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Controlling a surgical robot using visual feedback

Performing surgery is a difficult task that pushes surgeons to their mental and physical limits.Automation has been able to successfully reduce the burden on human workers in other industries (e.g. manufacturing) and is expected to be able to do the same for surgeons.Surgical robots are different from most industrial robots as they must be made in a way that makes them able to safely interact with a patient during surgery, which means that the typical methods of automation cannot be …

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

Extracting insights from text using deep learning

Concept Inventories (CIs) have been developed to assess students' understanding of the main concepts in a study area. They typically consist of a set of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). What is unique about these CIs that, in addition to the correct answer, they are designed, through a very thorough and collaborative process, to include a number of distractors that represent commonly observed conceptual misunderstandings. The ease of marking MCQs has made them an attractive method for use in concept inventories. …

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

Predicting universtiy class-sizes with monte-carlo simulation

Accurately predicting the number of students likely to enrol in particular units is important for universities to construct timetables and determine workload allocations for academic staff.By the time that student numbers are confirmed for a unit, timetabling has been close to finalised and workload allocations already determined. Therefore, mismatch between predicted and allocated unit enrolments leads to sub-optimal timetabling and workload allocation.This project aims to develop and evaluate a methodology to provide some analytical rigor to a process that has …

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

Machine learning using light fields for depth field generation

Light field cameras are cameras that capture both the angular and spatial information of rays in a scene in a single shot. This means that the light field can be used to calculate depth information of a scene. Current state-of-the-art light field depth calculation techniques are slow and computationally expensive and so are not suitable for most robotics applications. Machine learning approaches have been used in many areas of computer vision to increase the speed and robustness of various algorithms …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
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

Designing an efficient interface for developing conceptual questions

Concept Inventories (CIs) have been developed to assess students' understanding of the main concepts in a study area. They typically consist of a set of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). What is unique about these CIs that, in addition to the correct answer, they are designed, through a very thorough and collaborative process, to include a number of distractors that represent commonly observed conceptual misunderstandings.The ease of marking MCQs has made them an attractive method for use in concept inventories. However, …

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

GUI-based monitoring and control of a surgical robot

The Medical and Healthcare Robotics Group at QUT is currently researching on vision-guided robotic devices to assist surgeons in performing better and safer surgeries.Within our group, a number of software tools for monitoring and controlling a surgical robot are available. However an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) is missing.Such an interface would allow surgeons and engineers to easily command predefined functions of the surgical system. Furthermore, during current trials on cadavers such a graphical interface is likely to improve both …

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

Control of a robot using inverse kinematics

The Medical and Healthcare Robotics Group at QUT is currently researching on vision-guided robotic devices to assist surgeons in performing better and safer surgeries.The tool center point (TCP) of a robot is the point in relation to which all robot positioning is defined. This point is typically placed at the robot's end-effector to specify its motion is space. For surgical operations the location of the TCP needs to be changed regularly to facilitate the robot's approach to delicate organs.In particular, …

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

Controlling a surgical robot using a game controller

Many surgical robots, such as the da Vinci robot, are controlled by an operator using complex teleoperation devices. These devices are designed to be easy for a trained surgeon to use, but are not very intuitive for a novice operator.There has been much research recently that suggests that people with gaming experience will be better at controlling surgical robots than surgeons due to having more experience controlling objects via a screen. However, having to learn how to use the current …

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

Observer-based force sensing using a surgical robot

Performing surgery is a difficult task that pushes surgeons to their mental and physical limits. Automation has been able to successfully reduce the burden on human workers in other industries (e.g. manufacturing) and is expected to be able to do the same for surgeons. Surgical robots are different from most industrial robots as they must be made in a way that makes them able to safely interact with a patient during surgery, which means that the typical methods of automation …

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

Programming polymers

Radical polymerisations play a key role in both commercial and fundamental research with it being in 45% of international polymer production at 100 million tons per year.However, radical polymerizations still suffer from synthetic drawbacks like all-carbon polymer backbones, which largely prevent their (bio)degradability.In this project, we will develop novel polymers which can be programmed towards a controlled degradability. Towards this goal, you will develop a polymerization technique that allows to incorporate small natural building blocks (i.e. peptides) into synthetic polymers. …

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

Optimal sampling and control of spatial populations in real time

Note: There is a top-up scholarship funded by CSIRO available for this project for one PhD student who holds a QUT scholarship, an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship, or some similar scholarship. This top-up provides additional stipend ($7,000 per annum) and generous support costs (including travel).Animals do not follow simple paths when they move through heterogeneous landscapes, so modelling and managing their populations is a complex mathematical problem. In order to optimise planning of population management, we must …

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

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