PhD Projects SEIT

Scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) are available for PhD students  who have achieved Honours 1/High Distinction in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research.

Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Robots – (I) Wing Compliance

Micro aerial robotics has been a nascent research interest due to its vast application potential. There have been a number of potential designs that have been tested including fixed wing, quadrotors, rotatory etc. as a suitable platforms. However these platforms are unsuitable at smaller scales due to a number of factors including aerodynamics inefficiency and limited maneuverability [1&2].

The exponential growth of space objects in near-Earth orbit is placing new demands on space traffic management systems. Instead of hundreds to thousands of objects, future space traffic management systems will be required to maintain and provide a space catalogue of thousands to tens of thousands of objects. Essential to enabling this capability is the simultaneous improvement in current force modelling techniques and a reduction in their computational cost. 


Mechanical Tests of Quantum Theory

Quantum mechanics was developed as a theory of atomic behaviour. It was soon applied to light, assemblies of atoms, and subatomic particles. More recently, electrical circuits and mechanical systems operating in the quantum regime have been realized. This raises the question as to what, if any, are the ultimate limits to the application of quantum mechanics to physical systems.

Trusted, Safe, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence in Lifelong Machine Learning Tasks

Smart machines that continues to learn forever run the risk that they may learn undesirable behaviours. The aim of this project is to ensure this does not happen. This requires the design of safety nets in place to ensure that the artificial intelligence will continue to operate in a trusted manner and continues to be safe.

Milimeter wave location-aware communication systems for the fifth generation of mobile communication

The fifth generation of mobile communication (5G) is being designed with a trend towards using millimetre frequency bands (mmWave) with a large number of antennas at the transmitter and receiver. Due to its low scattering and reflective nature, mmWave channels are spatially sparse with communication occurring via only a few propagation paths.

Evolution of water-jets from the centrebow and demihull prior to wetdeck slamming event

Over the past three decades there has been increased military and commercial interest in lightweight high-speed ships, mainly due to their ability to provide fast sea transportation and relatively high payload capacity. Australia is an acknowledged world leader in the innovative design and construction of large high-speed aluminium catamarans, such as the vessels developed by Incat Tasmania and Austal.

Performance of axial flow hydrocyclones

Axial flow hydrocyclones have both exits in the same direction unlike the reverse flow hydrocyclones that are commonly used in industry. Early work has shown that axial flow hydrocyclones can reduce pressure drop and the challenge is to optimise the design of the vortex finder and the outlets to improve the separation efficiency so that the axial flow hydrocyclones can be used to separate a wide range of materials including coal, minerals, and waste effluent.

Vibrational nonequilibrium in nozzle flow

Gasdynamic lasers create optical gain from the rapid expansion of gas through a nozzle.  This can produce very high peak laser powers, and makes such lasers potentially useful in a range of applications.  The efficiency of the laser is determined by the ability to create and maintain a nonequilibrium distribution of vibrational energy within such a nozzle.  One effective way of driving the expanding flow is by providing elevated energy with combustion, however, some product species such as water vapour can impair the effectiveness of the rapid flow expansion in creating a population inversi

Cyber Security CRC Scholarship Opportunities

The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) aims to inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals by supporting innovative, industry-driven research into pressing cyber security problems.[1]

Thermal bow in gas turbine components

Gas turbines bend when the are turned off, due to differential cooling. This thermal bow can damage the engines if they are restarted too early, which will reduce their fatigue life and can ultimately destroy them in flight. It is therefore crucial to the safe operation of current and future engines that we improve our abilities to predict this bow and design it out.