CSIRO Marine Research facility located on the edge of the Derwent River with the RV Franklin moored alongside.

CSIRO Marine Research facility at Hobart

Intelligent Sensing and Systems Laboratory

The Intelligent Sensing and Systems Laboratory (ISSL), formerly the Tasmanian ICT Centre, is developing innovative systems to support decision making through its world-class ICT research capability in environmental sensor networks, mobile sensor integration, computational intelligence and semantic and knowledge engineering.

  • 7 July 2011 | Updated 22 February 2013

Research Capabilities

Computational Intelligence

This team is interested in the design, application and development of computational methods to address real world sensing problems that are subject to noise and uncertainty, and which cannot be characterised by traditional statistical or physical models.

Environmental Sensor Networks

Application of emerging ICT research into environmental sensing domains by utilising cutting edge Cloud and Information Architectures.

This results in scalable tailored systems solving domain related problems.

We have built strong alliances with other research organisations and agencies to demonstrate the value of ICT research.

ISSL also aims to promote employment growth and wealth creation throughout the Tasmanian economy by accelerating growth of its ICT industries.

Mobile Sensor Integration

While traditional sensor networks deliver high temporal frequency data, they are limited in supplying spatial information; the two clearest ways to overcome this problem are through the use of computational models and/or mobile sensors.

We research approaches to integrating mobile platforms (including robotic and personal/wearable sensors) with fixed sensor networks.

The key challenges we are addressing relate to enhancing emerging fixed sensor network management tools to seamlessly integrate with mobile data sources, with specific focus on data ingestion and enhancing network capabilities through ubiquitous tasking.

Semantics and Knowledge Engineering

Semantics and knowledge engineering involves developing theories and techniques for modelling, capturing, and maintaining knowledge in computer systems to support human decision-making, learning and action.

We are particularly interested in theories and methods for representing evolving knowledge, capturing and analysing metadata, and user feedback to improve quality of information, and monitoring and analysing user behaviour to design adaptive user interfaces for improved user experience.

Collaborations to drive research and industry

ISSL has collaborated with innovative companies and agencies to ensure our research responds to identified needs and that there is a path to adoption. 

Our industry partners include:

  • AQ1 Systems
  • Verdant Health
  • Energy Response
  • Hydro Tasmania
  • Entura
  • Saturn South.

We have built strong alliances with other research organisations and agencies, to demonstrate the value of ICT research, and to achieve impact across a number of domains. 

Our partners include the:

  • University of Tasmania
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE)
  • Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture (TIA)
  • Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
  • Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
  • Derwent Estuary Program.


On 29 April 2011, Senator Kim Carr, Premier Lara Giddings, Andrew Wilkie MP, and Dr Megan Clark, CEO of CSIRO, announced a total of $50 million funding from the Federal and Tasmanian Governments, CSIRO and Industry to sustain the Laboratory for five more years, from 2011 to 2016.

Doctoral Scholarship Program

A joint Doctoral scholarship program with the University of Tasmania is part of our commitment to the long term growth of ICT research capability and to building research relationships.

Over the life of this program we have supported ten scholars, offering them the opportunity to work side-by-side with CSIRO researchers and deliver impact from ICT research in:

  • health
  • water and agribusiness
  • marine robotics.

Read more in Tasmanian ICT Centre's joint scholarships with the University of Tasmania.

Our Projects

Sarah Andrewartha, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, measuring the heartbeat of an oyster using new bio-sensors.

Protecting the future of Aussie aquaculture farming through new sensor technology 

Working together with the University of Tasmania our researchers have developed new bio-sensors that can measure environmental and biological data including the heartbeat of an oyster.


Read more technical detail about the work of the ICT Centre.