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.

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).

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.

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.

The aim of this project is to design an intelligent control system that can optimise the trajactory of an insect inspired flapping wing system. Owing to the high speed of the flapping, a high bandwidth control system is required which may be implemented on a Field Programmable Gate Array or neuromorphic hardware. Using machine learning and evolutionary techniques, the system will learn how to best control the angle of attack and flapping motion to most efficiently produce thrust.

Distributed Artificial Intelligence Agents for Computational Red Teaming

Over the years, we have developed state-of-the-art distributed multi-agent system capable of modelling reciprocal competitive interactions between blue and red teams. Our systems can reason in real-time and explain emerging behaviours. This project will design distributed artificial intelligence algorithms for the agents within our system.

Microwave and Millimetre-wave Metasurfaces

Metasurfaces are a promising new area of science and technology for the manipulation of electromagnetic waves. They have the potential to replace bulky devices such as lenses with a thin layer of patterned elements, to enable a wave to undergo focussing, steering, polarisation conversation and more general spatial/temporal filtering.

Satellites provide data and services that are essential to modern society. Our civilian, commercial, and defence capability rely on continued and assured access to space-based infrastructure. The space environment, however, is harsh and represents a significant threat to the operation of such satellites. Collision with space debris, damage to spacecraft components through electrostatic discharge, and communication disruption from atmospheric anomalies are daily threats facing satellite systems and their operators.

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.