The ASD - ANU Co-Lab

A collaboration between the ANU Research School of Computer Science, the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Australian Signals Directorate

A centre of excellence for ground-breaking research, capacity building and nurturing the talent Australia needs to secure our national interests.


Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian National University (ANU) have entered into a 15 year partnership centred in the ASD-ANU Co-Lab, a new unclassified research facility on the ANU campus.

The Co-Lab is hosted in the Hanna Neumann building on the ANU campus and is a joint collaboration between the Australian Signals Directorate and the Research School of Computer Science based within the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Mathematical Sciences Institute based within the ANU College of Science.

This unique partnership is bringing together leading ANU academics and some of ASD’s foremost analysts and technologists to collaborate on a program which puts Australia’s national security at its centre.

The partnership will serve as an incubator for joint research and knowledge transfer and will develop a pipeline of students with the capabilities and skills required for a career with ASD and other STEM related fields.

The program of activities will look to increase the number of domestic graduates in STEM with a particular focus on areas such as cryptography, secure communications, computing, cyber security or vulnerability research.

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Key areas

To promote research collaboration in areas of mutual interest to ASD and ANU

To facilitate education and training activities and opportunities for ASD staff and ANU students.

To identify and foster talented students working in areas related to ASD.

To provide a focal point and meeting place for STEM Outreach initiatives to grow Australia’s STEM pool

We want the Co-Lab to be the place where future generations of STEM-skilled students start their academic and professional careers.  

That pathway might start in school or at the undergraduate level, or simply through connecting with people studying or working in areas you never even knew existed

Our long term vision and our commitment is to open up those pathways, to identify those students and to place in front of them, the academic and technical expertise needed to realise their academic and career goals.

This unique partnership will accelerate the transfer of knowledge and cutting-edge expertise in a continuous loop as part of the joint collaboration activities.  If you’re interested in joining one of our workshops or would like to contribute to one, then get in touch




News, events and workshops

ASD’s first cohort of honours students visited the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) headquarters last month. They were joined by current Masters and PhD students, as well as summer research students who are undertaking projects with ASD researchers over the semester break. At ASD, students met a number of staff who had similar educational backgrounds and learned about many potential career options.

Ever wondered what a career with ASD might look like? Read ABCs recent article here.

If you are an Australian domestic student interested in pursuing further studies with a focus in data science, cryptography, secure communications, computing, cyber security or vulnerability research, applications for honours in 2020 are open now. Email to apply today.

If you are an academic working with students, we encourage you to reach out to high-performing Australian domestic students who have an interest in the topics listed above and let them know about study opportunities with the Co-Lab.


Past events


Date & time: 19 Oct 2019, 9am - 3:30pm

Designed for students in years 11 - 12, STEAM Day brings together bright minds to consider how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) can be combined to solve some of the greatest issues we face in the future.


Capture the flag

Date & time: 15 Apr 2019 10am–8pm , 16 Apr 2019 10am–5pm 

ANU has invited Australian Signals Directorate to run a 'Capture the Flag' event on campus. Capture the Flag (CTF) is a friendly competition consisting of assorted cyber security and cryptography problems and puzzles. Participants work in...


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