Adelaide/Melbourne, 8 November 2021 — Complex systems design firm, Shoal Group, has signed an agreement with Swinburne University of Technology to explore opportunities within the Australian-first Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub).

The AIR Hub led by Swinburne and supported by the Victorian Government, brings together aerospace research, design, and manufacturing leaders to work with industry on real world design and manufacturing problems for the next generation of air mobility.

Shoal Group specialises in engineering solutions for complex systems with a long history in aerospace vehicle behaviour research. From range safety analysis with modelling and simulation of guided aerospace vehicles at its core, to next generation applications for Uncrewed Aerial Systems.

“We congratulate Swinburne on the launch of the AIR Hub, the first of its kind research and innovation hub focussed on aerostructures for both civil and military aircraft,” said Michael Waite, CEO at Shoal Group.

“Our partnership with Swinburne and industry will allow us to explore opportunities around hypersonics, advanced air mobility systems such as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, hydrogen propulsion, Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled design and analysis and space structures.”

As part of the design and manufacturing process, AIR Hub will use artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, machine learning and collaborative robots to support Australia’s world-leading capabilities to manufacture aerostructures.

“AIR Hub will bring researchers and industry together to collaborate on real world problems,” Swinburne’s AIR Hub Director, Dr Adriano Di Pietro, said.

“By using the latest technologies in digitalisation, automation, and advanced materials, we will reinforce our industry partners’ position in the global aerospace industry and accelerate innovative technology development. This contribution to air mobility is vital to Australia’s future, connecting our people and communities.”

Shoal performs engineering research in cutting-edge systems engineering with a particular focus on early lifecycle design with experience in aerospace modelling and simulation, specialising in risk assessment for weapons testing, experimental flight vehicles, and space vehicle re-entry. Shoal is conducting research into the application of machine learning technology across several engineering domains and has a significant research track record in the fields of small satellites and quantum computing.

About Shoal

2021 marks 20 years of operations for Shoal, who started out as Aerospace Concepts in Canberra supporting the defence sector. Shoal Group has flourished into an SME headquartered in Adelaide, with nearly 100 people across Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland.

Shoal’s experienced team has led the development of the early-stage design and development for some of Australia’s largest and most complex systems.

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