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Forecasting disease spread risk based on human movement patterns

This project aims to forecast the risk of infectious disease spread, such as COVID-19 and dengue, based on human movement patterns. We'll use multiple data sources that describe people movement in order to understand individual and population level mobility patterns, and use empirical disease case data to model the effect of movement on the spread of disease.

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

Mathematical modelling of the mechanobiology during plaque growth

Plaque growth is a chronic inflammatory response induced by the interactions between vascular endothelial cells, lipids, monocytes/macrophages, vascular smooth muscle cells and platelets in the arteries. The mechanism involves interactions between the activities of cellular and acellular components in plaque microenvironment. Experimental studies have revealed the contributing roles of many different biological factors and processes, such as:lipid depositioninflammationangiogenesishaemorrhage.Due to the difficulties in experimental measurement and visualisation of the multiscale process, and the complex nature of the local environment, these complex …

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

Patient specific modelling of the human shoulder joint complex

Modern advanced manufacturing techniques have the potential to revolutionise the patient-specific orthopaedic implant space. Many of the existing orthopaedic joint replacements offer a modular design, allowing surgeons to select the size of each component to suit their patient.However in some joints, for example the shoulder, the conditions that lead to a shoulder replacement (osteoarthritis of the shoulder and rotator cuff tears) also create anatomical anomalies that are challenging to correct with generic implant shapes.The advent of titanium 3D printing provides …

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

3D scanning in scoliosis

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine which also affects surrounding structures such as the rib cage.Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is the development of a scoliotic curve in otherwise healthy adolescents. Teenagers with this condition undergo x-ray monitoring of their condition every 4-12 months for many years, which can have dramatic effects on their long-term cancer risk.In scoliosis, we believe there is a strong correlation between the externally visible anatomy of the torso and the internal anatomy of the spine and …

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

Developing models of failure for porous materials

The field of fracture mechanics effectively models failure of sharp flaws (e.g., cracks). However, when modelling porous materials we'd like to develop more of an understanding of how stresses are concentrated around smooth flaws in the material (i.e., rounded pores).In this project we'll start to build such an understanding, starting from simple U shaped notches.

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

A systematic review of economic modelling of negative externalities literature

Economic activity produces good and bad outputs. Whilst good output enhances quality of life, bad outputs generate negative externalities. Negative externalities can arise from, for example, pollution, noise and environmental degradation. Such production systems are inefficient, but continue to endure despite the costs.Economists (and social scientists) have begun to develop socio-economic models and use valuation techniques to understand the socio-economic issues related to negative externalities. However, such work remains scattered and the existing literature reveals that modelling techniques can be …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Economics and Finance

Conceptual modelling for data analytics

The project aims to investigate how conceptual modelling can be used to improve understanding of the data and help to select the best approach for predictive analytics.Such a thesis will involve field studies and empirical work to how conceptual modelling can use to ensure that relevant data are collected for the analysis and/or how conceptual modeling can be used to better understanding of the results of such analysis.

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

Topological control over cell behaviour for robust additive tissue biomanufacturing

Hospital departments are adopting medical imaging, modelling, and 3D printing to automate personalised implant manufacture and avoid malpractice related to surgical handcrafting. Although several 3D printed implants are approved for medical use, their therapeutic value remains limited as acellular devices with coarse resolution. The ability to print scaffold implants with cell microenvironment precision has been achieved using melt electrowriting (MEW), an emerging technique frequently applied to produce cell culture scaffolds.In contemporary MEW studies, the effect of materials or pore sizes …

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

Monte Carlo modelling in radiotherapy

Various research projects are available in the use of monte-carlo techniques in radiotherapy and medical imaging. These include:modelling radiotherapy linear acceleratorspatient dosimetric verification andin-vivo treatment verificationradiobiology and micro-dosimetry.Some of the widely available monte-carlo codes are used in our research group including TOPAS, EGSnrc, and PRIMO.

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

Experiment with multiple conceptual modelling scripts for systems analysis and design

System analysis and design mainly starts with graphical representations of relevant features of a real-world domain, such as data or process models, to improve communication and analysis of information systems.When a system is complex, multiple models are needed to capture different aspects of a system. Different conceptual models may develop using different grammars, methods, and tools.

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

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