Forschung in Ingenieurswissenschaften und IT

Forschung in den Ingenieurwissenschaften, Informationstechnologie und Computerwissenschaften ist in Australien wie in Deutschland sehr anwendungsorientiert. Forschungsprojekte in diesen Bereichen werden stark von wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen bestimmt und gefördert. Mit dieser Ausprägung sind die Ingenieurs- und Computerwissenschaften unter den „Australian Research Priorities“ mit Themenbereichen wie manufacturing, health technology, transportation, energy oder cyber security mehrfach vertreten. Durch inter- und transdisziplinäre Forschungszusammenarbeit mit nationalen und internationalen Partnern werden starke Allianzen geschaffen, um komplexe gesellschaftliche Probleme und Herausforderungen zu lösen.

Forschungsschwerpunkte in Ingenieurswissenschaften, IT und Computer Sciences

Forschungsbereiche Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computational Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Digital Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Health Technology
  • Manufacturing, Materials & Mechatronics Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Mechanical & Automotive Engineering
  • Minerals and Energy Resourcing Engineering
  • Renewable Energies

    IT and Computer Science

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biosystems & Computational Biology
    • Computer Architecture & Engineering
    • Data Mining & Databases
    • Distributed Computation
    • Graphics
    • High Performance Computing
    • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
    • Information Technology
    • Internet of Things
    • Networks & Distributed Systems
    • Operating Systems
    • Security
    • Software engineering
    • Theory & Algorithms


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    Stent design optimisation / UNSW


     
    University:University of New South Wales (UNSW)
    Faculty:Engineering
    Project Start Date:2021
    Application Deadline:until the right candidate is found
    Supervisor Name:Dr Susann Beier
    Location (City/Campus):
    Sydney, Kensington

    Project Description:The candidate will undertake computational and experimental modelling and apply mechanical and fluid dynamic understanding to develop novel designs of stents. The candidate will use latest technologies including advances 3D printing and work directly with cardiologists. Good team and communication skills as well as a passion for healthcare and a strong drive to excel are essential. Study at the top 49th global University UNSW, especially leading in innovative and impactful engineering for the greater good. Be embedded in a diverse and friendly team of like-minded people at the Sydney Vascular Modelling SVMgroup.org. Please get in touch with your latest transcript and CV to find out more.
    Funding Information:RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information
    Special requirementsCandidate needs to have some research experience

    Environmental Engineering: research Efficiency gains in the dairy industry – putting mineral scale under the microscope / Deakin University


     
    University:Deakin University Melbourne
    Faculty:School of Engineering
    Project Start Date:Negotiable
    Application Deadline:All year
    Supervisor Name:Dr. Ellen Moon
    Location (City/Campus):Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong

    Project Description:

    Calcium phosphate scale deposit formation is common in dairy processing, especially where elevated temperatures are involved. Mineral scaling in dairy processing equipment is undesirable because:
    1) Scale acts as a surface for bacterial growth, increasing the likelihood of contaminating the product; and
    2) Scale reduces the heat transfer efficiency of the surface upon which it forms, which increases energy use and reduces plant life. Mineral scale is managed using an industry standard cleaning solution that contains sodium hydroxide, nitric acid, phosphoric acid and surfactants. The cost of managing mineral scaling is through the purchase of water softening & cleaning fluids, but importantly, also in the equipment downtime. Research into cleaning efficiency has taken a process-scale approach – optimising both chemical and physical cleaning parameters (NaOH concentration, temperature of fluid, residence time, flow rate) based on the ability to return a ‘clean’ surface (as determined by macro-scale properties).
    The candidate will utilise a number of advanced analytical techniques, including small angle scattering and electron microscopy, combined with lab-and field-based chemistry, to provide our industry partner with a nano-scale assessment of current cleaning processes. This will provide new insights into scale formation and dissolution processes, and will allow for the optimisation of cleaning processes to minimise equipment down time, resulting in more cost-effective cleaning processes.
    Project Outline 1. Liaise with our industry partners to understand and document: a. The key processes & equipment that experience mineral scaling in their operations b. The current cleaning processes that are employed
    2. Explore the current literature on mineral scaling in the dairy industry, with a focus on the molecular-scale mechanisms of nucleation & deposition and fragmentation & dissolution.
    3. Design & implement methodologies to: a. collect, sample and characterise mineral scale from dairy processing b. measure the efficacy of current cleaning processes c. identify any relationship between the amount of residual scaling post-clean and the rate at which new scale builds up d. determine, using industry-available technologies, when a surface is clean at the nano-scale e. test the efficacy of alternative cleaning processes (including making use of the advanced characterisation facilities available at Deakin University, the Australian Synchrotron & the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering).
    4. Make recommendations for adaptation of cleaning processes to improve cost-effectiveness.

