About the Centre

Victoria University has consolidated its research activity. From 2018 the research of the Centre of Applied Informatics is located within the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.

CAI is a leading research group in computing and information technology applications. The Centre has been established as an early adopter in applied informatics.

Given the applicability of e-research, internet and web services, our purpose is to unite academic and industry expertise for the development of relevant and innovative e-technologies. While our research areas and projects are multidisciplinary, we generate sustained research output specifically in the e-technology arena with high commercialisation potential. Every project is likely to create a tangible product that is aligned to a specific industry or community need.


CAI has expertise in the following research areas: 

  • Health informatics research: comprises an interdisciplinary professional group committed to research excellence in areas of e-health, health data management, health care and service delivery, and health system development.
  • Water resource management: research on water resource management and ICT-related issues.
  • Services oriented computing: development of distributed software applications and the integration of highly heterogeneous systems.
  • Privacy protection in distributed data mining: research that maintains privacy of each distributed data set in distributed data mining.
  • Intelligent software agent: development of an autonomous software entity which observes and acts upon an environment (ie. it is an agent) and directs its activity towards achieving.

Find out more about CAI's research areas and projects

Track record and profile

CAI has an international reputation in the research areas of data management, web service, web/data mining, and e-research. The e-research field at CAI involves collaboration among experts from different domains, in particular in ICT area, and its applications in health care, environment studies, business process and legal information management.

In addition to high quality research outcomes/publications, CAI has made a strong impact through applications and collaborations with governments and industrial organisations such as the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Westgate General Practice Network, CSIRO, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, and Chinese Academy of Science. Read more about our research projects.

We have established close and broad relationships with institutional and industrial partners and research networks. Learn more about our partnerships and collaborations.

The research funding at CAI has come from a number of Australian Research Council grants, such as discovery, linkage and e-research projects. The centre also attracts a large amount of funding from external bodies.

Facilities & Resources

We have access to modern research, educational, consultation and conference facilities, and informatics and computing infrastructure located at Footscray Park campus.

The facilities include:

  • a data repository
  • desktop computer and high-performance server
  • advanced network equipment.