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.

This project experimentally investigates flame holding mechanisms under supersonic flight conditions, including wall conditions. Experiments will be conducted in UNSW Canberra facilities with numerical reproduction.

IoT-enabled project scheduling

Multi-project scheduling is a complex coordination of different resources (i.e. workforce, machines, materials, budgets) in real time and most of the studies are based on limited assumptions—such as each project in a multi-project scheduling is treated as a single project scheduling problem, or simplistically that resources can be transferred between projects without expense and time, or that projects can run without any uncertainties (i.e. under ideal settings).

Ethically-Aligned Multiobjective Reinforcement Learning

Reinforcement Learning (RL) relies on a reward function as the only feedback in an interaction to learn complex tasks. Multi-objective RL (MORL) uses multiple reward functions. The aim of this thesis will be to produce new MORL algorithms that are capable to produce optimal and ethically aligned actions.

Flight control system for UAVs

This research proposes the development and implementation of flight control systems for school’s fixed wing UAV. Currently, we have flight tested fuzzy logic and neural network based controllers for simple flight paths.

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.

Big Data and CPS in Project Scheduling

In the presence of increasingly dynamic environments, frequent uncertainties, high customer specifications, strict project deadlines, and stricter requirements on sustainability and scarcity of resources, modern project managers are challenged in their ability to schedule and control projects. Thus, in the context of sustainable project scheduling context, two important elements are to be considered as decision variables: the input elements of a scheduling (e.g.

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.

Numerical simulations of surgically changed arteries

In this program, computational structure/structure dynamics and model experiments will be integrated to study the structure dynamic responses, turbulence flows and local stresses with long-term goal of exploring clinic applications. There are more than 30,000 patients receiving artery related implants in Australia, incurring substantial cost for treating and nursing these patients.

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.