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Did COVID change our energy use patterns?

COVID has changed how many people's lives in profound ways. One aspect is how we work, study and use energy.This research project aims to answer two questions:Did energy use change for CBD, urban, suburbs and rural areas when we were experiencing lockdowns?If there were changes, how much has been changed and when the change happened, e.g time of a day, or day of a week?

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Architecture and Built Environment

Climate cooling or warming - study into Australian cities' long term temperature records

40% of global CO2 emission is related to buildings. Temperature is often a highly correlated factor for commercial/educational/healthcare building energy use and electricity peak demand.To forecast how temperature may change in the case of "business as usual" for the coming decades, we can study major Australian cities' long term temperature records.The two research questions for this project are:how did temperature change for Australian cities over the past 30 or more years?, e.g. for all capital cities and major regional centres.if …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Architecture and Built Environment

Optimising delivery of a novel nose-to-brain treatment for brain cancer

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive brain cancer with no curative treatment and poor prognosis. One of the biggest challenges with treating GBM is the inability of treatment to cross the blood-brain barrier resulting in poor drug distribution in the brain. Fortunately, scientists have recently developed a novel nose-to-brain delivery system that uses nanoparticles loaded with a chemotherapy drug called paclitaxel. Initial treatment investigations in vivo are showing significant promise in reducing and controlling the tumour burden. While exciting, before …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences

Participatory Visualisation of Smart City Data

This PhD project will be affiliated with FrontierSI and Value Australia and contribute to its goals and objectives around smart cities, digital twins, and automated land valuations. Although consumers contribute much of the data upon which these smart city technologies operate, its systems often remain opaque black boxes closed off to public understanding, scrutiny and control. There are also serious concerns around privacy and loss of autonomy.This PhD project addresses these issues by exploring new methods for the participatory visualisation …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Design
Research centre(s)

Design Lab

Computational communication and culture

The Computational Communication and Culture research program within the Digital Media Research Centre investigates how rapid advances in computation and human-machine communication are transforming society, through automation and AI, the Internet of Things, and disintermediating technologies such as blockchain. We draw on and extend computer science and critical humanities theory and methods (including agent-based modelling, machine vision, critical simulation, and information visualisation) to help explore and explain emergent phenomena in the digital media environment, including the fundamental transformation of communication …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Communication
Research centre(s)
Digital Media Research Centre

The digital social contract

The Digital Social Contract research program within the Digital Media Research Centre aims to create a more just and fair information society that promotes human flourishing. We examine future models of governance and recommend pragmatic policy changes that can improve regulatory regimes in the near term.Our research focuses on:promoting good governance and the protection of human rights in the regulation of digital technologiesimproving access to knowledge and culturedata civics (the management of data and analytics to enhance the common good).We …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)
Digital Media Research Centre

AI-Based Data Analysis on Multiple Imaging Modalities

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated CVD takes 17.9 million lives every year. In Australian, the statistical data from the Australia Heart Foundation shows CVD is a major cause of death in Australia. It occupies 26% of all deaths, responsible for an average 118 deaths every day. Four of the main types of CVD are coronary heart disease, strokes and transient ischaemic attack, peripheral …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

Hierarchical visualisation of large social networks

Networks have been extensively used to capture social interactions, by representing individuals as nodes and their relationships as edges.Such networks have been used to model the spread of epidemics. A few nodes are 'infected', and over time they gradually infect their neighbours on the network, who in turn infect their neighbours, etc. This type of model can then be used to simulate different intervention strategies aimed at containing outbreaks.However, an important limitation is the difficulty to visualise these networks when …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

Statistical methods for detecting Antarctic ecosystems from space

Satellite images are a frequent and free source of global data which can be used to effectively monitor the environment. We can see how the land is being used, how it’s being changed, what’s there – even where animals are in the landscape. Using these images is essential, particularly for regions where data is expensive to collect or difficult to physically access, like Antarctica. In Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, satellite images can be an easy and quick way to …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science
Centre for the Environment

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, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Conceptual modelling for data analytics

Conceptual modelling has been used to facilitate understanding and communication. However, traditional conceptual modelling techniques mainly focused on systems analysis and design, but how these techniques can be used to improve understandability of data analytics (as results of using of information systems) is not well understood.This research aims to use the representation theory and investigate how conceptual modelling can facilitate understanding data analytics.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Information Systems

Data governance for process mining

Data is the new asset for organisations. Due to technological developments, organisations are faced with insurmountable amount of data. Analysis of this data provides endless transformative opportunities and contributes to the organisation's strategic decision making. However, the challenge is to derive maximum value from data.Data governance refers to a collection of practices and processes that enables an organisation to manage its internal and external data. Data governance assists in formulation of a corporate wide program that assists in making data …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Information Systems

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