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An empirical analysis of audit effectiveness in light of recent regulatory changes

In response to the changing regulatory framework on auditor independence, this project will address auditor independence in an international context. Current international- and selected national-level independence requirements will be analysed. Debatable auditor independence issues, e.g., the provision of non-audit services, and audit partner and audit firm rotations, will be reviewed and empirically investigated at both national levels and internationally. The results will provide informative insight to regulators and the audit profession.

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Investigating constraints in optimally controlled ODE systems

In an optimal control problem, a system of state equations is formed to model some process. This system of equations is coupled to an objective functional which summarises the goal of the optimisation process and the systemic costs associated with the model. The control is a variable that can be manipulated from outside of the system and could take many forms. The optimal control is the form of the control variable that optimises the objective functional. An example could be …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Process automation in the cloud

Process automation refers to digital technology-enabled automation of complex business processes in modern organisations. Business Process Management Systems (BPMS) are dedicated to providing support to process automation. Thus they play a key role in today's enterprise digital transformation and a myriad of BPMS exists.Cloud computing, as a major computing paradigm emerging over the last decade, has evolved into one of the most widely used computing resource platforms. It is shifting the deployment of BPMS from traditional on-premise models to the …

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

Solar driven organic transformations by low-cost catalysts

This project will mainly involve the design of new catalysts for realizing important organic transformations. Much work will be done regarding analysis of molecules as well as materials characterization using X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and other methods.

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

Formation, photochemistry and fate of gas-phase peroxyl radicals

The gas-phase chemical reactions of organic peroxyl radicals control the combustion efficiency of engines and influence the chemical and physical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. Despite their central importance, these reaction intermediates have proven elusive; with limited experimental observations of the radicals themselves and the complex reaction networks governing their formation and fate. This study will deploy two advanced mass spectrometric methods to isolate and interrogate the chemical and photochemical reactions of peroxyl radicals in the gas phase. Direct measurement …

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

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

Universal feature detectors for image analysis

Computer vision techniques can now identiy complex objects from images using complicated neural networks that are trained from a large database. Often these networks learn to recognise geometric objects as part of its training.This project will investigate the creation of fast universal geometrical detectors (e.g. lines) to investigate whether they can improve speed and performance for complex computer vision tasks. …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Digital business models

The ongoing proliferation of a digital lifestyle and the exposure to global innovation raises the expectation level of customers for new products and services. The ongoing technological innovations make this possible, but require digital business models to turn them into viable commercial offerings. This is not only relevant for new (‘born-on-the-web’) companies, but also for traditional companies who run the risk of having their core business disrupted. While some see the technological change coming but struggle with the new business …

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

Mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites

Polymer nanocomposite is one of the areas that receiving extensive academic and industry attention due to their intriguing properties and novel applications. There is an increasing interest to design nanocomposites with excellent mechanical properties by adding nanofillers. However, from the experimental perspective, the design process is very slow based on a trial and error process. In this regard, the application of high performance computing can greatly accelerate the design of novel nanocomposite.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Functional, architected vascular grafts via biodesign and 3D printing

Vascular surgery is Australia’s second-most expensive surgical program, primarily due to an aging population with increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, representing 29% of all deaths in 2017. Globally, cardiovascular disease remains the primary cause of morbidity and mortality. This high clinical burden has led to a $10B global market value for vascular medical devices.The high cost of cardiovascular treatments are, in part, due to the high failure rate of implanted vascular grafts (50% failure rate at 10 years post-surgery). While …

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

Advanced vascular models for surgical education, training and diagnosis

Vascular surgery is Australia’s second-most expensive surgical program, primarily due to an aging population with increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, representing 29% of all deaths in 2017.Surgical decision-making regarding whether, when and how to operate on a patient relies on the clinicians’ analysis of 2D and 3D reconstructed images on a computer screen in either the endovascular suite or the operating room.Further, endovascular surgeries require skillful and rapid deployment of vascular prosthetics through tortuous, patient-specific geometries to safety, effectively and …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

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

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