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Culturomics of new extremophiles from Australia and their genomes

99% of the microbes that exist in any given environment have eluded culture under laboratory conditions. The 1% of microbes that have been cultured over the past 100 years are analogous to the unwanted weeds in a garden.However, a fraction of these 1% are very useful in commercial and industrial biotechnology, and impact our daily lives, for example in the manufacturing of alcohol, enzymes, food additives, antibiotics/antimicrobial agents, citric acid, amino acids, yoghurt, cheese and as molecular biology tools. …

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

CRISPRs from Australian thermophilic microbes

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) are segments of prokaryotic DNA containing short repeats of base sequences. Each repeat is followed by short segments of 'spacer DNA' from previous exposures to a bacterial virus or plasmid.CRISPRs first evolved in bacteria as a weapon for fighting against viruses. When a virus attacks a bacterial cell, it injects it's own DNA into the bacterial cell. The bacteria cell responds by deploying CRISPR, which consists of a RNA strand associated with an …

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

Ecogenetics of microbes from Australian extreme environments

Characterising microbial community diversity, function and dynamics has been a long-standing goal of environmental microbiologists, and it can now be easily studied at an unprecedented depth with minimal cost and labour using next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies.

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

Information accessibility for people with disability

The web has become the primary mechanism for information delivery. However, for people with intellectual disabilities there can be significant barriers in accessing this type of information.

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

Data mining for eResearch – environmental acoustic analysis

While huge amount of data has been collected, processing and mining those data is challenging.The QUT EcoAcoustic research group focuses on utilising information technology to aid in scientific research. A sensor network for environmental monitoring has been established.

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

Image/audio analysis and retrieval for environment monitoring

Sensor networks bring ornithologists and pattern recognition researchers together to make some applications possible.These applications include unobtrusive observations (where the presence of humans changes some animal behaviours) and the studies of spatial and temporal variation in biological processes.

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

Big data visual analytics: user-oriented design of interfaces for visualising big environmental acoustic data

The impact of climate change on human and fauna and advances in sensing technologies have demanded and enabled environmental monitoring over large area and long period of time. Multiple networks have been set up around the world to monitor biodiversity using terrestrial acoustic sensors.Timely and appropriate analysis of the big archive of environmental sound becomes a great challenge.

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

Design of the Internet of Things (IoT) platform for communicating time critical vehicle location data

The well-known IoT solutions are based on server-to-server (S2S) protocols for business intelligence or device-to-server (D2S) protocols for data collections from sensors and actuators. They are not suitable for high-timeliness D2D data exchanges. The IoT data distributed services real-time publish and subscribe protocols are designed for fast, reliable and secure device-to-device (D2D) connectivity. …

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

3D patient assessment: automated metrics

The future of healthcare involves the application of 3D and computational technologies throughout the entire patient journey. This project involves developing technology, software, and processes to enable automated measurements of patient anatomy which can be used for the manufacture of customised elastic pressure garments and dressings. Pressure garments are often used in burn injury treatment to apply pressure to the burn scarring and reduce scar severity as well as support healing. Currently the clinical team must use measuring tape to …

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

FEA study into ankle kinematics and traumatic injury to the talar dome

The HBI has been conducting research into talar dome morphology for the past several years. We have demonstrated links between tibial pilon fractures and talar dome injuries not previously identified in the literature. Current literature has reported only 3 cases of injury to the talar dome during a tibial pilon fracture.However, over the last 10 years at the RBWH, we have identified 58 cases. These injuries have been digitally mapped and combined to observe common fracture patterns. With extensive access …

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

Impact of on-street and off-street parking on traffic congestion in high-density urban areas

One of the potential benefits of parking reforms is the reduction of congestion in city streets due to the reduction of circulation caused by motorists searching for parking. However, there is minimal evidence in Australia and around the world to support this hypothesis.This project aims to improve the body of knowledge on congestion caused by circulation looking for parking within high-density urban areas.Data from driver surveys, traffic sensors and parking transactions will be used to determine the percentage of vehicles …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Lesion generator for training AI to analyse MRI

Detecting lesions from medical imaging is a difficult tasks for radiologists that is time consuming and subjective. Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques could outperform human but there is a lack of well characterised large datasets available for training.This project will focus on image processing techniques to create lesions on healthy scans that could be used for training machine learning methods. This work will fit the activity of a large team working on applying AI to medical imaging. …

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

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