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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Summer VRES Program

OpportunityFour Summer VRES positions specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander QUT Business School students working on an immersive research project. This research will allow students to better understand the role of research and its role as an effective approach to developing solutions to complex problems.Key details$2,000.00 honorariumflexible-delivery under academic supervision (set your own days)independent or group-based delivery experience80-100 hoursno prior research experience requiredKey Benefitswork closely with academics and the QUT Business School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Groupprofessional …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Management

Taxonomy of data science methods

To reap the benefits of data science it's necessary to be able to pair real world data problems with data science methods.In this project we'll begin to map out the key methods, their benefits and drawbacks, and suitability of each given some initial problem statements.

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

Metabarcoding analysis of microbiota in pasture grasses

Pasture dieback has afflicted a wide range of grasses across Queensland and New South Wales, causing immense economic damage.To help better understand this dieback, you will analyse the microbiome of grasses from field plots and controlled laboratory experiments using 16S amplicon metabarcoding.You will work as part of a larger team studying pasture dieback at QUT.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Small, high efficiency, low cost appliance UPS

An existing household Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) constitutes a large investment which may require approval and certainly requires professional installation. In contrast, a consumer Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is relatively low cost and can be installed by the householder "in-line" with a computer. However, these low cost UPS are often not efficient, and are not designed for "cycling", and often only have sufficient back-up time to allow the safe shut down of the attached computer.An efficient, larger capacity UPS …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Understanding the external surface of fungal mycelia

The way in which fungal cultures grow in liquid cultures are can have a major impact on scale up and producing material. Here, we will examine the growth of three fast-growing filamentous fungi and try understand how various growth parameters affect the morphology that will range from loose mycelia to compact pellets.Fungal morphology is affected by inoculum (form, concentration and growth stage), media components (type and concentration of carbon, nitrogen and phosphate, trace minerals, pH, salt content), dissolved gases (dissolved …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Diffusion and first passage times in random media

Diffusion in homogenous environments is relatively well understood, but the problem becomes more complicated in complex environments - such as wood tissue, cells, filters and catalysts. At QUT there is extensive expertise in using advanced numerical methods to model diffusions and first passage times in complex environments.The ability to combine this expertise with realistic models of random media based on level-sets of Gaussian random field.

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

Hydroponic mushroom production

Lions mane strains are capable of producing very small fruiting bodies (mushrooms) in static liquid culture. In this project we will try establish parameters and conditions that favour mushroom synthesis on a liquid surface. If we can understand how and why this species produces mushrooms on a liquid surface – we may be able to target genes that could improve yields and tendency to grow hydroponically.'Hericium erinaceum (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. is an edible fungus of great significance in medicine. It …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Australian Ganoderma species for the production of bioactive metabolites and new functional materials synthesis

Fungi are essential components of all ecosystems in roles including symbiotic partners, decomposers and nutrient cyclers and as a source of food for vertebrates and invertebrates. While vital to soil health and organic matter turnover, fungi have great potential in sustainable design and medicine.Ganoderma strains in particular produce bioactive compounds and display growth characteristics that favour their use in medical and applied biotechnology. Some species produce triterpenoids, such as ganoderic acids, and have been used in traditional Asian medicine for …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Aggressive lane change and cornering detection in the connected vehicle environment

BackgroundSoon, vehicles equipped with Cooperative Vehicle Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) will be on Australian roads. C-ITS will enable several safety functions (use cases) which are expected to improve road safety. After-market products C-ITS based has the advantage of being a feasible solution for existing vehicles with outdated technologies, which might be the origin of the road safety problems. Moreover, C-ITS data enables real-time evaluation of driver behaviour which can be used in several applications such as driver assistance and early …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science

Decision modelling in blockchain adoption and environmental implications

Due to the decentralised and immutable nature of distributed ledger systems, blockchain has become a critical priority for organisations across the world. The global blockchain market is expected to grow from $1.57 billion in 2018 to $162.84 billion by 2027.From an ecological perspective, blockchain has raised environmental concerns due to increasing computational power that is required to operate energy-intensive consensus mechanisms. However, it also has the potential to help promote renewable energy through a variety of blockchain-based use cases such …

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

Decision modelling to overcome intergenerational discounting

This project aims to address a key obstacle to climate action: intergenerational discounting, a phenomenon that explains the tendency for people to prefer smaller benefits for themselves now, rather than larger benefits for future generations. Intergenerational discounting becomes even more problematic due to a growing global population and increasingly intensive use of natural resources.In this project, we follow the design science approach and aim to establish design principles necessary for decision modelling to overcome intergenerational discounting and achieve genuine and …

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

Electrothermal film heaters

Flexible electrothermal heaters have attracted a growing interest because of their broad applications in wearable electronics, including warming garments, and as flexural warmers for medical devices and vehicles. Traditional electrothermal materials such as ferro chromium (FeCr)-based alloys have disadvantages such as heavy weight, rigidity and low heating efficiency. Indium tin oxide (ITO) is widely used in commercial products due to its high transparency and high electrical conductivity. However, the finite reserve of indium has resulted in an increasing price of …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Chemistry and Physics

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