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Intelligent and automated exception handling strategies for robotic process automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a relatively new technology that uses small computer programs called bots to mimic the manual path taken by a human through a range of computer applications when performing certain tasks in a business process.The sequence of tasks that is mimicked by bots, referred to as a 'bot-flow', typically comprises of various computer-human interactions (such as mouse clicks and keyboard strokes) that need to be executed in a particular order to accomplish the tasks. Before a …

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Internet of Mobile Energy

The emergence of the two-way communication model and Distributed Energy Sources (DES) is transforming traditional power systems from largely centralised energy production to more decentralised and connected management systems. This is called the 'smart grid'.As the smart grid evolves, electric vehicles (EVs) are emerging as unconventional and highly-disruptive participants in the grid that can add significant benefit and flexibility. Notably, EV’s are equipped with a relatively high capacity battery that stores energy to power the vehicle.EV batteries, coupled with the …

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Intravascular optical coherence tomography imaging for vulnerable atheroma detection

The sudden rupture of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques and subsequent thrombosis formations are responsible for most acute vascular syndromes, such as myocardial infarction and stroke. Many victims who are apparently healthy die suddenly with no prior symptoms.Such deaths could be prevented through surgery or alternative medical therapy, if vulnerable plaques were identified earlier in their natural progression.While intravascular methods have been developed to visualize various features of vulnerable plaques, there is no single technique that can accurately predict plaque rupture in …

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Master of Philosophy
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Investigating the feasibility of a fluidised bed crystalliser for freeze desalination of wastewaters

Freeze desalination involves the cooling of water to sub-zero temperatures to form ice-crystals which exclude impurities from the crystal lattice.The process itself is considered to be more energy efficient than evaporative desalination due to the lower latent heat of fusion when compared to the latent heat of vaporisation.However, fouling due to ice crystal build-up on the cooling-surface of the crystalliser has hindered the commercial development and application of these technologies.One potential option for reducing fouling is in a fluidised bed …

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Investigating the mechanical properties of temperate, subtropical, and tropical fodder

There is strong, qualitative evidence that fodder crops produced in the tropics are 'tougher' and less nutritious than fodder crops produced in subtropical and temperate regions.However, tools that can quantify the mechanical properties of fodder crops, particularly those with direct relevance to feeding and nutrition, are lacking.

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Master of Philosophy
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Investigating the potential for sea spray aerosol to mitigate coral bleaching

Mass coral bleaching events over the past decade have heightened the need for research into techniques to enhance survival of the Great Barrier Reef.Applying sea spray aerosol directly over coral reefs during periods of increased bleaching stress could mitigate bleaching by both locally reducing sea surface temperatures and by reducing incoming incident solar radiation. These effects are referred to as solar radiation management and can be broken up into the direct scattering of incoming solar radiation and via the interaction …

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Investigating water uptake in commercial paint coatings using electrochemical methods

Monitoring the paint coating's breakdown is key to predicting the remaining service life of a coating. This ability will save companies significant costs over the life of an asset. One of the ways paint coatings deteriorate over time is by absorbing water, which is referred to as water uptake.The use of advance electrochemical techniques to monitor coating water uptake can provide information regarding the performance of a coating.

Key capabilities for digital transformation - a systematic literature review

Digital transformation and digitalisation are on top of the chief information officer's agenda. However, organisations embarking into these initiatives struggle to understand the nature of capabilities required for effective digital transformation.This project is a systematic literature review to collect, collate and synthesise high quality published material on digital capabilities and digital transformation. The outcomes are expected to document and categorise digital capabilities within different organisational contexts.

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Laboratory simulation of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) formation

This project aims to investigate the interaction of anthropogenic (human-made) emissions and biogenic emissions from plants and trees and subsequent secondary organic aerosol (SOA) production in urban environments. This is relevant as SOA is part of particulate matter (PM), which is associated with smog events in cities, affects the climate and has negative impacts on human health.SOA is formed in the atmosphere by complex reactions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of anthropogenic or biogenic origin with atmospheric oxidants (OH radicals, …

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Learning with agents and avatars in virtual reality

Immersive interfaces enhance learning experiences by placing learners into a specific, authentic-feeling context with multisensory experiences.Good games excel at teaching players the skills required to play the game. Players are then tested on the comprehension and application of these skills playfully yet systematically in such authentic contexts.Gameful design is the process of applying the principles that makes games engaging and motivating to non-game settings.This project will explore:relevant theories and principles as a lens to apply game design principles into virtual …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Lifelong semantic mapping of large scale environments

When building a map of objects inside a real environment, this map can become quickly outdated as objects are moved around over time. This is especially true when the map is on the scale of a house, warehouse or a city.This PhD project investigates new methods for keeping a high-resolution semantic map up-to-date using partial, and possibly low-resolution, snapshots. These environment snapshots can be captured by sensors mounted on moving agents, such as vehicles and mobile robots. …

Machine learning for wildlife monitoring

This project will investigate methods to monitor wildlife using machine learning applied to aerial imagery.While it's highly desirable to use drones and aerial footage to monitor wildlife, there are substantial challenges created by the nature of the data and target wildlife.This, combined with the vast nature of any collected aerial data, makes manual analysis difficult. This challenge motivates the development of machine learning methods to automatically process data and perform tasks, such as:detecting target animalscounting herd animalsclassifying land useassessing environment …

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