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Machine learning in a very different future

Machine learning aims to make predictions about novel data based on associations and relationships from past data. This approach rests on the assumption that the past is representative of the future.We're exploring how statistical machine learning might be used knowing that aspects of the future are likely to be fundamentally different to the past that generated the historical training data.Our aim is to is to look for fruitful ways to couple simulation and inference so that we can take advantage …

Macromolecular barcoding for tracing plastic materials for the circular economy – a game changer for recycling

Plastic waste reduction and management is perhaps the most critical challenge facing modern economies, and plastic pollution cannot be resolved by generic approaches to research or to problem-solving.QUT's Soft Matter Materials Team aims to resolve the anonymity and ubiquity of plastics by pioneering a simple optical readout system that can identify the uniquely coded information in macromolecules that have been embedded in plastics.You will be part of this dynamic team led by ARC Laureate Fellow, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, from QUT’s Centre …

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Manufacturing hydrogels

Hydrogels are a class of material that are heavily investigated for applications in tissue engineering, as they are biocompatible and have similar mechanical properties with human tissues.Recently, research in hydrogel electronics have been on the rise because of potential applications in biointerface electronics, which are critical for electronics that can directly interface with human tissues. Their applications include brain stimulation, muscle stimulation, neuron stimulation and picking up signals from human cells and nerves.Conductive hydrogels are highly desirable for applications in …

Materials discovery and design from quantum mechanics-based computational approaches

Understanding novel physics in nanoscale materials is critical for the development of modern electronics technology.However, such delicate materials are difficult to manipulate and characterize experimentally because of their tiny size. This raises the conundrum of how to proceed forward quickly with exploration and subsequently design of properties.In principle, materials properties are determined by the electronic structure. Quantum mechanics based computational approaches are able to address fundamental electronic, optical and magnetic properties in such materials.This provides a powerful complement to the …

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Mathematical modelling of the mechanobiology during plaque growth

Plaque growth is a chronic inflammatory response induced by the interactions between vascular endothelial cells, lipids, monocytes/macrophages, vascular smooth muscle cells and platelets in the arteries. The mechanism involves interactions between the activities of cellular and acellular components in plaque microenvironment. Experimental studies have revealed the contributing roles of many different biological factors and processes, such as:lipid depositioninflammationangiogenesishaemorrhage.Due to the difficulties in experimental measurement and visualisation of the multiscale process, and the complex nature of the local environment, these complex …

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Master of Philosophy
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Mathematical theory of human cognitive limits

The human brain has a proven ability to solve difficult problems. However, recent research in economics and psychology has revealed limits to human cognition. This includes situations where the assumption of an optimal Homo economicus has proven to be incorrect.Psychologists have called these issues 'cognitive biases' – situations where the human brain makes consistent and particular mistakes. They have spent a lot of time listing them, and testing them to make sure they are real. There are now dozens of …

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Master of Philosophy
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Maxwell's Demon revisited: Molecular simulations as a statistical physics learning tool

In his 1871 'Theory of Heat', James Clerk Maxwell introduced a fictitious being who can violate the second law of thermodynamics by following the trajectory of every molecule within a gas.The being, later dubbed 'Maxwell's Demon' by Lord Kelvin, would operate a small trapdoor in a partitioned container to allow hotter and colder molecules of the gas to pass to opposite sides of the container. The Demon would be able to raise the temperature of the gas in one half …

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Master of Philosophy
Honours
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Medical selfies and patient generated health data

Smartphones and wearable technologies provide exciting opportunities for patients and health professionals to transform healthcare.Patients can benefit from photos (“medical selfies”) taken on their smartphone to record a condition that they want to discuss with a health professional. Wearable devices allow patients to semi-automatically collect data about their physical activity, sleep, mood, diet, etc.This data can help patients to better understand a health concern, its underlying causes and the impact of treatments.Clinicians, on the other hand, can benefit from medical …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Metal polymer batteries and supercapacitors for renewable energy storage

Australia boasts rich wind and solar energy resources. To avoid fluctuations placing severe burden on the power grids, a reliable and efficient battery storage is required.The present technology based on lithium-ion batteries suffers from high manufacturing costs, poor safety and short life-span. Metal-polymer batteries are expected to overcome the storage and the charging speed of the traditional batteries in the near future, opening new avenues for renewable energy resources …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Microbial colonisation of the insoluble components of low- and high-quality fodder

The nutritional quality of fodders, a type of animal feed, varies widely. It's not clear whether the mechanism by which microorganisms in the rumen break down the fibre in low-quality, medium-quality, and high-quality fodders also varies.

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Microbial electrolysis

Microbial electrolysis has been shown to produce hydrogen in substantial amounts, which in turn can be utilised as a carbon-neutral source of energy. However, it is cost-prohibiting to use reagent-grade chemicals as a carbon source for this process. Therefore, low-cost sustainable alternatives are needed. …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Mitigating vehicular crashes into masonry structures using innovative damping technologies at wall edges

With population increases in major cities accompanied by increase in vehicles on road and waterways, structures such as columns in buildings and bridges as well as walls in buildings that are adjacent to the roads or waterways become vulnerable to vehicular crashes. These impacts cause damage or failure to the structure and injuries/deaths to passengers and users of the structure.This project will evaluate the vulnerability of one of those structures to credible vehicular crash and the effects of controlling parameters. …

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