    Funding Information:

    3-year PhD scholarship of ~AU$27,000 p.a. tax free plus AU$7,000 p.a. top-up available)

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Data Analytics For Pore Water Pressure - New Tools For Sustainable Groundwater and Engineering Projects / Deakin University


     
    University:Deakin University Melbourne
    Faculty:School of Engineering
    Project Start Date:Negotiable
    Application Deadline:All year
    Supervisor Name:Prof. Wendy Timms
    Location (City/Campus):Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong

    Project Description:

    This new PhD scholarship will develop advanced pore pressure analysis for groundwater systems with engineering applications in civil construction, mining operations and water supply systems. Groundwater levels, or pore pressures, go up and down in response to factors such as pumping or injection of groundwater, loads on the surface including storage of water and waste materials, and responses to small stresses in the earth from earth and atmospheric tides. The patterns of pore water pressure responses can reveal how aquifers and aquitards operate, how much water is stored and if there is hydraulic separation or connectivity. This requires pore pressure data logged accurately at least 8 times a day in bores within strata at different depths, and associated geo-information. Advanced analysis of this pore pressure data can then enable real-time indicators of changing ground conditions, value adding to common groundwater monitoring: - Evaluating changes in hydraulic loading – important for construction, dams and excavation - Monitoring changes in soil moisture storage – important for agriculture There are opportunities to better utilise groundwater data that is commonly collected to benefit engineering projects and sustainable water resource management. This research will develop advanced analytical tools to process water data in both time series and frequency domain. The research outcomes would be new data analytical tools that are technically robust and user friendly, to determine hydro-geomechanical parameters at strata and site scale. These tools are to compliment and extend tools developed in collaboration with a group of researchers at UNSW Australia (Tim McMillan), University of Melbourne (Dr Tim Peterson) and internationally including Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany (Dr Gabriel Rau). Such tools will enable new opportunities to determine in situ properties of the ground for geomechanical and hydrogeological applications. In situ and strata specific estimates on hydraulic and poro-elastic properties of the ground will be used to predict and manage loading and soil moisture. Research project sites in SE Australia and beyond will include one or more of the following types: groundwater supply systems for town water and agriculture, underground and open pit mine sites including pumped hydro energy storage, civil construction and tunnelling projects, underground injection sites for recycled water or carbon sequestration, and the possibility of shallow geothermal energy projects. The PhD scholar will benefit from international research collaborations and local industry partnerships, for example with government, and engineering companies.

    Funding Information:

    To be eligible forthe scholarship you must:
    - Meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements. Evidence of meeting English requirement (eg. 7 in IELTS test).
    - Be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (First class) or an equivalent.
    - Applications must have a Degree qualification in Civil Engineering, Engineering Geology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Maths, or related technical discipline.
    - Applicants must provide details of capability in data analysis, coding capability.
    - Applicants must provide evidence of their reporting/publications track record.

