Our Strength

The LIIDR group was established in 2013 with the aim to create the first Research Centre of Excellence in Defence Logistics in Australia in the forthcoming future. We have developed into one of the world’s outstanding groups of research excellence with researchers at the cutting edge of significant research fields with a unique position internationally working at the intersection of Defence, Business, IT and other human endeavours encapsulated by its motto of "creating value by making connections". We specialise in key emerging areas in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cyber Security and Software Engineering.

Artifical Intelligence
  • Supervised and unsupervised machine learning
  • Network and graph theories
  • Computer Vision including Image recognition and object detection
  • Predictive, prescriptive and cognitive decision making
  • Natural language and unstructured data procesing
Data Science
  • Big Data and data analytics
  • Data and text mining
  • Ontology development and semantics reasoning
  • Elasticsearch of heterogeneous data sources
  • Business intelligence (BI), organizational capability and sustainment
  • Immutable data and information storage
  • Smart contract development and implementation
  • Permissioned (private) blockchain
  • Stakeholder accountability, authenticity, accessibility and visibility
  • User privacy preserving verification
Artifical Intelligence
  • Front-end and back-end design and development
  • Heterogeneous systems integration and legacy data migration from multiple information sources
  • Integration and combination of unstructured and structured data
  • Automatic analysis and reporting
  • Multi-platform support (Web, Mobile, iPad)
  • Rigorous field testing and evaluation
Data Science
  • Supply chain management
  • Data-driven intelligent logistics
  • Internet of Things (IoT), Web of Things (WoT) and Smart City
  • Data lake and information logistics
  • Blockchain powered transport and logistics
  • Mobile edge computing for data supply chain and BI solutions
  • Scalable and efficient provenance data collection and storage
  • Provenance data visualization and analysis
  • Privacy-preserving intrusion detection datasets
  • Provenance graph anomaly detection
  • Contextual anomaly detection
  • Collaborative intrusion detection

Creating value by making connections

Through utilising their unique combined industry and academic experience, they have established strong linkages with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) (Acquisition and sustainment, Navy, Army and Air Force), Defence Industry (such as LINFOX, Honeywell etc), International defence logistics centres from the UK, USA, The Netherlands and NATO, etc and formed academic research collaboration within and outside of the Business School and the University. They have started revamping the Logistics under-graduate and post-graduate degrees with the cutting edge theory and practice that defence force personnel need for their careers. In terms of research effort, apart from the successful award of several project funds related to Defence Logistics Big Data, Navy SWIM project and Risk Management of Logistics operations in 2014, their recent effort has resulted in being awarded a large Defence research contract exceeding $4 million in in cash funds for research and development in the last few years. The Defence project commences in January 2015 and the team to date has delivered 8 practical working modules that has been tested in the field and they are one of the best value for money for ADF in its history in terms of contracted research outputs.

Vision Statement

To be the world leading research group in multi, inter and trans-disciplinary, socio-economic driven coollaborative research, empowered by cutting edge big data intelligence and technologies.


  1. Heterogeneous Systems Integration and legacy data migration from multiple information sources.
  2. Cyber Security and Trust with End-to-End Visibility enables track and trace accountability.
  3. Cognitive Decision Support leading to minimum training and maximum automation.
  4. Blockchain and Data Lake, micro-service, Docker and container, private block chain and Elastics Search of heterogeneous data sources.
  5. Conjoint Data mining, predictive analytics, ontology and semantics reasoning.
  6. IoT and Mobile Edge Computing for data supply chain and BI solutions.

Eight-Fold Mission Statement

  1. Solve real-world problems for government, industry and commerce both nationally and internationally;
  2. Carry out top quality research which results in high impact publications and commercial outcomes;
  3. Build connections with other disciplines and areas within the university;
  4. Develop national and international networks of research excellence;
  5. Achieve greatest value of competitive grants;
  6. Create the most successful, largest and high quality HDR Graduate Schooolin the world;
  7. Establish itself as one of the best research institute in the world;
  8. Drive intellectual agenda through key professional bodies, conferences, committees, editorial boards of journals and patents.

6-key Research Strategy

  1. Competitive Grants - Internal and External
  2. HDR intake and completion
  3. Research Publications
  4. Earlier Career Researchers and Staff Development
  5. Research Commercialization
  6. International Leadership and Collaboration

The Logistics Research Group is enriched by multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research methodologies and focuses on the key areas identified by the UNSW 2025 Strategy, ARC and CRC and it is making unique contribution not only to new emerging technologies but also government, industry, and small-medium enterprises, evidenced by its sustained research award, product deliveries, patents and publications in the last 20 yrs.