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Ruminant digestion of temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical fodders

The nutritional value of fodder, a type of animal feed, varies depending on the climate in which it is produced (i.e., temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical). The reasons for these differences has not been fully explained.

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

Microbial colonisation of the insoluble components of low- and high-quality fodder

The nutritional quality of fodders, a type of animal feed, varies widely. It is not clear whether the mechanism by which microorganisms in the rumen break down the fibre inside of low-quality, medium-quality and high-quality fodders also varies.

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

Accurately and efficiently fitting surfaces to measured data

Many problems in applied mathematics require the reconstruction or extrapolation of a surface based on (limited) measured data points on the surface.An example of this includes reconstructing physical surfaces from information in photographic, point scanner or medical imaging data. Less obvious examples include extending a mathematical surface defined only locally to something defined globally: this has application in modelling moving interfaces in fluids.With these problems it's important to consider how to accurately and efficiently calculate the surface and how to …

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

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

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