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Rail Innovators PhD Scholarship / Deakin University


     
    University:Deakin University Melbourne
    Faculty:Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
    Project Start Date:Ongoing
    Application Deadline:Ongoing - open
    Supervisor Name:Prof. Douglas Creighton
    Location (City/Campus):Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong

    Project Description:

    The Institute of Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) currently offers an industry-funded PhD scholarship to a student who is ready to enrol on a full-time basis for conducting cutting-edge research in the transport/rail sector at Deakin University, together with our industry partner, Downer EDI Rail. About Deakin University and IISRI Deakin University is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, and consistently ranks number one on student satisfaction and employment. Deakin offers a personalised experience, enhanced by innovative digital engagement. We lead by creating opportunities to live and work in a connected, evolving world. IISRI’s research covers state-of-the-art technologies in modelling and simulation, machine learning, big data, visualisation and optimisation of complex systems. The institute delivers industry research, development and commercial ready outcomes to support innovation across a variety of models including Industry 4.0 and Virtual Factory. Further information on IISRI research can be obtained via www.deakin.edu.au/iisri. Research Topic Investigate state of the art machine learning technologies for condition-based maintenance, diagnostics and prognostics for future industry 4.0 transport control centres. The student will have opportunities to work closely with our industry collaborators at Downer EDI Rail in undertaking challenging real-world problems in the rolling stock sector.

    Funding Information:The PhD scholarship will cover 3 years full-time studies. The stipend is offered on a competitive basis with extra allowance and subsistence for outstation data collection, field work, and/or meetings with industry collaborators.
    Special Requirements:

    This scholarship is available to a domestic or an international student who is able to start their candidature immediately. The applicant is expected to have a Master degree with a research component, or a first-class or second-upper honours Bachelor degree, from a recognised university. Prior to lodging an application, the applicant is strongly encouraged to contact the following IISRI staff to discuss the specified research topic and related matters.

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Intelligent Systems PhD Scholarship / Deakin University


     
    University:Deakin University Melbourne
    Faculty:Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
    Project Start Date:Ongoing
    Application Deadline:Ongoing - open
    Supervisor Name:Alfred Deakin Professor Saeid Nahavandi (IEEE Fellow)
    Location (City/Campus):Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong

    Project Description:

    The Institute of Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) currently offers PhD scholarship to a student who is ready to enrol on a full-time basis for conducting cutting-edge research into Intelligent Systems at Deakin University. About Deakin University and IISRI Deakin University is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, and consistently ranks number one on student satisfaction and employment. Deakin offers a personalised experience, enhanced by innovative digital engagement. We lead by creating opportunities to live and work in a connected, evolving world. The Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) contributes to the research and development (R&D) of robotics, haptics, and human machine interfaces. IISRI has more than 80 researchers who use their R&D to provide practical solutions to real world problems and develop commercial-ready products and services. As a result, IISRI has been successful in the delivery of numerous industry-based research projects with major national and international organisations. IISRI has the largest number of haptic devices in the Southern Hemiphere for research and development. Complimented by the worlds most advanced fleet of haptically enabled robots (Kuku, ABB based, UR5, UR10) and autonomous mobile platforms. In addition, IISRI has delivered several major haptically enabled teleoperatve system and autonomous robots to major automotive companies, and Department of Defence. Our research collaboration reaches world class Universities, Harvard, MIT, Standford, Imperial College, Trinity, IIT (India) and Cambridge University For further information on IISRI research, please contact Alfred Deakin Professor Saeid Nahavandi (IEEE Fellow) email Research Topic Autonomous systems, robotics and haptics, human-machine interface, system modelling and analytics The student will have opportunities to work closely with our industry collaborators in undertaking challenging real-world problems.

    Funding Information:

    The PhD scholarship will cover 3 years full-time studies. The stipend is offered on a competitive basis with extra allowance and subsistence for outstation data collection, field work, and/or meetings.

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Special Requirements:

    This scholarship is available to a domestic or an international student who is able to start his/her candidature immediately. The applicant is expected to have a Master degree with a research component, or a first-class or second-upper honours Bachelor degree, from a recognised university.

