Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation (AIRO)
About the centre
AIRO focuses on two ground-breaking areas of scientific research: artificial intelligence and optimisation. We begin our research journey by working with our partners, collaborators and end users to identify together the needs and outcomes of the stakeholders. We engage with industry, community, professional bodies, government in Australia, and globally. Our research foci include information and computing sciences as well as artificial intelligence, machine learning, image processing and robotics.
Professor Seyedali Mirjalili, Centre Director
Professor Mirjalili is internationally recognised for his advances in swarm intelligence and optimisation research. He has published 300+ research outputs with over 40,000 citations and h-index of 70. He has been in the global list of 1% highly cited researchers since 2019 and is an associate editor of several leading AI journals. Professor Mirjalili also leads our Optimisation and Evolutionary Computation cluster.
Contact Professor Seyedali Mirjalili for project partnerships or to learn more about our research centre.
Explore our areas of research
Machine LearningWe develop innovative algorithms and problem-solving techniques and facilitate data-driven decision making tools leveraging on supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement learning algorithms in diverse areas such as medical image processing, public health, FinTech, mental health and agriculture. Our foci include development of machine learning algorithms, application of machine learning in health, sustainability and business, and data visualisations and analytics.
Optimisation and Evolutionary ComputationWe develop, adapt, or tailor algorithms to solve optimisation problems in both science and engineering. Our researchers are internationally recognised for their advances in nature-inspired algorithm development, data visualisation, problem formulation, and high-performance computing. Our foci include engineering optimisation, swarm intelligence, and multi-objective optimisation.
RoboticsWith a focus on fundamental and applied we design, prototype, and build small to medium-size robots for difference purposes, and develop cutting-edge software technologies required to navigate and assist with intelligence automation of robotics infrastructures. Development of land, air, and water swarm robots are of our interests too. Our foci include swarm robotics, humanoid robots, and robot path planning and goal seeking.
Discover our live projects
Ethical AI framework and checklist for startups
We develop frameworks and guidelines for businesses and organisations to ensure AI-driven systems are designed, implemented, and adopted ethically and responsibly.Tumour detection in X-rays using AI image processing techniques
Developing cutting-edge clustering and classification techniques to detect abnormal tissues in x-ray images of breast and brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).Early detection of frailty using Machine learning
We are investigating how machine learning can help predict prefrailty and frailty outcomes, to improve care and provide preventative
Surfers Swarm: A swarm of robots for monitoring Australian marine ecosystems
Our main objective is to conceptually and technically design disposable robots with biomaterials, and develop algorithms for interaction, coordination, and navigation to distribute autonomous marine robotic systems for performing tasks impossible or expensive with existing technology.Data analytics for diagnosis of mental conditions
This project leverages cutting-edge AI technologies to facilitate data collection, data processing, and diagnosis of medical conditions across different age groups.Nature-inspired algorithms and computing methods
We develop nature-inspired algorithms to mimic natural problem solving in computers and engage in the in-depth analysis to obtain rich insights to ensure high accuracy and improve reliability.
AI technologies for COVID-19 and beyond
This project develops cutting-edge AI technologies addressing problems that emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic including x-ray COVID-19 detection, cough detection, COVID-19 misinformation detection, dimensionally reduction, and clustering.
Discover our partners
Our partnerships are national and international with organisations that align with our Be Good Principles. Partnerships are developed at an individual, group, centre and institutional level and align with our university research themes and build our reputation and profile.
In partnership with Portable, we develop machine learning and optimisation techniques to help organisations to achieve their goals efficiently and reliably. With several front and back-end researchers and developers, a wide range of business solutions are offered with cutting-edge AI-driven data processing engines and user-friendly interfaces.Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee
AIRO has strong partnership with IIT, a leader in artificial Intelligence and mathematics, for joint research projects, and grant applications, as well as visiting researchers and students.National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
As a research partner with NUST, a private university based in Omen established in 2018, AIRO works to establish academic AI algorithms and data analytics expertise for NUST’s oil and gas industrial problems.
Meet our researchers
Associate Professor Jan is the Program Director of Information Technology at Torrens University Australia and a researcher in AIRO. Tony
Dr Mirjalili develops evolutionary algorithms to solve real-world engineering design problems, has over 2500 citations and an H-index of 15
Dr Immanuel's expertise includes biomedical signal processing, machine learning and data analytics. Her current research focusses on risk
Dr Sajeev is a Senior lecturer at Torrens University. She has 13+ years’ experience in teaching and research with expertise in medical
Dr Saha completed her PhD in Computer Science and Engineering and has more than 14 years of experience in academia and industry, including 9
An academic with strong teaching and research expertise in application of informatics tools in Health and Agriculture for nearly two decades.
Academic entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience in a variety of industries, corporates, government, NFP, academia - including
Dr Memon's expertise is in fault detection and identification system, signal processing, condition monitoring systems and AI in education.
Dr Boskovic is a Program Director at Torrens University Australia and an Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University's School of Engineering and Built Environment.
Learn more about some of impactful projects and partners at Torrens University's Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation.
Torrens University researcher recognised as the world’s top AI expertTorrens University researcher Professor Sedeyali Mirjalili has been named in The Australian’s Research 2023 magazine as Australia’s, and the world’s, top AI researcher.How AI research can transform the world
When past generations talk about how different the world looked ‘in their time,’ it’s hard to imagine what life was like for them.Research that Matters, Episode 5: Societies in Drastic Change
In this episode, our researchers talk about pushing the boundaries of AI further to solve some of our biggest problems, like COVID-19, supply chain efficiencies, and accounting audits.
Torrens University academic declared one of world’s most influential researchers
Torrens University Director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation, Associate Professor Seyedali (Ali) Mirjalili, has made the annual global list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2019, which has just been released by the Web of Science Group.