ASD operates in the slim area between the difficult and the impossible. Solving the toughest problems in foreign signals intelligence, cyber security and offensive cyber operations requires teams of clever, curious people with diverse and complementary skills.  

The Co-Lab is a place where future generations of uniquely-skilled Australian students can kick-start their academic and professional careers. That pathway might start in high school or at the undergraduate level, or simply through meeting people studying or working in areas you never even knew existed.  Our vision and commitment is to identify and foster talented students by connecting the academic and technical expertise needed to realise academic and career goals.

Co-Lab engages with students from all ANU Colleges. Our areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Secure communications
  • Cyber security
  • Vulnerability research
  • Computing
  • Cryptography
  • Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational linguistics
  • Languages
  • Psychology
  • Physics and Engineering

Co-Lab values equity and diversity and is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all students. We demonstrate this commitment via participation in a range of outreach and engagement programs targeting underrepresented groups. 

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ASD Code Breaker

At ASD, we are looking for people with curious and creative minds, who will bring new ideas and skills to our organisation. If you like decoding hidden messages and cracking codes, try this fun game that will test your problem solving skills.

ASD Code Breaker

Ever wondered what a career at ASD might look like?

Read this article by the ABC: "Licence to hack: using a keyboard to fight Islamic State"

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