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About us

CRIN provides practical solutions to complex distributed real world problems - the types of problems faced by telecommunications companies, transportation and logistics companies, road management authorities, energy providers, manufacturers, security companies, asset managers, and many others. Our approach focuses on close collaborations with partner companies and organisations.

We bring to our solutions a deep expertise which spans wireless sensor networks, intelligent transport systems, embedded systems, wired and wireless communications, network management, and real-time systems - embedded within a strong engineering framework.

The work of CRIN has been recognised through numerous competitive research grants, invited and keynote presentations, awards, and the publication of many cutting-edge papers in leading international journals and conferences.

CRIN Reserach Programs

CRIN's research is underpinned by its four reserach programs: 
  • Intelligent Transport Systems Program (ITSP)
  • Program Director: Dr Xiaobo Qu
The Intelligent Transport Systems Program (ITSP) focuses on applying emerging technologies (e.g. advanced sensing, information gathering and processing, telecommunications, data analytics) to improve the performance of transportation systems, in terms of level of service, safety, efficiency, equity, reliability, and sustainability. This research group has been very productive with numerous papers published at top tier journals (e.g. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications) and a number of externally funded research projects.
The Security, Trust and Privacy Research Program (STPRP) is strongly engaged in solving real-world problems leading to prevention and detection of intrusion and security attacks, and preservation of information security and privacy in multi-modal systems. The group’s research focus is spanned across research areas such as; Intrusion Detection and Prevention techniques, Intelligent fire-wall design, Internet of Things (IOT) security, Transport and Vehicular Security and Cloud based data security. The group has been conducting research since 2008 and published many high quality research papers as well as attracting significant research funding from industries.  
The Wireless Embedded Networked Sensing and Localization Program (WENSLP) focuses on developing wireless sensing systems and applying this technology to scientific and societal projects. The ever decreasing size and cost of computing components is setting the stage for detection, processing, and communication technology to be embedded throughout the physical world and thereby fostering both a deeper understanding of the environment and enhancing our ability to design and control these complex systems. The goal of the program is to investigate fundamental properties of wireless embedded networked sensing systems, developing new technologies, and exploring novel scientific and educational applications.
Technical and economic drivers cause a continuous reevaluation and redevelopment of current networking paradigms. At the present time, hierarchical paradigms are shifting from being object centric to being software defined. This is embodied in Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization. The next move will be towards Information Centric Networking. This program concentrates its research in the way that we achieve networking in the future.


The Centre for Real-Time Information Networks (CRIN) was established by UTS in 2007 as one of the core UTS research strengths. The CRIN researchers are primarily within the Faculty of Engineering at UTS, but also have significant connections to other Faculties of UTS and to the industry.

Over the years, the CRIN has evolved into one of the largest and strongest university research centers in Australia in telecommunication area. The CRIN now has 16 academics and over 40 research students. CRIN members regularly publish over 100 papers per year in international conferences and journals and attract significant amount of research funding from the Australian Research Council and industrial companies. 


Our research mission can be encapsulated as follows:

  • It is a given that the flow of information is the key enabler to modern life, and will be so into the foreseeable future.
  • It is also a given that modern life demands the use of that information in real time, whether it be retrieved from storage, or accumulated from a wide variety of sensors and other sources in real time.
  • The central notion of “Real Time” refers to the ephemeral value of information, and the need “use it” or “lose it” in the wide variety of decision making we apply to all our systems on an ongoing basis. A "real-time information network" is an environment or infrastructure which enables distributed access to, and management of, real-time information.

The key disciplines that enable this are Information and Communications Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer and Software Engineering, the study of Complex Systems, and the study of the Interaction of People and Technology. This Centre is dedicated to research in these disciplines, with specific foci on the applications and issues of our external partners in the retrieval, carriage and use of Information in Real Time.


The Centre for Real-time Information Networks improves Australian society through the appropriate application of real-time information and communication technologies to the enhancement, adoption and utilisation of engineering systems which are designed to provide social benefit. The Centre has a focus on applied research achieved through close links with both industry and research bodies working in appropriate application domains.

Aims and Objectives

The Centre aims to actively support research and development activities related to the efficient creation, collection, transmission, analysis, and use of information in real-time, engineering, embedded applications. Application areas aligned with Australian national and international priorities will be identified by the Centre, and engineering research programs and projects will be initiated in direct response to the requirements of these priorities.

Examples of priority areas of interest for the Centre are: urban sensing for smart cities; intelligent transport systems; Internet of Things, next generation mobile communication systems; cyber security for safeguarding Australia; healthcare diagnosis and monitoring for the cost effective improvement of the health of Australians; environmental and resource monitoring for a sustainable Australia; and the smart use of the Internet in supporting Australian industry (Industry 4.0).

The Centre will have a matrix structure which will enhance the synergistic connection between research agendas and application areas for maximum impact in areas of national priory. Specific research which will involve data analytics, mathematical analysis, computer simulation, modelling and engineering tradeoffs which compare and contrast proposed solutions. To solidify the results, the Centre aims to design, fabricate, and test proof of concept systems, in which the performance and operational suitability of the developed systems shall be demonstrated. 

The Centre aims to collaborate with other universities and government funded research laboratories, both nationally and internationally, Australian industry, and international industry to create the appropriate critical mass to generate the solutions to the difficult, but urgent, research problems of interest.