    Cybersafe Connected Vehicles: Secured and Robust Cooperative Automotive Systems / Deakin University


     
    University:Deakin University Melbourne
    Faculty:Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
    Project Start Date:Ongoing
    Application Deadline:Ongoing - open
    Supervisor Name:Prof. Robin Doss
    Location (City/Campus):Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong

    Project Description:

    Deakin University seeks to hire four outstanding PhD candidates within the School of Information Technology. The successful candidates will participate in the activities of the Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI) and work within the Security and Privacy Research in IoT (SPYRIT) lab. The SPYRIT lab focuses on theoretical advances for cyberspace, network and systems security for the Internet of Things (IoT). This includes research topics such as the design and development of secure protocols, IoT security, cyber physical systems security, Blockchain security, privacy-preserving techniques, and others. The 4 PhD positions will contribute to a project on "CyberSafe Connected Vehicles: Secured and Robust Cooperative Automotive Systems". The project will develop underlying technologies, techniques and tools for the realisation of secure, trusted, and robust cooperative automotive systems. The proposed program of research will develop a framework comprising associated technologies and a methodology for secure automotive computer systems, based on a securely connected automotive software platform, that enables the connected vehicle to cooperate with external services and other vehicles in a secure, trusted and safe way. Successful candidates should have the ability to: - Conduct world-class research and write a doctoral dissertation in one of the following topics: 1. Communication security in connected and autonomous vehicles 2. End-to-end secure firmware and software updates 3. Decentralised authentication schemes and intrusion detection mechanisms 4. Security and privacy aspects for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles - Disseminate results through scientific publications and presentations The offer - The University offers a 3-year PhD scholarship of AU$27,596 per annum (tax exempt). Top-up scholarships for an amount of $10K to $23K per annum will be available for exceptional applicants. - You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a dynamic and growing centre. Student Eligibility - A First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) or Master degree (with research component) in computer science or mathematics - A proven interest in computer security and/or related topics - Excellent written and oral English skills - Commitment, team worker, self-motivated and a critical mind - Strong academic performance, programming and mathematical skills Applications should be written in English and include the following documents:
    1. Cover letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation
    2. Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, list of publications (if any)) 3. A research statement addressing the topic of the position (max 1 page). Note that, you must choose one of the four topics given above.
    4. A short description of your Master work or Honours thesis (max 1 page)
    5. Transcript of grades from all university-level courses taken
    6. Contact information for 3 referees For further inquiries please contact: Prof Robin Doss (robin.doss@deakin.edu.au)

    Funding Information:

    The University offers a 3-year PhD scholarship of AU$27,596 per annum (tax exempt). Top-up scholarships for an amount of $10K to $23K per annum will be available for exceptional applicants.

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Special Requirements:

    Student Eligibility - A First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) or Master degree (with research component) in computer science or mathematics - A proven interest in computer security and/or related topics - Excellent written and oral English skills - Commitment, team worker, self-motivated and a critical mind - Strong academic performance, programming and mathematical skills

    The GOstralia! Research Centre in cooperation with Deakin University award exclusive PhD scholarships open to all faculties. More information

    Dynamics of cryosalt hydrate in clay brines – energetics of phase transitions / Deakin University


     
    University:Deakin University Melbourne
    Faculty:Institute for Frontier Materials
    Project Start Date:March 2021
    Application Deadline:December 2020
    Supervisor Name:Will Gates
    Location (City/Campus):Melbourne - Burwood Campus

