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Designing mobile technology to engage people with diabetic foot ulcers in self-care

Every day in Australia, 50,000 people are suffering with a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU), 1,000 are in hospital because of DFU, 12 will undergo an amputation and four people will die with DFU. People with a DFU typically require frequent and intensive weekly treatment at a multi-disciplinary diabetic foot clinic to effectively heal their DFU over a period of multiple months, to avoid infection, hospitalisation and amputation. A key challenge to healing DFUs is effectively engaging people in their independent …

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

Measuring soundmark temporal variations in ecoacoustic recordings

The QUT Ecoacoustics research group collects a massive amount of passively-recorded environmental audio data. The data, currently 93TB in size, constitutes more than 46 years of combined environmental monitoring. This audio data is analyzed so that ecologists may scale their observations of the environment.However, as with all data-intensive projects, the data is not perfect. One of our larger collections of data, collected from the Sturt desert, has been misdated. The result is that for large sub-sections of the data, audio …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Privacy-Preserving Process Analytics

Modern organisations consider data to be their lifeblood. While the importance of data science and the potential benefits of data analytics are widely acknowledged, many people have grave concerns about irresponsible use of their data.Negative publicity surrounding large collections of personal data (incl. location, videos, pictures, emails, etc.) by corporations such as Google and Facebook and subsequent breaches have resulted in people losing trust in, and becoming more suspicious about, how their personal data is being used by such organisations.Process …

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

Responsible Analytics of Process Data

Technological advances in the field of data science empowers organisations to become ‘data-driven’ by applying new techniques to analyse large amounts of data. The potential benefits include a better understanding of business performance and more-informed decision making for business growth. However, a key roadblock to this vision is the lack of transparency surrounding the quality of data.Process mining is a specialised form of data-driven process analytics where process data, collated from the different IT systems typically available in organisations, is …

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

Robotic Process Automation: Research Opportunities

Recently, there has been a strong interest in industry in a specific area of automation Robotic Process Automation (RPA). This term can include robotics, software agents acting as human beings in system interactions, and process automation, workflow management systems or systems that are process-aware.RPA is a relatively new technology comprising of software agents called `bots' that mimic the manual path taken by a human through a range of computer applications when performing certain tasks in a business process. The tasks …

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

Big data computing in distributed or cloud environments

Big data is data with large volume, fast and dynamic generation and diversity of data formats. Their management, storage, retrieval and processing is a challenge due to these features.In distributed computing environments, the MapReduce pattern and its Haddoop and Smark implementations are widely used for big data computing. However, they are not directly suitable for many real-world applications such as some bioinformatics problems and other all-to-all comparison problems.As well as that, the efficient utilisation and scheduling of the resources for …

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

UAVs for precision agriculture and plant biosecurity

UAVs are revolutionising spatial sciences. Research project opportunities exist for combining field-validated, image-derived spectra from a representative range of projects in agriculture and plant biosecurity.More information about this research

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

QUT Arm Farm

Deep Learning has seen significant growth and improvements in computer vision systems over the last years. Our work at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is looking at how robotic manipulation tasks be improved by using visual feedback. A lot of activities at the intersection at robotics, vision and learning at QUT.

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

Neuroscience-based algorithms for robotics and autonomous vehicles

Increasingly researchers are looking to neuroscience and the brain for inspiration in how they design their deep learning network architectures for robotics and artificial intelligence tasks.This project will design innovative new neural network-based learning approaches to make breakthroughs in robotic and autonomous vehicle capabilities in:sensingscene understandingnavigationSimultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM)other key capabilities.In doing so you will gain invaluable experience and skills in one of the most exciting fields in the world today, along with opportunities for international travel and collaborations.Our …

Study level
PhD, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

From augmented reality to augmented sociality

Augmented reality is emerging as a promising visualisation/interaction technique for a range of applications. There are many examples in the literature, from education to entertainment, to supporting professional practice in almost any scenario. Commercial devices are also hitting the market, with first specialised applications to niche markets, such as drone piloting, cycling, and fitness.Most projects take a technology driven perspective to try to explore new uses and possibilities for AR displays. The interaction paradigms explored, however, have been rather traditionally …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Visual place recognition for robots and autonomous vehicles

Knowing where you are is a fundamental capability for robots and autonomous vehicles moving through an environment.Increasingly technologies in this area are based around camera sensors, performing a process known as Visual Place Recognition (VPR).VPR becomes challenging in the real-world when conditions or viewpoint change: for example in conditions of inclement weather, changing seasons or day-night cycles.Robots and autonomous vehicles must also be able to localize across viewpoint changes - for example driving down the same road but in the …

Study level
PhD, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Small, high efficiency, low cost appliance UPS

Design a small, high efficiency UPS that is able to interface with house hold appliances (for example a fridge, or TV/entertainment unit) or even lighting circuits. Whilst there is power available from the grid, the system will charge a battery as well as provide power to the appliance through an AC-DC-AC rectifier/unfolding circuit. Should the grid power become unavailable, the system will then almost instantaneously start providing power from the battery through an inverter.The aim will be to produce the …

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

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