Networked Systems

Networked Systems

The world is becoming increasingly connected, from Internet of Things and social networks, to ‘big data’ and cloud computing. Networked systems are not just relevant to information technology, they are already moving into the engineering and cyber-physical systems domains.

Building on world-leading research at ANU in ‘systems and control’, we study networked systems of agents that have the ability to sense, compute, communicate and interact. In particular, we are developing design methodologies for networked systems such as static and mobile sensor networks, and formations of unmanned airborne vehicles. Defence agencies are early users of our discoveries, but civilian applications are also emerging. Such spatially distributed systems typically contain many agents. Therefore, we are investigating the architectural principles linked with overlapping sensing, communications and control functions, so that designs are well tailored to their tasks, which include information consensus and synchronisation.  

We are internationally recognised for our pioneering theoretical contributions. With generous public funding support from Australia and overseas, we have also increased our exposure to experimental field systems such as Formations of Quadrotors and Software Defined Networks. 

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff

Professor Brian Anderson »

Emeritus Professor

Dr Sid Chau »

Senior Lecturer

Dr Jon Kim »

Senior Lecturer

Mr Qingchen Liu »

Research Associate

Dr Zhiyong Sun »

Research Fellow


Francesco Bertoli

Mr Francesco Bertoli »

PhD Student

Mr Wayne Chen »

PhD student

Mr James Dannatt »

PhD Student

Mr. Zhixun Li »


Yon Hon Ng

Mr Yon Hon Ng »

Research Fellow, PhD (submitted)

Mr Kanghong Shi »

PhD Student

Mr Nan Wang »

PhD Candidate

Mengbin Ye

Mr Mengbin (Ben) Ye  »

PhD (Thesis Submitted)


Dr Adrian Bishop

Dr Adrian Bishop »

Visiting Fellow

Dr Guodong Shi »

Honorary Senior Lecturer


Mr Zihan Chen »

Campus Visitor

Jianan Wang »

Campus Visitor


Ms Jie Gao »

IT teaching support officer

24 May 2017
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Zhiyong and Brian Anderson
12 Jan 2016
PhD Candidate Zhiyong Sun has taken out the 'Best Student Paper' as one of three finalists at the recent IEEE conference on Decision and Control (CDC) held in...

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