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Patient-specific modelling of atherosclerosis

Rupture of atherosclerotic plaques without warning is responsible for most acute cardiovascular syndromes such as heart attack and stroke, and many victims who are apparently healthy die suddenly without prior symptoms. Such deaths could be prevented by surgery or alternative medical therapy if vulnerable plaques were identified earlier in their natural history. New diagnostic screening methods are urgently needed to assess plaque vulnerability to avoid such acute events.

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

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

Wire detection using computer vision for the application of electric wire following by drones for inspection purposes.

We are looking to develop a system that where drones can detect wires using computer vision.We expect this technology to be applied to drones that can follow electrical wires for inspection purposes.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

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
Science and Engineering Faculty

3D Printing composite scaffolds for ear cartilage

Depending on your background, we will develop a specific project aim that relates to components of this larger project. Your research activities could involve one or more of the following:3D modelling of scaffolds using participant scans3D printing scaffolds using our in-house 3D printersMechanical testing of scaffoldsIn-vitro cell culture work

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

3D printing of testicular prostheses

Testicular prostheses are implanted in men after surgery for testicular cancer or with congenital birth abnormalities.Current prostheses have issues with leakage or rupture as they contain silicone gel or saline to replicate the texture of a testicle. Others use solid silicone polymer and are too rigid which decreases patient satisfaction.There is a need to create testicular prosthesis that do not contain silicone or liquid and possess similar consistency to native tissue.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Designing technology to promote physical activity in families with young children

The aim of this project is to engage with families with young children to design technologies that promote physical activity spread across the day. To promote healthy growth and development, children aged 1-5 years should be physically active for at least three hours each day. This may include running, jumping and playful activities. In this project we will explore how parents currently promote an active lifestyle, the technologies that they use, and the obstacles they may face to find the …

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

Wide field-of-view vision-based aircraft detection

Small-to-medium-sized fixed-wing unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV) have an incredible range of potential applications in civilian operations including:disaster assessmentsearch-and-rescueenvironmental and infrastructure monitoringremote sensing in agricultureproduct delivery.The national airspace is heavily regulated with strict rules and safety layers designed to mitigate the risk of mid-air collisions. The final safety layer corresponds to human pilots using their eyes and judgment to see and avoid potential mid-air collision threats.Sense and avoid (SAA) refers to the implied regulatory requirement that UAVs be capable of sensing …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Precursors of atmospheric aerosols in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica

Aerosols are tiny liquid or solid particles suspended in air. They have a significant role in the radiative balance through their direct interaction with incoming solar radiation (scattering and absorption) , and indirectly through their interactions with cloud (they act as seeds on which water can condense to form clouds). Indirect effect is a much more complex problem, and involves the role of aerosols in the cloud formation and the modification of their properties such as changes to cloud reflectivity, …

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

How does synthetic fertiliser application influence nitrogen mineralisation dynamics of organic amendments?

Optimising how much organic amendment, such as compost, is applied to agricultural soils is one of the most promising and practical ways to reduce nitrogen (N) being released into the environment while also maintaining economically-adequate crop production.The application of organic amendments alone often do not have the capability to meet crop needs due to the timing of N release being uncontrollable over time. Because of this N synthetic fertiliser is needed in conventional farming systems to meet perceived production needs.Accounting …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

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