs from ANU have presented high technology projects to potential investors and industry partners at the...
Markus Hegland, Md. Mohsin Ali, Brendan Harding, Peter Strazdins
14 Sep 2015
Joint efforts between the Research School of Computer Science and the Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI) at the Australian National University have just been...
Dr Armin Haller demonstrating eye gaze technology
29 Jul 2015
The ANU is set to play a significant role in guiding the future of the Web after being chosen as the new host of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Australia...
Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt to lead ANU
24 Jun 2015
Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). He will take up the position on 1 January 2016...
ANU leads Australia in global subject rankings
29 Apr 2015
ANU has secured its position as Australia's top university in the latest QS global subject rankings. ANU has been rated in the top 10 in the world in four subjects...
ANU students win prize for creating web app in 32 hours
29 Dec 2014
Two computer science PhD students have won an award for creating a web-based application in just 32 hours, aimed at helping foreign students pronounce English words...
Three ANU students headed to Morocco for ICPC Challenge
20 Oct 2014
A team of three ANU students have taken out the top prize in the South Pacific Regionals Round of the International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC). After...
Jessica Graduation
14 Oct 2014
During the winter break, third-year Bachelor of Software Engineering student Jessica Hutcheson travelled to Michigan State University (MSU) to study an intensive...
25 Jun 2014
ACM Sigmetrics have awarded Steve Blackburn the Test of Time award for his paper ‘Myths and Realities: The Performance Impact of Garbage Collection.’ The paper was...
Students win top prize in Canberra digital design competition
27 Mar 2014
A team of three CECS students have taken out first place at the Digital Canberra Challenge with an online solution to simplify event approval processes in the ACT....
The cocktail party problem

The cocktail party problem

Dr Wen Zhang is working towards solving ‘the cocktail party problem’. Her research titled Advancing binaural localisation techniques aims to produce...

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