College of Engineering Research - University of Canterbury, New Zealand

The College of Engineering is nationally and internationally recognised for the excellence of its research. The College is currently rated first in the New Zealand PBRF* research assessment for the subject area Engineering and Technology, and third in both Mathematics and Computer Science & Information Technology. The College of Engineering hosts a number of Research Institutes and Research Centres, many of which are run in partnership with other universities and Crown Research Institutes in New Zealand.

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
Research areas include energy and fuels, biochemical processes, food process engineering, resources and environmental research, particle and spray technology, separation processes, simulation, control and computer modelling and thermophysical properties.

Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
There is on-going research in many areas including: environmental engineering, fire engineering, fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, hydrological and ecological engineering, earthquake engineering, structural engineering, timber engineering and transportation engineering systems. The Department has several specialist research laboratories, including a dedicated Structures Lab and Fluid Mechanics Lab.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research areas include acoustics, communication, computational imaging, nanostructure engineering, networking, electric power engineering, power electronics and power systems. The Department has four specialist research laboratories: Communications, High Voltage, Nanofabrication and Power Electronics.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
The department is home to a variety of specialist laboratories that enable the study of acoustics, applied mechanics, automotive, hydraulic power, industrial aerodynamic, material and metallurgy, computer numerical control, metrology, control and robotics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. The Department also houses the Electron Microscopy Centre.

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Researchers are involved in a range of research areas, including: algorithm engineering, computer graphics and image processing, computer vision, distributed geographical information systems, firewalls and internet security, human computer interaction and multimedia, computer music, intelligent computer tutoring, networks (protocols, distributed processing and simulation) and software engineering and visualisation.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
In mathematics there is a particular expertise in approximation theory, combinatorics, constructive mathematics, functional analysis, geometry, inverse problems and optimization theory. In statistics, there is particular expertise in bioinformatics, computational statistics, ecological sampling, financial and medical statistics, probability theory and stochastic processes.

School of Forestry
The School of Forestry’s research is divided into four major clusters: sustainable land management, forest engineering, understanding reduced forest variability and forestry as a business.

*Performance Based Research Fund, last assessment 2006.