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Laser light sensors that see through containers

Raman scattering has been used as a powerful 'fingerprinting' technique for more than 80 years, and is widely used by security and law enforcement for detecting hazardous threats. To better safeguard the community, QUT has developed a unique eye -safe laser Raman sensing system for detecting threats, that works at distance from a target (> 10 m) and operates in real time. Increasingly however, threats are being concealed in order to avoid detection. This project will investigate what range of …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Chemistry and Physics

Prove your location without using GPS

Contemporary location-based applications use GPS as the location source to prove the presence at a particular location or access location-based services. When devices connect to WiFi routers and cellular towers, one may prove that the devices were in a specific locality. However, this approach is not feasible due to privacy reasons as the cellular companies may not be willing to share a location proof for every user.Relying on a GPS is also not trustworthy because users can use apps such …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Distributed Computing in Highly Dynamic Environments

Distributed applications in the domain of bush fire monitoring and connected vehicles expect to operate in a highly dynamic environment with unpredictable mobility, computation, and communication patterns. This project aims to create an extreme distributed computing environment using our 20-node Raspberry Pi testbed, involving Bluetooth, WiFi, and mobile devices (Raspberry Pi or mobile phones).

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Investigate, design and develop a trusted data sharing and decision making platform for enterprise applications

Blockchain technology relies on a consensus protocol to agree on the state of the system through data. Existing consensus algorithms rely on pre-defined rules, which are used to verify whether the data is obeying all the rules. This model of consensus may be suitable for broad classes of distributed and multi-stakeholder applications. Still, it does not cover applications that require consensus among human operators in the enterprise setting. This project investigates the possibility of achieving consensus through lightweight mechanisms.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Energy-efficient blockchain using a variant of Python

Studies find that BitCoin will soon consume more power than the entirety of Australia. BitCoin’s energy consumption is nearing 200 terrawatt hours (TWh), while Australians consumed 192 TWh in 2020.Blockchain platforms such as BitCoin and Ethereum employ a Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus and blockchain management algorithm, which relies on a computationally expensive cryptographic puzzle. While PoW provides a strong security guarantee in a truly decentralised and public network, it comes at the cost of significant computation. This, unfortunately, does not provide …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Study the fairness of Search Engines

When we consume information through a search engine, we tend to select the top results most of the time. Search engine algorithms, on the other hand, are driven by advertisement revenue and popularity-enhancing click bots. This project aims to empirically evaluate the fairness of search engines by submitting a set of keywords to multiple search engines. In particular, the study should be carried out by changing the demographic location of the user using VPN services to see how the results …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Identification and functional characterisation of genetic modifiers of iron overload

Iron is an element essential for virtually all life forms; aberrant iron metabolism is linked to many diseases. These include cancers, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, iron overload and iron deficiency disorders, iron-loading anaemias, and the anaemia associated with chronic disease. Central to proper iron regulation is the appropriate expression and activity of the liver-expressed regulatory peptide, hepcidin, and the iron exporter, ferroportin (FPN). Modulating the expression and activity of hepcidin and FPN, and their interaction is …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences

Chronic toxoplasma gondii infection and degenerative diseases of the brain and retina

This project will test the central hypothesis that chronic Toxoplasma gondii infection contributes to degenerative diseases of the brain and retina. T. gondii is a protozoan parasite that is estimated to infect ~30% of the world’s population. The parasite invades the brain and retina, where it converts into a slowly-replicating form within a cyst. These cysts can remain latent (chronic infection) for the life of the individual without reactivation or causing clinical symptoms. However, there is increasing evidence from human …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences

Legal Approaches to Conservation Conflicts and Land-Use Conflicts

Conservation and land-use conflicts arise when people have different needs and interests concerning a protected area or land space. The management of these types of conflicts often has to broach disciplinary divides to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to the many complex and diverse issues that surround them, such as social justice, food production, biodiversity, the history of a place, and the attitudes and values of local stakeholders. The Law School invites students to express an interest in research …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

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