Skip links and keyboard navigation

Department of Environment and Science

Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

Department of Environment and Science

Queensland science capability directory

Back to directory

Computational Engineering and Science Research Centre (CESRC)

Stream of data, zeros and ones

University of Southern Queensland

CESRC is a multi-disciplinary group with an international reputation for excellence in astrophysics, astronomy, hypersonic flows, and in the development of novel computational methodologies for solving key problems in agriculture, the resource sector, engineering and the sciences. Validation, experimentation, and physical implementation of numerical simulations are also core activities of the Centre. Researchers at CESRC are able to connect industry with world-class expertise and advanced computational engineering tools capable of creating leading edge smart design, products and technology. Our computational modelling offers farmers, the resource sector and policy makers opportunities to understand the potential impacts of decisions that relate to highly variable and complex agricultural and land management systems.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Numerical modelling
  • Big data analytics
  • Supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnel testing
  • Astronomical and space sciences
  • Physics
  • Photonics (imaging, photometry, spectroscopy, spectropolarimetry)
  • Tomographic imaging
  • Re-entry observation and analysis
  • Thermocompressors (ejectors) using renewable energy
  • Fast-response thermofluids instrumentation

Facilities and major equipment

  • Astronomical observatory for imaging and spectroscopy
  • High Performance Computing cluster
  • Hypersonic wind tunnel laboratory
  • Rheometer

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


West Street, Building Q, Level 3, Toowoomba, 4350

Lead researchers

Achievements of the centre

  • Discovery and characterisation of over 40 new planets beyond the solar system.
  • The hypersonic wind tunnel at USQ performs critical aerodynamic experiments for significant international aerospace research programs.
  • Invention of the Integrated Radial Basis Function method for accurate and efficient solution of differential equations.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

Help us improve this directory by taking a short survey. Take the survey (new window)

Register your centre

Register your centre to be listed in this directory.

Last updated:
6 September 2018