Information and Computing Sciences
Macquarie has world-leading research capability in computation theory and mathematics. Our research receives funding from Google and Microsoft, among others. More than $3 million has been invested in spanning theory, distributed computing (the Internet of Things), machine learning and natural language processing. Much of that research is focused on real-world problems and result in non-academic outputs that are publicly shared.
Macquarie’s primary research strengths are split between computation theory and mathematics, distributed computing, and information systems. There is also substantial activity in artificial intelligence (AI) and image processing, which includes contributions across many fields including language sciences and human interaction.
Macquarie’s research draws from the University’s Centre of Language Sciences – an integral part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders – and the Centre of Australian Category Theory.
Significant interdisciplinary collaboration within the University (Education, Linguistics and Mathematics) is evidenced by joint publications, grants and higher degree research supervision. Collaborations are enhanced through visiting professorships from ETH (Zürich), National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation, Fudan University, the Harbin Institute of Technology, and project-based fellowships in collaboration with CSIRO Data61.
Research activities have been supported by an ARC Linkage Grant with partner KS Computers; there has also been significant funding from Google, Voicebox Australia technologies, the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre and Microsoft to work on problems regarding the extraction of information from texts and speech.
Macquarie’s research in the theory of computer science has many applications in distributed computing and security. Academics have been active in projects that involve the computing industries, with examples including Bell Labs, Covata, Sematic Software Asia Pacific, and Oracle Labs. In 2016 the University established the Optus Macquarie Cyber Security Hub, which is a multidisciplinary research, education and thought leadership organisation that seeks solutions to societal problems in the cyber security domain.
Voicebox research and development
Voicebox has supplied natural language technology worldwide, with conversational agents deployed in many of Toyota’s vehicles and Samsung’s smartphones and tablets. The technology has been translated into more than 20 languages and has enabled millions of people to interact with their devices using their voice.
The proof-of-concept development for this technology was completed on campus at Macquarie University. Voicebox Australia is a research and development subsidiary of the Seattle-based firm.
The firm chose to establish their Australian office at Macquarie due to the University’s international reputation in natural language processing, which has had global impact on voice technology interfaces and the underpinning translation of natural language to device function calls.
Centre for Language Sciences