Research

NRL members are actively pursuing research in the following research domains:

  • Wireless Mesh Networks
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Mobile communication
  • Cyber-Security
  • QoS in IP networks
  • Smart energy management systems

 

NRL is equipped with the state of the art equipment to carry out its various research. These include over 100 wireless sensors, 10 mesh routers, a Toyota Avensis and a spectrum analyser.

Selected Projects

Aiolos This project aims to develop scalable and efficient one-to-many communication, i.e., broadcast and multicast, algorithms in the next generation of WMNs that have multi-rate multi-channel nodes. This is a significant leap compared with the current state of the art of routing in WMNs which is characterised by unicast in a single-rate single-channel environment.

Swimnet A major focuses of the Swimnet project will be to look at a QoS framework for multi-radio multi-channel wireless mesh networks. We also plan to develop Traffic engineering methodologies for multi-radio multi-channel wireless mesh networks. Guarding against malicious users is of paramount significance in WMN. Some of the major threats include greedy behaviour exploiting the vulnerabilities of the MAC layer, location-based attacks, and lack of cooperation between the nodes. The project plans to look at a number of such security concerns, and design efficient protection mechanisms (Mesh Security Architecture).

Ocean The main goal of this project is to advance the fundamental understanding of efficient and effective information and service access for on-board mobile users (e.g., travellers riding trains, ships, buses, and planes). The final outcome will be generic techniques and concepts for effective and efficient on-board access to global information sources and services (e.g., weather information, stock quotes, corporate data, multi-party on-line games, and infotainment).

SENSAR The mission of the SENSAR (Sensor Applications Research) group is to investigate the systems and networking challenges in realising sensor network applications. Wireless sensor networks are one of the first real-world examples of "pervasive computing", he notion that small, smart and cheap, sensing and computing devices will eventually permeate the environment. Though the technologies still in its early days, the range of potential applications ismind-boggling - track bush fires, microclimates and pests in vineyards, monitor the nesting habits of rare sea-birds, and control heating and ventilation systems, let businesses monitor and control their work spaces etc.

These major research projects are/were supported by external research grants from the Australian Research Council, CRC for Smart Internet Technology and DSTO.

For more information view our previous research grants.