The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development conducts world-class interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge and finds sustainable solutions to practical problems concerning human interactions, new technologies, and our interaction with the environment.

The Institute’s vision is to optimise human interaction and wellbeing across the lifespan. MARCS Institute strives to solve the problems that matter most through the themes sensing and perceiving, interacting with each other, and technologies for humans.

Westmead Innovation Quarter

Exemplifying international best-practice, the Westmead Innovation Quarter brings Western Sydney University together with community, healthcare, industry and government partners.

This integrated, collaboratively-driven approach will help deliver outstanding health, economic and social outcomes. Together with our precinct partners, we seek to reinvent traditional practices and make the latest innovations, technologies and treatments available to Western Sydney sooner.


Explore Our Research

Discover how MARCS research is shaping sectors such as health, defence, music and arts, speech, language and communication, data, development in infants, aged care and more.
MARCS has excellent state of the art labs and equipment that attracts researchers and students from Australia and across the world and are managed by an outstanding team of specialist professional staff who also provide technical support to researchers and students.
Take a look at how research at the MARCS Institute is innovating and commercialising.

Events & News

Go behind the scenes at the official opening of our Westmead Innovation Quarter that builds on the University’s longstanding education and research presence in Westmead, dating back to the days of the Westmead Teachers’ College.
The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) are excited to announce they have teamed up with Intel to build a world-first brain-scale neuromorphic computer, using reconfigurable hardware and open-source software, to learn more about how the brain works and how to build better AI.
Western Sydney University’s International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) have been recognised across the Defence Connect network for successfully securing grant funding from the Australian Government’s Moon to Mars initiative. This funding will help develop new Australian technologies for potential use on NASA’s Moon to Mars mission.