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A robot demonstrator for event cameras

Event cameras are bio-inspired sensors capable of providing a continuous stream of events with low latency, and high dynamic range. Opposed to capturing the whole scene at fixed time intervals like conventional cameras, each pixel in an event camera operates independently from the other pixels and responds to changes in the perceived brightness. Recently we proposed the use of event cameras for robot localization. However, the demonstration was limited to a static dataset. In this research project, you will have …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Robotics

Dynamic wireless transfer systems

There's a growing interest by many governments and industry sectors on dynamic wireless power transfer systems for electric vehicle charging. This means there's increased research intensity in this domain. However, there are numerous important issues that need to be addressed carefully, such as:load estimationsensorless vehicle position estimationrobust controlimproved power converter topologies.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics

Using catastrophe theory to prepare for global warming in Antarctica

According to dynamical systems theory, crises occur because couplings within a system (geophysical, ecological and social) create instabilities. Nonlinear feedbacks means that relatively small changes in circumstances can cause a rapid change to the system state. For example, a small increase in tourism visitors could lead to the invasion of a new species. Or, a gradual change in the average global temperature could lead to the collapse of Antarctic ice-shelves.In the coming decade, the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic are likely to …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for the Environment

Dynamics of partisanship and polarisation in online public debate

Polarisation presents an urgent challenge. It intensifies social conflicts, threatens economic prosperity, undermines public trust, and ultimately destabilises societies. Such instability can be exploited by domestic extremists or foreign influence campaigns to weaken sovereign states. Distracted by polarisation at home, nations also lose their influence in the international community. While Australia has been less affected, so far, than other leading democracies, our society is not immune to creeping polarisation, and we must understand the threats we face.This $3.5million, five-year ARC …

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

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

Molecular modelling and simulations of anionic molecules

Biomolecular recognition refers to the interaction between a macromolecule (usually a protein or a nucleic acid) and a target molecule. Most often obtaining 3D experimental data is not trivial at atomistic scale. Computational methods offer the possibility of precisely describing all types of ligand–macromolecule interactions and are therefore a promising avenue to obtain that information, to test or discard a large variety of hypotheses regarding molecular recognition, folding of proteins/peptides and/or to select, among the vast chemical space of potential …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Genomics and Personalised Health

Computational models for fractional dynamical system for Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES)

In recent years, fractional models have attracted considerable interest because of their ability to model many phenomena. This proposal aims to study novel numerical methods of fractional partial differential equations and application.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences

Contact line dynamics and healing liquid films

One of the more challenging aspects of modelling fluid dynamics is the contact-line problem: how does a contact line (a junction between two different fluids and a solid) move over time? A variety of models exist, such as disjoining pressure models, Navier slip models, and the imposition of a prewetting film, to name a few.In this project we will explore the behaviour of these different contact line models in the context of closing or healing liquid films. A hole in …

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

Image-based assessment of atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability: Towards a computational tool for early detection and prediction

Plaque characteristics and local haemodynamic/mechanical forces keep changing during plaque progression and rupture. Quantifying these changes and discovering the progression-stress correlation can improve our understanding of plaque progression/rupture. This will lead to a quantitative assessment tool for early detection of vulnerable plaques and prediction of possible ruptures. Our research project aims to combine medical imaging, computational modelling, phantom experiments and pathological analysis to investigate plaque progression and vulnerability to rupture in both animal models and patients with carotid stenosis. We …

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

Image-based computational model to predict intracranial aneurysm rupture

Intracranial aneurysms are bulging, weak areas of an artery that supply blood to the brain which are relatively common. While most aneurysms do not show symptoms, 1% spontaneously rupture which can be fatal or it can leave the survivor with permanent disabilities. This catastrophic outcome has motivated surgeons to operate on approximately 30% of aneurysms despite their rate of complications arising and cost of operation.The impact of aneurysm morphology on blood flow shear stress and rupture could educate surgical decision-making …

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

Carbonate Sediment dynamics from the Southern Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea

The southern extent of the modern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) marks the transition from tropical to subtropical ocean conditions. The shelf edge and upper slope in this vast area of the southern GBR were poorly mapped when compared to the north. Very little systematic multibeam seafloor mapping had been done in the southern GBR with most datasets collected opportunistically while in transit.New bathymetry, backscatter data, and sediments samples extend our understanding of eastern Australia’s palaeoshorelines and provide a basis for …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for the Environment

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

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