    Project Description:Cryogenic salt hydrates, such as hydrohalite (NaCl·H2O), occur naturally in Earth’s polar regions [1,2] (believed also to form on Mars [3,4]) and the pores of clay gels have been implicated in their long-term geologic stability. Minimizing incongruent phase change in phase change materials is key to improving efficiency of energy harvesting [5,6]. The existence hydrohalite (NaCl·H2O) in clay brines has been demonstrated recently [7], by the principle researcher in experiments at the Australian Centre for neutron Scattering. Formation (ie freezing) and duration (ie melting) is stabilized by the presence of clay gel. The inclusion of different solvents that influence the activity of water in these systems has potential to further improve the thermal gap (and energy storage capacity) between freezing and melting of these cryosalts, and perhaps enable the formation of cryosalts which cannot form in aqueous systems. For instance, propylene and glycerol carbonate are known to enhance reactions of bentonites in saline brines [8]. During this project we will quantify and model the interaction of concentrated NaCl and CaCl2 brines in the presence of unmodified bentonite and bentonite modified with propylene carbonate and glycerol carbonate (manufactured by green-chemical means [9]), as a function of temperature. We will employ spectroscopic (solid state NMR, infrared and inelastic neutron scattering) and thermal (differential scanning calorimetry) techniques, coupled with molecular dynamics simulations. Significant proof of concept has occurred through a recent experiment at ANSTO (P7681) associated with DP190100919. The project is thus both novel and innovative as it will assess the potential to harness the latent heat stored in meta-stable cryosalt hydrates in frozen brines within the gel-pores of bentonite to enable safer, cheaper and longer-lasting materials for critical cold storage, such as vaccine, organ and blood transportation units [10]. This project lies within the IFM research themes of innovating with natural materials and imparting materials with extraordinary functionality. It also touches on aspects of the theme for re-designing materials for a circular economy. It is foreseen that by the end of the project, a better prediction of the behavior of liquids at clay mineral surfaces under freezing conditions will serve to enhance the control of the formation and meta-stability of cryosalt hydrates. Such control is key to harness the latent heat as a passive energy source. It is also aligned with IFMs vision to lead and inspire innovations in materials science and engineering that have a transformational benefit to society. Citations 1 Sharma et al (2009) Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 13: 318-345. 2 Dickson et al (2013) Scientific Reports 2: 1166(1-8). 3 McEwen et al (2001) Science, 333(6043): 740-743; 4 Heinz et al (2016) Geophysical Research Letters, 43: 4880-4884. 5 Zalb et al (2003) Applied Thermal Engineering, 23: 251-283; 6 Rubinson et al (2013) Acta Crystallographica, D56: 996-1001. 7 Yeşilbaş et al (2018) ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2, 314–319. 8 Gates et al (2016) Applied Clay Science, 124-125: 94-101. 9 Turney et al (2013) Green Chemistry, 15: 1925-1931. 10 Chandel,Agarwal (2017) Reneqable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 67: 581-596
    Funding Information:

    Deakin University IFM HDR Scholarship

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Special Requirements:strong background in physical-chemistry, physscs, chemistry or materials sciences.

    Environmental Engineering: research Efficiency gains in the dairy industry – putting mineral scale under the microscope / Deakin University


     
    University:Deakin University Melbourne
    Faculty:School of Engineering
    Project Start Date:Negotiable
    Application Deadline:All year
    Supervisor Name:Dr. Ellen Moon
    Location (City/Campus):Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong

    Project Description:

    Calcium phosphate scale deposit formation is common in dairy processing, especially where elevated temperatures are involved. Mineral scaling in dairy processing equipment is undesirable because:
    1) Scale acts as a surface for bacterial growth, increasing the likelihood of contaminating the product; and
    2) Scale reduces the heat transfer efficiency of the surface upon which it forms, which increases energy use and reduces plant life. Mineral scale is managed using an industry standard cleaning solution that contains sodium hydroxide, nitric acid, phosphoric acid and surfactants. The cost of managing mineral scaling is through the purchase of water softening & cleaning fluids, but importantly, also in the equipment downtime. Research into cleaning efficiency has taken a process-scale approach – optimising both chemical and physical cleaning parameters (NaOH concentration, temperature of fluid, residence time, flow rate) based on the ability to return a ‘clean’ surface (as determined by macro-scale properties).
    The candidate will utilise a number of advanced analytical techniques, including small angle scattering and electron microscopy, combined with lab-and field-based chemistry, to provide our industry partner with a nano-scale assessment of current cleaning processes. This will provide new insights into scale formation and dissolution processes, and will allow for the optimisation of cleaning processes to minimise equipment down time, resulting in more cost-effective cleaning processes.
    Project Outline 1. Liaise with our industry partners to understand and document: a. The key processes & equipment that experience mineral scaling in their operations b. The current cleaning processes that are employed
    2. Explore the current literature on mineral scaling in the dairy industry, with a focus on the molecular-scale mechanisms of nucleation & deposition and fragmentation & dissolution.
    3. Design & implement methodologies to: a. collect, sample and characterise mineral scale from dairy processing b. measure the efficacy of current cleaning processes c. identify any relationship between the amount of residual scaling post-clean and the rate at which new scale builds up d. determine, using industry-available technologies, when a surface is clean at the nano-scale e. test the efficacy of alternative cleaning processes (including making use of the advanced characterisation facilities available at Deakin University, the Australian Synchrotron & the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering).
    4. Make recommendations for adaptation of cleaning processes to improve cost-effectiveness.

