Division & Leadership

The Division of Research & Innovation provides research and research education services and infrastructure supporting the development of world-class research, both nationally and internationally, and encouraging engagement with the broader community.

  • Professor Mike Brooks | Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research)
    Professor Mike Brooks
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor and
    Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Mike Brooks has held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) since 2008. He took on the additional role of Provost in 2018, responsible for oversight of the University’s five faculties. As a leading international researcher, he has made fundamental contributions in artificial intelligence, computer vision and robotics. Professor Brooks has published over 120 papers in computer vision, image analysis and surveillance, with over 5200 Google Scholar citations. He has held visiting scholar/professor positions at many international institutions, including the University of Oxford, MIT, INRIA, Fraunhofer-Karlsruhe, Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Gunma University in Japan.

    His work has seen application in areas that include defence, health, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing. Intelligent video surveillance technologies developed by his team have seen wide commercial use in the security industries and have won international awards. The computer vision group he created at the University of Adelaide lives on in the guise of the internationally eminent Australian Institute for Machine Learning.

    Professor Brooks has extensive experience in research leadership and management, having developed and implemented the University research strategic vision. He established the University of Adelaide’s six flagship research institutes, and has overseen the University’s rapid rise up the international rankings and outstanding showing in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) scheme. He created ThincLab Adelaide, a leading-edge innovation hub for startups and entrepreneurs, and is responsible for postgraduate activities which result in over 400 PhD and Masters graduations per annum. He has in addition steered some major international partnerships with the likes of Nottingham, North Carolina State and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities.

    He is a former chair of the Go8 Committee of Deputy Vice-Chancellors Research, and served on the NHMRC National Code Review Committee, advising on Australia’s new research integrity framework. He has in his career served for 8 years on Australian Research Council grant award panels.

    He served on the boards of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute. He served for almost 10 years on the board of National ICT Australia (NICTA), the forerunner of Data 61.

    Professor Brooks is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

    From March 2017 to January 2018, Professor Brooks led the University of Adelaide as interim Vice-Chancellor and President.

    As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Brooks is the University’s Responsible Executive Officer for the purposes of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

  • Professor Michael J. Liebelt | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operations)

    Professor Michael J. Liebelt
    Professor Michael J. Liebelt
    Pro Vice-Chancellor
    (Research Operations)

    Michael Liebelt graduated from the University of Adelaide with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in 1978, BE (Hons) in Electrical Engineering and Master of Engineering Science in 1982.

    He was appointed Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide in 1989, Senior Lecturer in 1996 and Associate Professor in 2006. He was the Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from 2001 until 2010 and Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences from 2010 until 2016. He was Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences from September 2017 to September 2018.

    In 1987 Michael was a founding director of Network Communications Pty. Ltd. and served on the Board, including 2 years as Chairman, until the Company was sold in 1997. He was a Director of the Electronics Industry Association of SA from 2001 until 2006, a Member of the Governing Board of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Image Processing from 2003 until 2005, Director of Spire Innovations Pty. Ltd from 2003 until 2012 and Director of Aitec Pty. Ltd. from 2004 until 2005. He is currently a member of the Management Committee of Electronics Industry Development Adelaide Inc. (EIDA). He has ben the University’s representative on member of the Council of St. Ann’s College Inc. since January 2017.

    Michael’s research interests are in computer architecture, particularly asynchronous digital systems and fine grained parallel architectures for implementing artificial general intelligence, and in engineering education. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised or co-supervised 34 PhD and Masters students to completion in these areas.

    He is Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.? He is also a member of the TEQSA Register of Experts, and Member of the Adelaide Education Academy.

    In 2016 Michael was awarded the University’s Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in the category of Leadership, Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice, and the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. In 2017 he was awarded an AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

  • Professor Noel Lindsay | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship)

    Noel Lindsay
    Professor Noel Lindsay
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship)

    Professor Noel Lindsay joined the University of Adelaide in 2006. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship), he provides oversight, vision, and leadership across a range of entrepreneurial programs designed to have impact and that deliver social and economic benefits. He plays a key role in building further momentum in promoting an entrepreneurial and innovative culture within the University, directly supporting the aims of the University’s research strategy, Adelaide Research for Impact.

    Noel is also the Dean of Business, Adelaide Business School at the University of Adelaide and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation. In addition, he has held the positions of Academic Director Singapore Operations, Head of the School of Marketing and Management, and Acting Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion.

    Noel has a PhD in Commerce from the University of Queensland and is a Chartered Accountant and a CPA. In these capacities, he worked in the areas of audit and then corporate insolvency. His entrepreneurial experience encompasses private equity, as a Director of an Australian venture capital fund, and co-founding business ventures in Australia, South Africa, and Malaysia.

  • Professor Bruce Northcote | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement)

    Bruce Northcote
    Professor Bruce Northcote
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement)

    Professor Bruce Northcote is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement) within the Division of Research & Innovation at the University of Adelaide, where he is responsible for providing leadership in achieving the University's strategic goals in relation to industry engagement and research partnerships.

    Professor Northcote has oversight of the University’s Industry Engagement Priorities, together with other strategic projects supporting research engagement.

    Professor Northcote is also CEO of TelAri Analytics, a commercialisation venture that was derived from research he led whilst Director of the Teletraffic Research Centre (TRC). His Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, specialising in queueing network theory, was undertaken at the same centre he was later to lead.

    Following completion of his postgraduate studies and a short post-doctoral role at the TRC, Professor Northcote spent nearly 6 years working in the US telecommunications industry as a system architect, pre-sales consulting engineer, performance test engineer and primary company representative on international telecommunications standardisation bodies such as ANSI-T1S1, the IETF, ATM Forum and ITU. Many of his technical contributions to those bodies have been incorporated into international standards that govern how telecommunications devices and networks operate today.

