Centre for Intelligent Systems

The Centre for Intelligent Systems (CIS) conducts outcome driven as well as theoretical research in the areas of complex intelligent systems. A particular focus is applied technologies relating to ICT and Engineering applications.

The Centre’s major research concentration is around the strong research clusters from Information and Computing Sciences and Engineering. The core research areas within CIS are:

  • Computational Intelligence
  • Simulation, Automation and Robotics
  • Smart Networked Devices
  • Clean Energy Technologies.

The Centre is currently involved in a number of different research projects, one of these is the Automatic System for Roadside Fire Risk Assessment. The aim of this project is to develop an automatic system that can analyse roadside video data and assess roadside fire risks. A number of novel computational intelligence and pattern recognition based techniques for identification of roadside objects from video frames and assessing fire risks are developed. Firstly, the segmentation and classification techniques to extract brown grass from roadside video frames are developed. Secondly, the techniques to calculate the coverage and length of grass are developed. Finally, fire risk assessment techniques to calculate biomass and to identify fire risks using grass coverage and grass length are developed. View more information on roadside video data collected using an automated vehicle.

You can view the other projects the Centre is currently involved with below. You can also find out more about our facilities and equipment and staff.

Roadside Fire Hazard Detection research at the Centre of Intelligent Systems Transcript

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CIS is committed to outcome driven research and its applied research is well connected to local industry such as Transport, Energy, Health and Mining.CIS is well recognised in its focused research areas and its strength is in the following areas.

Computational Intelligence

Artificial/Computational Intelligence, Pattern Recognition and Data Mining, Image Processing, Computer Vision, Applied Maths.

Simulation, Automation & Robotics

Intelligent Modelling, Intelligent Robotics, Intelligent Sensing Decision Support, Mining and Medical Applications.

Smart Networked Devices

Smart Homes, Smart Grids, Intelligent Protection Systems, Network Automation.

Clean Energy Technologies

Intelligent Buildings, Alternate Fuel, Sustainable HVAC, Materials and Processes, Flow of Energy Modelling.


CIS is proud to host and provide research higher degree training for postgraduate students. CIS has a number of research higher degree students based in Rockhampton, Brisbane and Sydney campuses. CIS provides excellent multidisciplinary research training environment.


Scholarships are called twice per year for the general CQUniversity merit rounds. In addition, projects are approved from time to time which allows stipend support for students to study on specific Centre relevant research problems. Further information is available on our Research Scholarships page.

Current Projects

Our research projects include:

  • ARC - Smart information processing for roadside fire risk assessment
  • ARC - Improve fault detection in electrical distribution networks to avoid catastrophic bush fires
  • ARC - Networked and coordinated control methods
  • ARC - Framework for optimised ensemble classifiers
  • Advance Queensland - Battery and microgrid management systems
  • ARRB – Impact of wide centre lines on the pavement using image processing techniques
  • Digital mammography: classification of benign and malignant patterns
  • Opening access to valuable documents: a handwriting recognition approach
  • Elevare energy dstatcom project
  • Hanging wire detection
  • High performance swer earthing
  • Power electronics projects in power quality and PV
  • Failure analysis of CV 103 pulley and bearing for BMA
  • Thermo-chemical conversion of non-recyclable waste plastics into fuel.
  • Development of a novel low energy building using bio phase change materials and rooftop greenery system.
  • Technology development for sustainable use of storm water for irrigation purposes in agricultural farm land.
  • Energy recovery and power generation from solid wastes (MSW, Green waste, wood waste, sugarcane bagasse, etc.)
  • Modelling and Analysis of the Processes of Dead-Burned Magnesia Production in Order to Improve Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability
  • Development of non-adiabatic Desiccant Wheel for Solar Thermal Air Conditioning
  • Technology development for solar assisted desalination
  • Integration of industrial processes in an existing coal fired power station to minimize the cost of carbon capture and storage
  • Flow phenomena in the transportation of mineral slurry in open channel launders.
  • Team programming: framework development
  • Team Programming: Application Development
  • Gamified training materials for drug prescribing

The Centre for Intelligent Systems undertakes both basic and applied research, with a particular focus on collaborative partnerships to deliver real world solutions.

CIS partners include:

  • Atlass Pty Ltd
  • Elevare Energy
  • Intendico Pty Ltd
  • Powerlink
  • Queensland Health
  • Queensland Transport and Main Roads
  • Western Power

A list of upcoming events is shown in the CIS Events Calendar.

Contact Details

Centre for Intelligent Systems

Level 6, 160 Ann Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia

Prof Brijesh Verma (Centre Director)
Phone: +61 (0) 7 32951156


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