The Tribology Laboratory was established in 1985 at the University of Western Australia. In 2013 it moved to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia).
The Director of the team is Prof Gwidon Stachowiak, who is the Editor of Tribology and Practice book series published by John Wiley and member of the Editorial Boards of several tribological and bio-medical journals.
In May 2011, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France awarded Professor Gwidon Stachowiak the title of Doctor Honoris Causa. Ecole Centrale de Lyon is one of the best technical tertiary institutions in France. It has probably the biggest and most active research tribology laboratory in the world, LTDS, with 96 PhD students currently enrolled, 16 post-docs and about 220 staff employed (academics, technicians and administration). Some people call LTDS 'the world tribology capital'. The ceremony took place initially in the City Hall and then in Ecole Centrale de Lyon in the presence of politicians, university executives and invited guests. Gwidon received the award for his outstanding contributions to research, teaching and service to science and engineering.