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.

Dynamic collapse of metallic lattice structures

Metallic lattice materials have shown promise for lightweight sandwich panels that provide protection against blast and shock propagation. However, little is known of their dynamic spall characteristics (when shock-compressed) and their collapse under dynamic loading.

Scalable Air Traffic Management Simulation Environment

The Air Traffic Environment is changing, with many exciting concepts being introduced across the globe. The group developed an efficient simulation environment for this purpose. The objective of this project is to design and implement a new simulation environment with new features. Because of confidentiality, these features won’t be discussed here, but they represent challenges that need to be overcome.

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.

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.

Artificial Intelligence to Uncover Fish Responses to Disturbed Flows

The mechanisms of aquatic animal swimming become a central issue for researchers and engineers who wish to develop underwater robotics with superior locomotion capability. Aquatic animals suspended in water are subject to the complex nature of three-dimensional flows, which have the potential to perturb the swimming motions of the animals.

Synchronization of production scheduling and supply chain

The rise of the globalization of manufacturing industries has led to enhanced, decentralized or multi-factory supply chains, which are of considerable interest to both researchers and practitioners. Production scheduling and distribution decisions in decentralized supply chains have become more possible but is very complex—only a few research studies have addressed this problem so far.

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.

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.

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.