Our Research Labs

The Institute has excellent state of the art labs and equipment to conduct lab-based research. These facilities attract 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.

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BabyLab

The Age Lab

International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems

BabyLab is the foremost infant research laboratory in Australia. BabyLab is a non-profit Infant Research Centre for pure and applied infant research on speech perception and language acquisition. Scientists conduct research with infants and children focusing on speech perception, speech production, and related skills such as literacy. These studies provide a window into the mind of young babies acquiring the building blocks of language.The Institute’s Age Lab investigates changes in perception and cognition as people age. Researchers investigate associations between changes in hearing, social cognition and cognitive decline. Projects include examining how older adults recognise faces and voices, age-related changes in visual and auditory attention, and ways to optimise communication in noisy environments.ICNS  is a leading  research group that develops neuromorphic sensors, processors, and algorithms.  Researchers focus primarily on real world applications of neuro inspired perception and processing, where biological systems have natural advantages over conventional solutions: where robust, low power, high speed processors must respond autonomously to noisy, unpredictable environments.
ICNS has two Astrosite mobile space observatories that use our neuromorphic technology to track satellites and space-junk. Each Astrosite is valued at $350k. In contrast, the Neuromorphic event based sensors present a much more efficient and low power alternative, as targets in orbit can now be detected and tracked regardless of background brightness.
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The Face & Voice Capture Lab contains equipment that identifies small muscle movement of facial changes (e.g., sad), head movements, speech movement, hand motions (e.g., musical performance, sign language).
The Speech Production lab studies the processes of speech production development, articulatory control, and the perception-action loop.
The 3D Audio & Sound Lab contains an array of loudspeakers individually controlled, professional-standard recording, mixing and playback equipment which permits the investigation of sound localisation and production of ambisonic/surround-sound audio.
The Performance Studio contains equipment that identifies big muscle movement. It is a flexible audio-visual environment, allowing the scientific study of music performance, dance, gesture, rhythm and synchrony.
Our High Speed Camera and Eye-Tracking Labs allow machine vision at fast speeds. In particular, eye movements of saccades and pupil dilation can reveal cognitive processes such as mental workload. In addition, there are four portable eye-trackers.
The Interview Lab and Group-Testing Labs enable the investigation of social interactions.
These labs are small rooms for individual participants. They are equipped with an experimental workstation.
Our Robotics Lab is a state-of-the-art environment for studying the interaction between people, humanoid robots and recommender systems, with a focus on social processes such as nonverbal communication, trust, group membership, and sensorimotor synchronisation.
Some of these labs measure the neuro-electrical activation with Electroencephalography (EEG) or neuro-hemodynamic activation with functional Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). Other labs stimulate the neurons with electrical current via Transcranial Current Stimulation (tCS) or with magnetic fields via Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Our Human Physiology Lab consists of a suite of physiological tools for measuring blood pressure, ECG and respiration, an exercise bike, treadmill and plinths. We use these devices as a comparator for our in-house designed and developed technology.
This lab is predominantly for the assembly of new medical devices within an operational quality management system. For this reason, it is not available for other research as the devices and parts are all controlled and tracked within our management system and may be commercial in confidence. Beyond storage and workspace, soldering stations, oscilloscopes, multimeters, etc. are in this lab together with custom test rigs.