The CSIR is a multidisciplinary organisation with a vast range of science, engineering and technology competences, rooted in the minds of its qualified, experienced and renowned experts. The organisation’s range of expertise include broad fields of science such as mathematics; computer and information science; applied sciences such as urban and town planning; physical sciences; chemical sciences; earth and related environmental science; and biological sciences.
It also includes engineering and technological fields such as civil engineering; architecture; mechatronics; microsystems such as microfluidics; systems engineering; mining engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; mechanical engineering; chemical engineering; materials engineering; industrial engineering; and nanotechnology. The organisation also has expertise in health and medical sciences. In the agricultural sciences, expertise includes agricultural ecology, molecular diagnostics and agroprocessing. Expertise rooted in social sciences includes resource economics.
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The CSIR’s Design and Optimisation Research Group focuses on developing and applying both mathematical and computational systems and tools, to enable effective decision-making that informs design a
The CSIR’s spatial information systems research group provides thought leadership and innovative spatial information system solutions in real-world settings to support decision-making.
The CSIR’s passenger transport research focus is on creating a competitive transport industry and improving safety and access in this industry, as well as localising public transport technologies.
The CSIR research group for geospatial modelling and analysis combines geospatial data with mathematical modelling and analysis to build information systems for geospatially aware decision support.