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.

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We are transforming the understanding of the human brain and its complex processes - from birth through to old age - so we can better care for and nurture and maintain its cognitive performance as it develops, and understand how it combats stress, diseases, and disorders as we age.
Using traditional and neuromorphic sensor technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), we are shaping how sectors such as manufacturing, health, and defence capture, analyse and visualise data to improve decision making.
We combine our deep understanding of the human brain and human behaviour with systems design and engineering to reduce the complexity of information capture and processing in environments that can change abruptly, where every second counts.
Comprehensive knowledge of early brain development is crucial to establishing “best-practice” methods for optimal child development and also pivotal in the diagnosis, assessment and mitigation of diseases and disorders as we progress through life.
Arts permeate every aspect of human existence. We bring together musicians, performers, composers, psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, and engineers to measure how art impacts the brain at a neurological level and why it has such wide-ranging benefits.

Events & News

Oct 7

A day of short talks, poster playoffs, and stimulating discussion for the Sydney CogNeuro community!

Oct 20
Oct 31

October 31 - November 4

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.

Neuromorphic Perception Solutions

The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) is a world leader in the development of Neuromorphic Perception Solutions.

Inspired by biology, these ground-breaking solutions harness the power of the centre’s pioneering research on neuromorphic sensors, algorithms and processing hardware, to solve problems currently impeding technological innovation.

The Neuromorphic Engineering approach is sustainable and reliable, using low-power and high-speed systems at the edge to provide a solution to the data deluge problem currently limiting existing technology.

Neuromorphic Perception Solutions incorporate smart sensors, AI and digital infrastructure design and development, targeting areas such as Space and Aviation, smart manufacturing, built environment, automotive, agriculture and medical technology.

ICNS is already working with multinational firms such as Intel and Microsoft on the real-world application of these solutions and is actively seeking commercial partners for further collaborations. Such partnerships will help create a globally unique economic hub in Western Sydney and boost Australia’s regional economic sustainability and development.


We are seeking Expressions of Interest in how you wish to partner with us, so together we can fully realise the potential of these innovations and create globally significant commercial outcomes.