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Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems

The Centre for Quantum Computation & Intelligent Systems (QCIS) is a Priority Investment Research Centre within the University of Technology Sydney with a vision is to develop theoretical foundations and new technologies for quantum computation and intelligent systems.

Its five major research programs cover:
Bulletquantum computation and information processing;
Bulletdata mining and knowledge discovery;
Bulletdecision support, uncertain systems and e-service intelligence;
Bulletinnovation and entrepreneurial practice; and
Bulletinfrastructure enhancement.

The Centre comprises approximately 25 senior scientists, 15 post-doctoral fellows, and 100 research students, who span the leading-edge of the Centre’s five focus areas and who drive progress in areas like: artificial intelligence, computer vision, image processing, data mining and information retrieval, cyber-security and quantum computation. Their work is a mixture of theoretical and applied research across a broad range of industry and business areas, including finance, marketing, security, telecommunications, health and government.

Since its inception, QCIS’ primary goal has been to concentrate its research efforts to become a world-leading centre in the field of quantum computation and intelligent systems. The Centre achieves this goal by ensuring three key objectives are met:



 QCIS retains its position as a Centre that understands and can solve the problems of government and industry.
QCIS strives to transform its research output into major business domains. It currently holds six ARC Linkage Projects and nine other industry grants on projects dedicated to solving the real-world problems of business and industry.

QCIS staff are encouraged to hold positions on Boards, edit journals, organise conferences and participate in panels in order to keep up to date with the latest business and industry trends. In addition, QCIS employs an international advisory board of scientists at the highest level who are chosen for their expertise in government and industry to support and consult to the Centre.



The Centre maintains an exemplary level of research funding, commensurate with its research goals.
In addition to the industry and linkage grants mentioned above, the Centre holds 24 ARC Research Grants which include 15 Discovery,  four DECRA and five Future Fellow grants. The Centre’s annual revenue now exceeds that of most comparable centres in Australia.

Another major focus is to progressively increase the quality of its publications; delivering outcomes and results that have current application or lead to major advancements in the field and sharing knowledge through international collaborations; networks and the academic press are among the key ways QCIS achieves this goal. Each year the Centre has not failed to increase its research funding and widen its areas of expertise.

3 Cultivate a world-class research environment including state-of-the-art facilities and training for students and staff.
In July 2014, QCIS moved into a new building on the UTS campus, widely considered to be the most advanced research facility of its type in Australia.  Purpose-built for engineering and IT research, the building also houses a 3D visualisation studio known as the Data Arena, laboratories dedicated to robotics, computer science and human-centred design and is sprinkled with informal lounges, study areas and collaborative spaces.

Additionally, QCIS’ research reputation attracts high quality research students both locally and internationally as well as visitors who deliver seminars and workshops on the latest thinking and developments in relevant fields.

QCIS’ next major goal is to be awarded an  ARC Centre of Excellence, or similar, as a national research centre.

We invite you to explore this site and check the "Our Labs" pages for up-to-date information on the projects currently underway at the Centre.


Recent News

Prof Dacheng Tao wins a 2015 Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration for his work with an international network of peers that helps computers better interpret data captured from the real world.
Researchers from the DSKD Lab at QCIS have recently been awarded a $550,000 ARC 2015 Linkage Grant, in partnership with Mission Australia, to build an interactive mining system to detect cyber-bullying on social networks.
Associate Professors Paul Kennedy and Dan Catchpoole were honoured with the Big Data, Big Impact Grant at the NSW Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research on Friday 7 August for their work in helping clinicians better diagnose and treat childhood cancer patients
Dr Peter Rohde celebrated National Science Week by participating in the Science Nation's "The Great Debate: My Research Rules" to determine which field of research is the weirdest of them all.