    Funding Information:

    3-year PhD scholarship of ~AU$27,000 p.a. tax free plus AU$7,000 p.a. top-up available)

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Technologies for Ambient Assisted Living / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:January 2021
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:A/Prof Mathias Baumert
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:

    Caring for our aging population is one of the global challenges of our time. The project aims to develop technologies that will empower people to live independently longer. We look for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a strong background in electronics and/or biomedical engineering to create innovative solutions with real-world impact together with our Australian aged-care partners.

    Funding Information:

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Terahertz integrated platform / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:Asap
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:A/Prof. Withawat Withayachumnankul
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:

    High losses of metallic and dielectric materials at terahertz frequencies prevent direct adoption of microwave and optical circuit technologies to this frequency range. Recently, we have created a unique substrate-less platform made of only high-resistivity silicon for terahertz integrated systems. The main drive of this platform is the effective medium theory that grants access to arbitrary values of permittivity, while retaining structural simplicity. Importantly, a great control over material permittivity leads to freedom in designing integrated components with unprecedented performance. A next open-ended milestone is to create various components for terahertz communications and radar systems.

    Funding Information:

    The project is partly supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project.

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Nonlinear ultrasonic guided wave for next generation nondestructive evaluation / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:January 2021
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:A/Prof Alex Ching Tai Ng
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:

    This project aims to develop a novel approach for early damage detection. It relies on a systematic experimental investigation of nonlinear ultrasonic interaction between different input wave modes in the presence of damage, so as to identify optimal mode selections and operating parameters that will maximise the sensitivity to particular forms of structural damage. The new developments will help transform existing schedule-based maintenance practice to a condition-based maintenance paradigm, to achieve significant cost savings in maintenance.

    Funding Information:

    To be align with University of Adelaide ASI scholarship round.

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Theory and methods for the quantitative evaluation of microstructural damage and remaining fatigue life / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:Flexible
    Application Deadline:Flexible
    Supervisor Name:Prof Andrei Kotousov
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:

    The microstructural damage accumulation stage often consumes a significant portion of the total fatigue life of structures. However, its progressive evaluation is beyond the reach of safety inspection techniques which are currently employed to maintain structural integrity and prevent fatigue failures. This project aims to fill this gap by developing innovative methods for the measurement of material properties related to fatigue damage and establishing a new theory which links these properties to the remaining life of the structure. The project outcomes will facilitate the global trend towards predictive maintenance strategies, thereby generating substantial cost benefits, specifically, for high-value assets and ageing infrastructure.

    Funding Information:

    Supported by the ARC Discovery scheme.

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Fundamental understanding of low-carbon, high-temperature, particle-based energy technologies / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:Late 2020 or early 2021
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:Dr Alfonso Chinnici, Prof Gus Nathan
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:

    This project aims to develop the fundamental understanding required to enable a suite of new low-carbon, particle-flow technologies in minerals processing and energy systems. This is needed to convert high temperature, energy intensive industrial processes from operation with fossil fuels to operation with clean hydrogen or concentrating solar thermal energy. Working together with an international team, this project will utilise a range of cutting-edge laser diagnostic tools, together with computational simulations and reactor design, to generate the knowledge required to optimise and de-risk the development of these new high temperature, low-emission, particle-based technologies.

