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.

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.

Real-time Distributed Lifelong Optimisation Algorithms for Swarm Intelligence

A swarm is a group of decentralized decision nodes that need to coordinate and synchronise actions to achieve an effect. One example is in computer Ad-hoc networks where the nodes need to swarm to maximise network throughput. This project aims at designing and proving optimality conditions for new optimisation algorithms.

Investigating Application of Possibility theory to Systems Engineering Risk Management

Complex systems are characterized by many future possibilities each with a tiny probability. The traditional risk analysis that considers probability versus impact might not be helpful when the number of futures is too many. This project aims at finding parallel risk management methods based on possibility theory rather than probability theory.

High-bandwidth control for unmanned helicopters

This PhD work is a part of the project to develop high bandwidth control methods and advanced dynamic modelling for Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAVs). This will enable new roles such as the precision landing of RUAVs to the moving deck of a ship in rough seas. This and numerous other potential RUAV tasks are presently limited by the simple controllers used for such a responsive dynamic system.

Understanding the first year experience of engineering students

The aim of this project is to investigate the transition experience of students beginning an engineering degree. Of particular interest are the minority groups in engineering: women, mature age students, and at UNSW Canberra, civilian students in an otherwise military cohort.

Network Coding for Satellite Communications Systems

The aim of this project is to research network coding techniques for satellite communication systems. Specifically, this project will investigate techniques and methods to improve the performance and efficiency of satellite communication systems.

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

Quasi-normal modes of electromagnetic and acoustic systems

Many physical systems are usefully described by their modes, which are found by solving an eigenvalue problem. This is also true for nano-photonic structures such as metamaterials, nano-antennas and plasmonic particles. However, many systems have strong radiation or dissipative losses, and violate many assumptions which are valid for closed systems.

3D Fingerprint Identification

Conventional authentication mechanism relies on password or possession of token. However, password and token cannot genuinely identify a person as both password and token can be presented by someone else. Biometrics such as fingerprint, face, iris etc are quite uniquely representing individual. Therefore they are good tools for identity authentication. This project investigates latest biometrics authentication technology, i.e., 3D fingerprint identification.