Signals, Information and Communications Research Institute (SICOM)

SICOM is made up of five research centres seeking to advance information and communication technologies. Their members conduct innovative research in various areas of communication systems and signal processing. The centres are funded through industry, the Australian Research Council (ARC), and many of the members are founders of various successful start-up companies. Their research has been recognised through national awards and they partner with industry and international collaborators.  

SICOM is organised into the following research centres: 


Advanced Multimedia Research Laboratory (AMRL)

The Advanced Multimedia Research Lab (AMRL) was founded in 2004 and focuses on fundamental and applied research in the areas of machine learning, 3D computer vision, 3D multimedia signal processing and augmented and mixed reality to develop innovative algorithms and systems in environmental surveillance, human motion analysis, real-time modelling of objects and scenes, and health monitoring. AMRL is internationally recognized for its work on human motion analysis from 3D data.

Contact: Professor Wanqing Li  

Centre for Signal and Information Processing (CSIP)

The aim of the CSIP is to develop sensors and machines endowed with human-like intelligence by conducting research, undertaking research training, and fostering collaborations in signal and image processing, pattern recognition, machine learning, and visual information processing. The research has applications to audio and speech processing, acoustics, radar imaging and signal processing, medical imaging, biometrics, multimedia, smart vision sensor, smart grid, security, and defence, to name a few.

Contact: Senior Professor Salim Bouzerdoum  

Centre for Emerging Networks and Applications (ENA)

ENA conducts research in the following areas: wireless body area networks, smart and networked garments (wearable technologies), networked and mixed reality applications, immersive multimedia processing and communications, and multi-video capture, coding and rendering.

Contact:  Professor Farzad Safaei

Signal Processing for Instrumentation and Communications Research Laboratory (SPICR)

The Signal Processing for Instrumentation and Communication Research Laboratory (SPICR) is a major research group within SICOM. The group conducts extensive research on information acquisition, signal processing and their applications to multiple areas across optical sensing, 3D imaging, communications, radar, etc.  

The research group has developed a series of novel sensing and measurement technologies. Currently, the group is working on a number of research projects on self-mixing interferometric sensing, optic fibre sensing, 3D digital imaging, etc.  

The research group has also been working on advanced signal processing and machine learning to address key challenges and provide efficient solutions to key technologies in the physical layer of 5G and beyond, Internet of Things (IoT) and visible light communications, e.g., Massive MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output), mmWave, massive connectivity, NOMA (non-orthogonal multiple access), nonlinearity mitigation, etc.

Contact: Professor Jiangtao Xi 

Wireless Technologies Laboratory (WTL)  

This lab focuses on next generation energy efficiency communication systems that include Internet of Things (IoTs) and wireless powered communication networks.  Other research interests include resource allocation, Unmanned Aerial Networks (UAVs), targets tracking, 5G technologies, and the application of machine learning techniques in communication systems.  It also conducts research into antenna designs and testing, CubeSats, and manages an anechoic chamber.

Contact:  Associate Professor Kwan-Wu Chin