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.

Achieving appreciable thrust for both cruise and accelerating flight in scramjet engines is only half the solution for a viable engine. Equally important, is the design and validation of a vehicle structure capable of withstanding the sustained high thermal loads, and the resulting thermally induced structural stresses.

Secure control and estimation

The emergence of technologies relying on information networks have brought into prominence new challenges in the area of cyber-security concerned with security of industrial control and data acquisition systems. This project will involve research into the theory of cyber secure distributed control and estimation systems networks, focused on systems cooperation in the presence of strategic adversaries.

Investigating Best Practices in Human-Systems Integration and Engineering Methodologies

This project aims at identifying current state of the art human systems integration techniques and creation of framework for an overarching or generalized human system integration framework that can be substantiated for different kinds of systems. Human systems integration practices are very domain specific for example healthcare, defence, aerospace etc.

Urbanization monitoring using multisource remote sensing imagery for the development of smart cities

With the increasing availability of remote sensing data recorded from multiple sources, comprehensive digitalization of urbanization processes becomes possible, aiming to provide quantitative information for smart city development. Most of the existing approaches for urbanization monitoring, however, are based on individual sensors with limited observation.

Signal Processing Techniques for Space Radar Applications

The Southern Hemisphere radar stations in Australia (Tidbinbilla, Parkes and Narrabri) provide a good platform to detect asteroids and study their trajectories and properties. Based on real measurements obtained through these stations, the project aims at providing signal processing tools to analyse planetary radar signals of near-earth objects, i.e., asteroids.

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].

Machine Learning based Real-time Scheduling

Integrated project planning and scheduling is a hot research topic that has provided a blueprint of project’s success that is based on uninterrupted completion of a project. However, in real production, the project environment changes dynamically because of external and internal fluctuations which create interruptions to the process, due to machine breakdowns, sudden material shortage and so on. These disturbances will mean that the optimal process plan and schedule may become less efficient or even infeasible.

Quantum Acoustic Circuit Theory

Acoustics is the study of the propagation of low-frequency mechanical waves in matter. These waves may be quantized, and the study of these waves at the level of their quantum zero-point fluctuations has been termed quantum acoustics. Quantum acoustics has the potential to impact the design of quantum computers.

Solving the WiFi Tragedy of the Commons

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are becoming the backbone of our critical infrastructure, for example in health care, emergency services, transportation services, and energy management, as well as in many other areas just being envisioned. The core of CPS operation often lies in the use of wireless technologies such as WiFi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, LTE-U, LoRa, and some varieties of 5G.

Comparative Evaluation of Cybersecurity Test Design Strategies and Analysis Techniques

The pervasive cyber threat to DoDs, public sector and industry means cyber vulnerability and penetration assessment (CVPA) and testing is no longer an option but rather about managing an acceptable risk of how much testing is enough (Christensen, 2017 & 2015).