    After returning to Australia and prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2002, Professor Northcote was a consultant for BSN Consulting Pty Ltd and Telic Australia Pty Ltd, working on projects for customers ranging from Vodafone Australia, Telstra, Telcordia (USA), Viridien (USA), and the Victorian Department of Justice. He has published over 20 refereed journal and conference papers, is a senior member of IEEE and was an accredited ATM Forum Ambassador for several years.

    Professor Northcote has incredibly broad experience working in and with industry and academia.

  • Professor Richard Hillis | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance)

    Richard Hillis
    Professor Richard Hillis
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance)

    Richard Hillis re-joined the University of Adelaide in 2019 as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance), providing leadership in achieving the University's strategic goals in relation to research quality, revenue, productivity and international standing.? Richard graduated BSc (Hons) in Geology from Imperial College (London) in 1985 and PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1989.? He spent 18 years at the University of Adelaide (1992-2010) where he was Mawson Professor of Geology, State of South Australia Chair of Petroleum Geology and Head of the Australian School of Petroleum.

    Richard led the Australian Stress Map project (1992-2010).? Its results were applied from understanding the driving forces of plate tectonics to impacts on petroleum exploration, geothermal exploration and carbon dioxide geosequestration.? Richard and colleagues published a prize-winning paper in 2004 recognizing the potential for unconventional hydrocarbons in South Australia’s Cooper Basin, a concept subsequently proven by exploration. ?Richard has ~200 peer-reviewed publications, >5,000 citations and an h-index of 42 (April 2019).? He has also undertaken ~40 oil industry consulting projects, including for Chevron, Santos and Shell and has delivered professional short courses worldwide.

    Richard and colleagues established JRS Petroleum Research in 2001 to apply stress data to petroleum exploration.? JRS grew to a company employing 10 FTEs at the time of its 2011 sale to Ikon Science.? Richard was also involved in geothermal exploration, providing technical basis for the ASX IPO (Initial Public Offering) of Petratherm and acting as non-executive director (2004-2014).? Richard and colleagues founded, and were non-executive directors of, KCL Resources in 2010.? KCL obtained a Spanish potash asset and backdoor listed on the ASX via Highfield Resources which has a market capitalisation of ~$200M (April 2019).? Richard is a non-executive director of AuScope (an NCRIS company).

    From 2010-2018 Richard was CEO of the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) which developed transformational technologies for mineral exploration.? DET CRC’s coiled tubing drilling technology received the CRC ‘Excellence in Innovation’ Award (2018) and has been licensed by Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company.? Richard also initiated the successful $218M MinEx CRC Bid.

    Richard is a Fellow of ATSE (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering) and of the Geological Society of Australia. He was awarded the Geological Society of Australia’s Webb Medal for leadership in the earth sciences (2014) and South Australian Scientist of the Year (2018).

Key responsibilities

  • Recruit and retain outstanding researchers.
  • Attract an increased cohort of talented higher degree by research students and ensure they successfully complete their research programs.
  • Develop and enhance high quality research facilities.
  • Encourage an appetite for addressing the big research challenges.
  • Support an ethos of innovation, engagement, and translation.
  • Encourage research and the associated production of research outputs at the highest international standard.
  • Enter into mutually beneficial partnerships with high quality research organisations.
  • Maintain responsive, strategic and supportive research management.
  • Achieve the research targets set out in the University Strategic Plan.
  • Promote a culture of research integrity and manage complaints made in relation to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.


  • Office of DVC&VP(R)

    The Office of the DVC&VP(R) provides direct support for the DVC&VP(R), and oversight of the implementation of the Research and Research Training aspects of the University Strategic Plan and manages the Research Budget.

  • Research Services

    The Research Services provides pre- and post- award services to the University's research community in relation to external competitive research grants and postdoctoral fellowships, and provide leadership in industry engagement through the Business Partnerships team.

    They support compliance related activities including research integrity, human research ethics, animal ethics, gene technology regulation (Institutional Biosafety Committee) and quarantine; Oversees the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) research publications data collection on behalf of the University; Provides administrative support for the University Research Committee and; Provides advice on relevant University research policies.

  • Adelaide Graduate Centre

    The Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) is responsible for the management and administration of research education at the University of Adelaide.

    It is the starting point for prospective research students, providing information about the process of admission and scholarship application and enrolment, and the support centre for current research students in their management of candidature, providing the tools to assist in planning and managing their research education.

    The AGC operates under the leadership of the Dean of Graduate Studies, who also convenes the Research Education and Development Committee (REDC).

  • Adelaide Enterprise

    Adelaide Enterprise deliver University technologies to the market that create a positive impact on society and in turn bring benefits to the University to support its research activities and ongoing innovation.

  • ThincLab

    ThincLab is the place where unconventional thinkers can give their ideas an unfair advantage.

    It’s home to the creative thinkers, the rule-breakers, the challengers. The ones who see the world differently, and for whom ideas are everything and the future is unlimited.

    ThincLab has three locations in Adelaide, Chalons, France & Singapore.

  • Adelaide Microscopy

    Adelaide Microscopy is a centrally located facility and consulting service offering a broad range of the most technologically advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis to universities, research institutions and industry.

    Our expert staff - among the best in their field - have many years of accumulated knowledge in microscopy and experience in the biological and materials sciences, and understand the need for accurate analysis and application of the most suitable technique to solve the most demanding problems.

  • Laboratory Animal Services

    Laboratory Animal Services supports the biomedical research community through the delivery of best practice, and world standard laboratory animal services.