Intelligence analytics

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Intelligence Analytics (IA) branch conducts applied research in data and human sciences to automatically extract, fuse and disseminate meaningful content from intelligence data to improve the situation awareness of analysts within the Australian Intelligence Community.Data science applications include information extraction from unstructured linguistic data, text analytics, speech and audio analytics, image and video biometrics, data mining and high-level information fusion.

Human science capabilities comprise social and cultural analysis, cognitive and behavioural analysis, and the mathematical and computational modelling of these elements. Cross-disciplinary data and human science capabilities are applied to research, develop and evaluate human-computer environments, including for information retrieval, exploratory visualisation, visual analytics, and biometrics applications.

The IA branch distinctively addresses the Human Intelligence (HUMINT), Open Source intelligence (OSINT) and All-Source Intelligence (ASINT) aspects of the intelligence space.

Language Technology and Cognition (LTC)

The Language Technology and Cognition (LTC) group develops analytical tools and techniques to assist the Australian Defence, Intelligence and Law Enforcement Community process, analyse and manage their large volumes of unstructured and structured natural language content. It also collaborates and shares linguistic tools and resources with national and international partners to facilitate five-eyes interoperability and collaboration.
The group conducts research in the following areas: multilingual text and speech content analytics, audio processing, knowledge representation and automated reasoning under uncertainty. The group develops language technology, which involves the design, development and testing of automated capabilities to process, search, filter, extract and translate speech and textual data. These are based on linguistic knowledge of human languages and therefore rely on the development of language models and linguistic resources. These tools and resources along with knowledge representation and automated reasoning capabilities help fuse, correlate, infer and contextualise heterogeneous data sources, enabling analysts to make sense of the data.


The Biometrics group develops novel technologies to support identification and identity protection in challenging environments, and evaluates biometric and socio-technical system performance to future-proof Australian government identity solutions. The group also plays a key role in transitioning new capabilities, providing advice on integration of biometric and identity systems across government.

Multi-Intelligence Analytics (MIA)

The Multi-Intelligence Analytics (MIA) group is a new multidisciplinary, Canberra-based team oriented toward the transition of intelligence capability into operational intelligence environments for Defence and National Security stakeholders.  The focus will be on the fusion of different types of intelligence information. While relying on other branches across DST to develop deep individual technical capabilities in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), GEOINT, MASINT, HUMINT, OSINT, ASINT etc, this group will focus the science and technologies needed for next-generation multi-INT/intelligence integration capabilities, with an emphasis on the analyst and their analytic challenges.

Human Domain Analytics (HDA)

The Human Domain Analytics (HDA) group works in partnership with Defence and National Security (NS) stakeholders to understand human, social and cultural influences that threaten Australia’s interests, as well as developing strategies to strengthen our resilience to them. Such threats include violent extremism, cyber-attacks, and information warfare. The group collaborates with domestic, international and industry research partners to: deliver insights and solutions that improve cyber resilience; facilitate dynamic monitoring of social media for threat identification; discover the drivers and antecedents of extremism ; and support Defence and NS capability modernisation through needs and requirements elicitation, concept development, training, education, and human-centred integration of automation and autonomy.

All Source Analytics (ASA)

The All-Source Analytics (ASA) group facilitates the automated fusion of disparate information from any available sources to improve situation awareness. In partnership with Defence and National Security stakeholders, and relevant other groups, we automate selected aspects of intelligence analysis to help analysts exploit the data deluge, reason about the available information and reduce cognitive load. Making sense of fused data requires partnerships between intelligence analysts and intelligent machines. We envision increasingly rich, context-aware and natural interaction which will better engage analysts in the sensemaking process. Our predominant disciplines are computer science and software engineering. Our principal application domain is geospatial intelligence, in which we partner with industry, academia and international collaborators.

Key information

Areas of expertise:

  • text analytics
  • speech and audio analytics
  • information fusion
  • visual analytics
  • analytic content interfaces
  • human-computer environments
  • social and cultural analysis
  • behaviour and cognition
  • mathematical and statistical modelling