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Mitigating vehicular crashes into masonry structures using innovative materials technologies at impact zone

Our structures are normally not designed for random and extreme loadings such a vehicular impacts. Buildings and their columns at road frontages and bridge piers are vulnerable to vehicular impacts which result in extensive property damage, harm to people and disruption of normal lives.This project will consider the use of new materials technology and advanced modelling techniques to design critical members of buildings and bridges, or to retrofit existing vulnerable walls and columns in order to mitigate the adverse effects …

Molecular simulation of rotational diffusion in ideal liquids

Rotational tumbling of molecules in a liquid is an important phenomenon in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) because it determines the spin-relaxation rates of the resident nuclei which can determine MRI contrast.For a relatively simple molecular process, the theoretical description of rotational motion of molecules in liquids remains controversial. The most commonly used model, the Debye model, assumes that:the rotational diffusion propagator of a tumbling molecule is a solution of the diffusion equation on a spherical surfacethis solution is described by …

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Master of Philosophy
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Monte Carlo modelling in radiotherapy

Various research projects are available in the use of monte-carlo techniques in radiotherapy and medical imaging. These include:modelling radiotherapy linear acceleratorspatient dosimetric verification andin-vivo treatment verificationradiobiology and micro-dosimetry.Some of the widely available monte-carlo codes are used in our research group including TOPAS, EGSnrc, and PRIMO.

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Master of Philosophy
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Moving boundary problems in mathematical biology

Invasion of biological cells or ecological populations involves moving fronts that invade into previously unoccupied regions of space. Such moving fronts are driven by a combination of motility, such as random diffusion, and proliferation, such as logistic growth. Understanding how best to model such invasive fronts is important as moving fronts of cells are associated with wound healing and cancer progression and moving fronts in ecology are associated with the spreading of weeds and invasive species.Previously both continuum and discrete …

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Master of Philosophy
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Moving to see: can a robot learn to avoid occlusions in unstructured and unmodelled environments?

This research is focused on robotic grasping and agricultural robotics.

Multi-microbial 3D printing for screening microbiome functions

The ability to 3D print bacteria has relevance to a wide range of applications, ranging from developing novel anti-microbial modalities to probiotics for promoting human health.Traditional culture techniques used in microbiology such as agar plates and suspension cultures have limited spatio-temporal control over the bacteria microenvironment as well as their interaction partners - in particular, mammalian host cells. This project aims to bridge this technological gap by combining 3D printing and microfluidics technologies to spatially control the localisation of multiple …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy

MyFootCare - designing technology with people with diabetic foot ulcers

Every day in Australia:50,000 people are suffering with a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU)1,000 are in hospital because of a DFU12 will undergo an amputationfour people will die with a DFU.A key challenge to healing DFUs is effectively engaging people in their independent self-care away from the clinic. To date, self-care of people with DFU has been reported to be universally low. This project seeks to address the challenge of low adherence to self-care amongst patients with DFUs.The main innovation of …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Neuroscience-based algorithms for robotics and autonomous vehicles

Increasingly, researchers are looking to neuroscience and the brain for inspiration in how they design their deep learning network architectures for robotics and artificial intelligence tasks.This project will design innovative new neural network-based learning approaches to make breakthroughs in robotic and autonomous vehicle capabilities in:sensingscene understandingvisual place recognitionnavigationSimultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM)other key capabilities.In doing so you will gain invaluable experience and skills in one of the most exciting fields in the world today, along with opportunities for international travel …

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Master of Philosophy
Honours
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New 2D heterostructures on silicon carbide for two dimensional electronics

Graphene has attracted a great deal of interest due to its remarkable electronic, optical and mechanical properties. However the absence of a bandgap limits its use in many applications.Future applications in nanoelectronics will depend critically on the development of novel approaches to introduce a bandgap while preserving carrier mobility. An example includes stacking graphene with other two-dimensional (2D) materials with complementary properties.This project will look at systematically refining the integration of different 2D materials with graphene grown epitaxially on silicon …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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New mathematical and computational techniques for partial differential equations in heterogeneous media

Mathematical models involving both partial differential equations (PDEs) and heterogeneous media are useful for simulating many important physical processes. This includes:groundwater flowpollutant transportheat transferdrug deliverytumour growth.This project focuses on developing new mathematical and computational techniques to solve, simulate and/or analyse PDEs in heterogeneous media.

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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New molecules to treat disease

High levels of oxidative stress are associated with a number of diseases (cancer, Alzheimer's disease, inflammatory disorders, cardiovascular disease) including infectious diseases caused by pathogenic organisms (bacteria, fungi and their associated biofilms).This project aims to design and prepare new small molecules to regulate and track oxidative stress in various disease states.

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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Novel heterogeneous Fenton catalysts for wastewater treatment and reuse

The shortage of freshwater supply in many areas in Australia makes reusing wastewater highly necessary, and proper treatment of wastewater at reasonable costs is critical for the industrial sustainability.For example, the food and beverage processing industry is Australia’s largest manufacturing industry in terms of both financial contribution and employment. This industry consumes massive amounts of freshwater and produces a large quantity of wastewater containing various organic contaminants.Currently, a range of pre-treatment techniques including dissolved air flotation, bioreactor and conventional Fenton …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy

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