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Designing smart visual technologies with people with intellectual disability

This research is part of a Future Fellowship project funded by the Australian Research Council. You will join a team of researchers and research students in the school of computer science, with expertise in the disciplines of human computer interactions and data science.In broad terms, the project is seeking to understand how the meaning of images can be computed and used in the design of intelligent interfaces which can be used by and support people with intellectual disability.The visual interactions …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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Develop point-of-care microfluidic technologies for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases

Excessive clotting (thrombosis) leads to the cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke, killing one Australian every 12 minutes. It has long been recognized that platelets play a central role in thrombosis and are unique in their ability to form stable adhesive interactions under conditions of rapid blood flow.We've recently discovered a new ‘biomechanical’ prothrombotic mechanism that highlights the remarkable platelet sensitivity to the shear stress gradients of blood flow disturbance. Importantly, we've found that current anti-thrombotic drugs, such …

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Master of Philosophy
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Developing models of failure for porous materials

The field of fracture mechanics effectively models failure of sharp flaws (e.g., cracks). However, when modelling porous materials we'd like to develop more of an understanding of how stresses are concentrated around smooth flaws in the material (i.e., rounded pores).In this project we'll start to build such an understanding, starting from simple U shaped notches.

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Honours
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Developing next-generation mass spectrometry imaging with isomer resolution

Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is a rapidly emerging technology for mapping molecular distributions within biological samples.This project will bring together market-leading MSI instrumentation from an industry partner, Waters Corporation, with unique technologies developed at QUT to develop an integrated MSI-platform capable of achieving high mass-resolution and spatial-resolution, as well as discrimination of lipid isomers.Resolution of lipid isomers using this instrumentation will afford researchers a first glimpse of isomer-resolved images that will be used to visualise tissue-specific changes resulting from underlying …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Developing optimal management approaches to sustain the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is under significant threat from climate change.There are many options for management approaches to help sustain the reef, and many more are being developed. However, optimally planning these management actions is a difficult mathematical problem as they need to deploy over a large scale. This results in long timeframes for developing and executing these actions.This project will involve adapting the Modern Portfolio Theory to develop optimal management approaches to sustain the Great Barrier Reef.Modern Portfolio Theory …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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Development composite electrode for next generation Li-ion batteries

Australia is rich in lithium battery materials and is poised to be the world leader in sustainable energy storage. The rapid growth in the automobile and energy sector created greater demand for high-performance Li-ion batteries with high energy density. Conventional Li-ion batteries utilise a graphite anode with a limited theoretical capacity. Therefore, we need to develop alternative electrode materials with high energy density and a longer lifespan.Silicon (Si) has received attention owing to its high specific capacity at ambient temperature. …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
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Development of 3D tumour models for radiobiology applications

There is increasing interest in developing 3D tumour models for use in cancer research. The models have been used to investigate and test novel therapies in a model that is closer to the in-vivo tumour micro-environment. So far there has been little investigation of their use for therapeutic interventions that include ionising radiation. This research will investigate how they may be used for studying the fundamental radiobiology of radiotherapy treatments for cancer.

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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Development of diffusion analysis methods for characterisation of tissues and porous materials

Molecular diffusion can be used as a probe of the microstructure and organisation of materials and biological tissues.Biomedical applications of diffusion include diffusion-tensor imaging, which has been used as the basis for nerve fibre tractography in the brain, as well as microstructural imaging of tissues and materials. Diffusion measurements of tissues and biomaterials can reveal the organisation and anisotropy of their structural scaffold (e.g., collagen fibres or muscle cells).In the oil and gas industry, the diffusion propagator in porous media …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Digital business models

The ongoing proliferation of a digital lifestyle and the exposure to global innovation raises the expectation level of customers for new products and services. The ongoing technological innovations make this possible, but require digital business models to turn them into viable commercial offerings.This is not only relevant for new (‘born-on-the-web’) companies, but also for traditional companies who run the risk of having their core business disrupted. While some struggle with the new business models (e.g. Kodak), others turn it into …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Digital twin of a lab-scale renewable hydrogen facility

Both a laboratory-scale renewable hydrogen facility and a digital twin, also known as a digital replica, are being developed at QUT's Gardens Point campus.The laboratory-scale facility interconnects low-power renewable energy sources to supply a set of electrolysers and produce hydrogen as a 'green fuel'.The facility's digital twin will use real-time data and analytical dynamic models to optimise the operation of the plant, including the production of hydrogen.The proposed project aims to evaluate a range of software systems that will enable …

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Honours
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Discovering causal relationships between events in device logs

While advanced industrial control systems (ICS) attacks use multiple phases to launch their final attacks, existing security devices can only monitor local data without considering the consequence of attacks on other components. Identifying the causal relationship between events in device logs can provide comprehensive and system-wide visibility in industrial networks.Changes in a device log may trigger changes in other logs. Therefore, the analysis of causal relationships can be used for the prediction of causal interaction in networks. For example, it …

Discovery and design of novel catalysts from computational chemistry

The discovery and design of novel materials as efficient catalysts are critical for the development of innovative clean energy and environmental technology. For example, hydrogen production involves hydrogen evolution and oxygen evolution reactions - oxygen reduction/evolution reactions are important in fuel cell and air battery technology, carbon dioxide reduction is related to the mitigation of carbon emission, and nitrogen fixation is linked to the fertiliser production process.In principle, the catalytic properties of a material are completely determined by its electronic …

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PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours
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