QUT projects and researchers have received a total of $9.4 million in the latest rounds of Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding.
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan announced the 2020 round ARC Discovery Project grants, with 18 QUT projects and researchers awarded $7.7 million, and Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced the NHMRC funding, with QUT receiving more than $1.7 million.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik said the range of grants highlighted QUT’s wide range of research strengths and the high-quality, real word research conducted here.
"These grants are a great outcome for QUT and show how our researchers are addressing the key issues facing our society,” Professor Barner-Kowollik said.
The QUT projects to receive Discovery Project funding include an empirical study of fake news and how to deal with it, how to improve the use of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles in search and rescue inside collapsed buildings or mines, addressing inactivity in pre-school children, and the impact of wind and bushfire on steel roof and wall systems.
The ARC Discovery Projects and lead researchers are:
Professor Thea Blackler (Creative Industries): $630,000 - Framing and Enabling Children’s Active Play using Novel Technology
Professor Greig de Zubicaray (Health): $526,690 - How the brain produces speech: Neuronal oscillations to neuromodulation
Dr Alessandro Soro (Science and Engineering): $509,000 - Augmented Sociality: Enabling a Socialised Experience of Augmented Reality
Professor Margot Brereton (Science and Engineering): $506,000 - Human-Machine Teaming: Designing synergistic learning of humans and machines
Professor Matthew Simpson (Science and Engineering): $495,000 - Mathematical models of 4D multicellular spheroids
Professor Huai-Yong Zhu (Science and Engineering): $446,000 - Optimising catalyst performance by tuning adsorption with light
Professor Clinton Fookes (Science and Engineering): $440,000 - Unlocking Mass Mobile Video Analytics with Advanced Neural Memory Networks
Professor Axel Bruns (Creative Industries): $431,000 - Evaluating the Challenge of ‘Fake News’ and Other Malinformation
Professor Zhiyong Li (Science and Engineering): $420,000 - Mathematical Modelling of the Mechanobiology of Arterial Plaque Growth
Professor David Thambiratnam (Science and Engineering): $415,000 - Mitigating Vehicular Crashes into Masonry Buildings
Professor Yuantong Gu (Science and Engineering): $410,000 - A Novel Multilevel Modelling Framework to Design Diamond Nanothread Bundles
Associate Professor Christopher Drovandi (Science and Engineering): $390,000 - Advances in Sequential Monte Carlo Methods for Complex Bayesian Models
Associate Professor Yi-Chin Toh (Science and Engineering): $390,000 - A Micro-Physiological System to Mimic Human Microbiome-Organ Interactions
Associate Professor Daniel Angus (Creative Industries): $382,000 - Using machine vision to explore Instagram’s everyday promotional cultures
Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez (Science and Engineering): $360,000 - When every second counts: Multi-drone navigation in GPS-denied environments
Associate Professor James McGree (Science and Engineering): $360,000 - Precision ecology: the modern era of designed experiments in plant ecology
Associate Professor Ziqi Sun (Science and Engineering): $330,000 - 2D heterostructures with ultrafast interlayer transport for energy devices
Professor Mahen Mahendran (Science and Engineering): $227,000 - Light steel roof and wall systems under combined wind and bushfire actions
The NHMRC grant projects and lead researchers are:
Professor Robin Drogemuller (Science and Engineering): $1,156,152 - An Inter-generational Learning and Living Campus: A New Model for Healthy Senior Living and Integrated School Communities across Urban and Regional Australia
Dr Leisa-Maree Toms (Health): $415,316 - Human biomonitoring of PFAS: assessing reliability and validity
Dr Rahul Thomas was awarded a PhD scholarship ($130,523) to study improving the knowledge and utility of flexible bronchoscopy in children, and QUT was awarded an equipment grant of $36,621.
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