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About Us

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is part of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

We are dedicated to inspiring a fascination in the Universe through research and education

Quick Facts

  • Capability Statement (pdf download)
  • Established in 1998, we are one of Australia's newest and fastest growing astronomy centres
  • We are the largest astronomical research group in Victoria, and we are one of the largest in Australia
  • We have more than 15 senior PhD-qualified staff, more than a dozen postdoctoral researchers and more than 25 students undertaking a PhD degree in our vibrant and friendly Centre.
  • We come from many different backgrounds: see a map of where CAS staff and students come from. We originate from 20 different countries from all 6 inhabited continents and we speak more than 15 languages which, apart from our working language, English, include Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
  • We operate a significant supercomputing facility with a theoretical peak of 10.0 Tera FLOPS on which we conduct simulations ranging from stellar to cosmological scales
  • We house and operate a state of the art virtual reality theatre
  • The Centre played a major part in constructing an innovative virtual reality environment - VROOM - which was housed at the Melbourne Museum until early 2010
  • We have an active program of research and development in the planned Square Kilometre Array project
  • We are the only Australian institution to have an agreement with the W. M. Keck observatory, guaranteeing CAS researchers at least 15 nights per year
  • We regularly receive telescope time at major observatories including the Anglo-Australian Observatory, Parkes Observatory, Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Gemini Observatory
  • We are involved in an active Hubble Space Telescope Treasury Program

Research Interests

  • Astronomy Visualisation
  • Star & Planet Formation
  • Pulsars
  • Globular Clusters
  • Supermassive Black Holes
  • Galaxy Evolution
  • Big Bang Cosmology


Our online astronomy program, Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO), concentrates on the fundamental concepts of and key issues in contemporary astronomy. It is designed for amateur astronomers, science educators and communicators, people working in astronomy related fields, and anyone with a love of astronomy and a need to understand more about what is being discovered in contemporary astronomical research.

Public Outreach

We are home to Cosmos, The Swinburne Astronomy Online Encyclopedia, a unique astronomy reference written by research astronomers for a general audience who wish to know detailed information on a wide range of astronomical topics.

We are also the creators of AstroTour. These 3D 50 minute tours of the Universe are guided by professional astronomers and hosted for a variety of audiences.

Our commercial arm, Swinburne 3D productions, uses the synergy of astronomers, visualisation researchers, animators, artists and programmers to create new dimensions in astronomy and visualisation through our range of virtual reality projection and fulldome projection systems coupled with inspiring educational content.