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Designing efficient sampling algorithms for ensemble ecosystem modelling

This project seeks to use a combination of matrix algebra and advanced Monte Carlo methods for rare-event simulation to identify efficient algorithms for ensemble ecosystem modelling in large ecosystems. This project has the potential to significantly change the methods that researchers useto investigate complex ecosystems for the purposes of environmental management and future predictions.Ensemble ecosystem modelling (EEM) is a novel and increasingly popular method for generating predictions of future species abundance in complex ecosystems represented by generalisations of the Lotka-Volterra …

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

Designing future magnetic materials

Low-dimensional and atomically-thin magnets host a myriad of exotic magnetic states. As such, they are excellent candidates for memory and logic devices in future technologies.However, the atomic structures needed to realise these states are still not well understood.For this reason, theoretical investigations of the electronic and magnetic properties of these materials are crucial to engineer functional magnetic materials in the future.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Design, Simulation and Implementation of a Reliable PV Fault Detection Technique

Faults in any elements such as modules, lines, DC-DC converters and DC-AC inverters of photovoltaic (PV) systems can impact the reliability of the system and exacerbate the efficiency. Some other faults such as ground-fault might lead to significant issues such as the risk of fire. Therefore, it is crucial to investigate and detect the faults in the PV system and prescribe the appropriate actions.The supervisory team is looking for passionate students who are keen to conduct an overarching review and …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Designing smart visual technologies with people with intellectual disability

This research is part of a Future Fellowship project funded by the Australian Research Council. You will join a team of researchers and research students in the school of computer science, with expertise in the disciplines of human computer interactions and data science.In broad terms, the project is seeking to understand how the meaning of images can be computed and used in the design of intelligent interfaces which can be used by and support people with intellectual disability.The visual interactions …

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

Designing active play technologies with families

The aim of this project is to design and study digital technologies that enable and support active play in families with young children.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. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many playgrounds, childcare facilities, and sports clubs are closed, which means that families look for alternatives to stay active.In this project you'll explore:how parents …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Bushfire design of residential buildings

This project aims to investigate the bushfire performance of residential buildings in the bushfire prone areas of Australia. This includes a detailed review of:bushfire characteristicsradiant and convective heat ratestype of materials used to construct bushfire safe housesstructural and fire performance of external wall and roof panelsstructural design requirementstesting procedures.This comprehensive review will contribute towards developing conceptual models and design methods of external wall and roof systems for residential buildings in bushfire zones.

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

Rhythm & Movement for Self-Regulation in early childhood: digital design and research translation

Rhythm & Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) is a program developed by registered music therapists, and early childhood specialists, that teachers all adults working with young children to engage in rhythmic movement activities known to build brain architecture that supports self-regulation. Essentially, RAMSR seeks to bring the brain-building benefits associated with learning music to the masses in early childhood.In 2016 and 2020, RAMSR studies showed the program was indeed effective in stimulating growth in attentional, emotional, and behavioural regulation for young …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education

Computational methods for multi-scale structural optimisation

Structural optimisation is a powerful computational methodology for finding high-performing designs for structural components or material architectures. For example, what periodic scaffold would provide the highest possible stiffness for its weight?Solving such a problem computationally requires an understanding of the relevant equations required to model the physical properties of interest, as well as efficient implementation of a range of numerical methods including finite elements, finite differences and optimisation.With recent developments in 3D printing technologies it is now becoming possible to …

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

Developing ANSYS multibody dynamics for application to problems in vehicle design

Vehicles experience a wide range of dynamically changing forces throughout driving. Race cars, especially, undergo extremely large loads during a race, and accounting for those loads in the design and analysis of all components is critical. Specialised vehicle dynamics software is often used to model such forces, while Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a common approach to analyse components.The ANSYS software package provides an additional Multibody Dynamics module that enables the combination of rigid and flexible parts to be modelled …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Interaction design for enhanced science communication and citizen science

Science communication is typically done by scientists, but interaction designers and artists have the capacity to create for people's engagement. Technology and design for active engagement, such as embodied interaction design, can leverage people's understanding and engage them in more effective and sustainable behaviours. For example, invasive mosquitoes are one area of citizen science that poses significant risk to our environment and health in SEQ yet is little understood by the general population. Mosquito borne disease is a major killer …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Design

Interactive art

This suggested practice-based research project seeks, overall, to ask how interactive art engages audiences, how it is created and, depending on the applicant's interest and expertise, how it might be a collaborative effort between artist and technologist.ituated within the nascent area of interactive art, contributing new understandings and research into the form and design of interactive art works; and new insights into audience experience of interactive art.The project can engage with themes and theories in its exploration of interactive art …

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

Design Lab

Bio-inspired design to create strong and toughness composites

A fundamental challenge to materials design for mechanical capability is to attain both strength and toughness at the same time in one body. Conventional metallic materials generally have relatively large plasticity due to having massive population of microstructural defects and effective plastic deformation mechanism, which have long been exploited for fabricating flaw tolerant (toughness) materials for structural applications. By the same token theseStructural defects render the materials relatively low strength, thus low load-bearing capability. In contrast, ceramics and intermetallic compounds …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

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