    Funding Information:

    This project is well funded, as it is aligned with the existing national and international collaborative projects, including the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI), Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the US Department of Energy G3P3 programs.

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    High-temperature solar receiver technology / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:January 2021
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:A/Prof Maziar Arjomandi
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:Investigate passive methods of convection suppression through laboratory-scale wind and/or water tunnel experiments and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of a cavity receiver to optimise of high-temperature sodium receivers for maximal efficiency and lifetime considering flux, temperature and stress limitations.
    Funding Information:

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Bio-inspired Computing for Problems with Chance Constraints / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:January 2021
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:Prof Frank Neumann
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:Bio-inspired algorithms have successfully been applied to a wide range of optimisation problems. Uncertainties in real-world applications can lead to critical failures of production schedules or safe critical systems. Chance constraints model such uncertainties and allow to limit the possibility of such failures. This project develops high performing bio- inspired algorithms for stochastic problems where the constraints can only be violated with a small probability. The outcomes will lead to more effective and reliable optimisation methods for complex planning processes in important areas such as mining and manufacturing.
    Funding Information:

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Mining software edits for the use in the genetic improvement of software / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:January 2021
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:Dr Markus Wagner
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:To improve software engineering, software repositories have been mined for code snippets and bug fixes. Typically, this mining takes place at the level of files or commits. To be able to dig deeper and to extract insights at a higher resolution, we can consider Stack Overflow edits. Our preliminary study indicates that these edits might be a treasure trove for mining information about fine-grained patches, e.g., for the optimisation of non-functional properties. Goal of this project is to explore this further.
    Funding Information:

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Prioritising software artifacts with recurrent neural networks / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:January 2021
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:Dr Christoph Treude
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:Building and maintaining large-scale software systems is challenging since software repositories contain an overwhelming amount of source code and documentation which is constantly evolving. To support software developers in deciding which artifacts they need to pay particular attention to, this project will employ information theory to measure the amount of "surprise" contained in each artefact by comparing the content of an artefact to the content predicted by a recurrent neural network, in particular a Long short-term memory (LSTM) network.
    Funding Information:RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Training Deep Learning Methods with Noisy Datasets / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    Project Start Date:January 2021
    Application Deadline:Asap
    Supervisor Name:Prof Gustavo Carneiro
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:Deep learning models need large-scale datasets to be effective. However, the most successful deep learning models have to be trained with well curated datasets that contain high quality labels, which are expensive to be obtained. Meanwhile, a great amount of publicly and privately available large-scale datasets are not being used for training deep learning models because they contain a large amount of noise in their labels, which tend to produce systems with low-accuracy classification results. In this project, we will develop new training algorithms to enable the use of such noisy training sets with the goal of producing highly accurate deep learning models. We plan to test the effectiveness of the algorithms in public and private datasets.
    Funding Information:

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    Analytic continued fractions for regression / University of Adelaide


     
    University:University of Adelaide
    Faculty:Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences; School of Computer Science
    Project Start Date:From 1 January 2021
    Application Deadline:31 December 2020
    Supervisor Name:Dr Markus Wagner
    Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide

    Project Description:"Analytic continued fractions" have recently been used more and more for symbolic regression, see e.g.
    Many design decisions need to be made when designing optimisation approaches that use this concept. Goal of this project is to systematically explore the design decisions, and to inform future research. Requirements: very good math skills are critical, and very good C skills (as the current code base is in C); helpful: good understanding of algorithms and evolutionary computation. Moreover, a reimplementation for multiple languages would be helpful, depending on your coding skills (to contribute to an open-source software project)
    Funding Information:

    RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information

    The University of Adelaide's own scholarships for international students are very competitive and you need publications at good conferences at the time of application for this funding source. 

    Other funding sources might be available on short notice (contact supervisor for more details).

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