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CSIRO information sciences group

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  • 11 July 2011 | Updated 27 June 2014

One of five such groups, Information Sciences is home to the following CSIRO Divisions:

  • CSIRO Astronomy and Space Sciences (which includes the Australia Telescope National Facility and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex)
  • CSIRO Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Centre
  • CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics.

Together, these Divisions are Australia’s leading research enabler in the information sciences.


The Information Sciences group houses the core of CSIRO’s research in astronomy, mathematical services and information and communication technologies.

Individually, these Divisions aim to:

  • understand the universe and its origins
  • transform Australian industries and society through the application of innovative ICT research on national needs
  • apply mathematics and statistics to answer important questions from medical research to environmental monitoring and industrial processing.


The scientists, engineers and mathematicians in this group are currently focusing on:

  • broadband – developing technologies to connect people and machines with high speed broadband and enabling them to access the internet anytime, anywhere. Read more in Broadband for Australia.
  • e-health – using ICT to meet the challenges of an ageing population and build a sustainable health care system for all Australians. Read more in Enabling a revolution in healthcare through e-health innovation.
  • services – providing technological innovations to sustain and grow our existing service industries and encourage the development of new ones. Read more in Top team for services innovation.
  • radio astronomy – CSIRO is leading construction of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), a next generation radio telescope of unprecedented sensitivity that will be able to survey the whole sky significantly more rapidly than existing telescopes. Read more in Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP).
  • e-research – making the most of the rich information in the vast quantities of highly complicated data generated by modern scientific research with data management, computing and collaboration tools. Read more in eResearch: new tools for today's science.

Read about the leader of this group, Dr David Williams: Group Executive, Information Sciences.