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Quantum-like evolution in dynamical systems for decision-making

Psychological findings show that under uncertainty, there are many situations where humans make irrational decisions (Tversky & Kahneman, 1974). By irrational, we mean decisions that violate the laws of classical probability theory and logic. These decisions have a deep impact in current decision support systems, since they cannot be predicted: if decision systems are based on classical probabilistic models and on the notions of set theory, then the system cannot capture human irrationalities that violate these theories.Under a psychological point …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Social media / online communities and healthcare

How do online communities provide peer support for those with chronic illness, health conditions, or undergoing recovery from substance abuse?Platforms that connect networks together unleashing latent capacity are becoming commonplace. Examples of these include the personal transportation sector with Uber and the accomodation sector with AirBnB. These sectors are being reshaped by online communities providing peer-to-peer services and co-creating value.This research will investigate the role of online communities in providing peer-to-peer services in the healthcare context. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Culture and financial corruption risks in Local Government

Local governments plays an important role in the lives of everyday Queenslander's. However, a recent investigation into local government by the Crime and Misconduct Commission found widespread governance and integrity failures and corruption by local Councillors and employees. This VRES project is part of a larger project with a forensic accounting firm that is looking at how we can improve financial accountability and governance in local councils that will build healthy cultures and practices that minimise corruption risk. We are …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Privacy and cybersecurity

Mark is interested in supervising student projects relating to most aspects of privacy law, data protection / information privacy and the regulation of cybersecurity, particularly in automated decision-making frameworks. He is particularly interested in the following topics: Conceptual and legal aspects of privacy law in relation to ubiquitous collections of sensorised data Privacy and cybersecurity implications of smart home technologies and infrastructures Information privacy implications of automated forms of regulation (e.g. RegTech) Regulatory models of data portability …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Queensland University of Technology
Lead unit
School of Law

Capacity, wills and enduring powers of attorney

Kelly is interested in talking to students who wish to undertake research on the following topics:CapacityWillsEnduring powers of attorneyAdvance health directivesEstate planningEquity and trustsSuccessionTherapeutic jurisprudence

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
Lead unit
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Women and climate change

In 2017, a Gender Action Plan was adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The plan has two main goals:To enhance the participation of women within international climate negotiationsTo respect, promote, and ensure consideration of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the implementation of the Convention and the Paris Agreement.This plan creates obligations for national governments to get women involved in making climate science and policy and to get women involved in implementing climate policy.Rowena …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Queensland University of Technology
Lead unit
Institute for Future Environments

Strategic alignment of online value co-creation: case study for the public sector

The public sector faces specific problems such as:accountabilityunder-utilization of assetsequitable provisioningrisk aversionoperational inefficiencythe need to reform.Co-creation mediated by digital communities can provide great opportunities when strategically aligned via a better understanding of the required capabilities. This research will investigate what constitutes as strategic alignment for co-creation in the context of public sector organizations, by identifying the set of capability areas which are essential for the operational achievement and measurement of the strategic alignment of co-creation mediated by digital communities. Existing …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Biorefinery process modelling and economics

Worldwide transportation fuel production is currently circa 100 million barrels per day with the vast majority from fossil fuel sources. Pyrolysis and liquefaction are potential promising thermochemical technologies for producing renewable fuels and chemicals from biomass, however, the resultant biocrude/bio-oil has many complex properties inherited from the characteristics of the original feedstock, which make it a generally low-grade fuel alternative. Upgrading of the bio-oils are necessary to produce higher quality products and challenges exist to cost-effectively achieve this target. There …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

International human rights law (environment and climate change)

Bridget is interested in talking to students who wish to undertake research on the following topics:Environmental justice and human rights protections in energy and natural resource policiesClimate change mitigation and adaptionInternational human rights law (environment and climate change) …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
Lead unit
International Law and Global Governance program

Mathematical models of cellular communication networks

Inside each living cell are vast networks of interacting proteins. These protein networks allow the cell to monitor and interpret its environment, and turn this information into a set of instructions that tell the cell what to do – when to divide, when to move/migrate, when to make new proteins, when to switch to an alternative energy source, etc. Although the human genome has now been sequenced, giving us the full set of instructions (genes) contained within the DNA molecule, …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Characteristics and consequences of tax aggressive corporations

Over the last five years Australia has adopted numerous measures, both in accordance with the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Program (BEPS) and unilaterally, to address aggressive corporate tax practices. What has yet to be established however is what characteristics tax aggressive corporations possess and whether the remedial measures adopted have been effective? This research project will address these questions by (1) identifying tax aggressive corporations and detecting common characteristics and (2) examining the impact of measures adopted from …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Exploring the Connected Home

We are in the midst of a new industrial revolution, with a focus on automation and the power of emerging technologies to transform our lives for better (or worse). New technologies are not only interacting with consumers, but also interacting with other devices on behalf of consumers, creating a whole new understanding of consumer behaviour. This project will involve conducting a literature review that explores what is currently known about the Internet of Things (IoT), connected home technologies, and related …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
QUT Graduate School of Business
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

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