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Looking for koalas with drones: project 1

Koalas are an iconic and economically important species for Australia. Threats to koalas have reduced numbers drastically over the past 20 years, and while these threats continue, koala numbers will continue to decline in Queensland and NSW. In this project, you will explore issues related to the better detection of koalas using advanced technologies such as drones.

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

The insufficient informativeness of measurements in Bayesian detection problems

Shiryaev's Bayesian Quickest Change Detection (QCD) problem is to detect a change in the statistical problems of an observed process. This is an important signal processing problem with application in a diverse range of areas including:automatic controlquality controlstatisticstarget detection and more.Recently a critical deficiency in Shiryaev's QCD problem has been identified to occur due to the insufficient informativeness of measurement in low signal-to-noise (SNR) to overcome geometric prior assumption on the change event.Essentially, these deficiencies arise due to the non-ergodic …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Improving quality of diffusion MRI: detection of motion artefacts

Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can provide valuable insight into microstructural properties of the brain white matter in health and disease. However, obtaining high-quality diffusion MRI data is challenging because of relatively long acquisition times and the patients’ inability to remain still for this length of time. Diffusion MRI data is particularly prone to artefacts caused by motion due to head movement and cardiac pulsation. These artefacts need to be detected and corrected to provide accurate measures of microstructure.In this …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Detecting land management change

We know that agricultural practices are changing due to climate change and other factors. We would like to map this change using remote sensing so that we can see, for example, are famers planting crops earlier or later in the season.

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

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
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Research acoustic indices for detecting species and capturing soundscapes

The Ecoacoustics Lab at QUT is researching how the collection and analysis of sound by autonomous audio recorders can scale biodiversity monitoring: www.ecosounds.org. Our research concerns the analysis of big audio data for answering ecological questions, for example to monitoring species and biodiversity. The large sound collections we capture are called soundscapes. We have developed novels ways to summarise sound using indices – statistical summaries of sound.More informationEcosounds: Long duration recordings of the environmentABC Catalyst interview: Soundscape …

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

Culture and corruption risks in local government: the role of technology in detecting fraud

A recent investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission found serious fraud and corruption across a number of Queensland city councils. This included inappropriate relationships between the Council and the private sector, in particular property developers and improper use of power and influence for personal benefit by elected councilors.This project investigates how council employees and councillors avoid detection under existing accounting controls, and how they can be strengthened. We will focus on the latest technologies for detecting financial misconduct and …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

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