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.

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.

Investigation of Methods and Methodologies for Systems Engineering of Non-functional Requirements

Systems Engineering methodology applies aptly to functional design of systems. However, for non-functional requirements, the current methodology does not have a lot to offer and there is a lack of concrete methodologies for non-functional systems engineering. Specific modularization of systems elements is a powerful tool for the design of the non-functional requirements into the systems.

Wave impact loads

This project aims at addressing the lack of high-quality three-dimensional data suitable for benchmarking offshore structures and advanced marine vehicles impacting with water in a 3D regime, as well as establishing an understanding of the key elements influencing the severity of slamming loads. It also aims to evaluate the accuracy of numerical techniques by utilising Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations to predict the magnitude of wetdeck slamming forces and pressure distributions, thus allowing designers to improve the fixed, floating and moving marine structures.

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.

Design and Analysis of Efficient Coding Schemes for Internet of Things

The aim of this project is to research coding techniques for device to device cooperative communications in IoT. Specifically, this project will investigate techniques and methods to improve the throughput and efficiency of the cooperative communications in IoT.

Secure trading of unlicensed spectrum in cyber-physical systems

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are becoming the backbone of our critical infrastructure. The core of CPS operation often lies in the use of wireless technologies, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, LoRa, and 5G, that use unlicensed frequency bands. This means that any third party may use these frequencies as well, introducing mutual interference.

UNSW Canberra is looking for talented researchers to join our team in solving challenging problems in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning and Network Dynamics for Cyber Deception working with the Cyber Security CRC – see

Integrating Supply Chain

In contemporary enterprises, single project settings are rare today. Hence, issues involving the simultaneous management of multiple projects (or portfolio of projects) have become more prevalent. Up to 90 % of all projects worldwide are executed in a multi-project context (i.e., portfolio of projects). This portfolio of projects (POP) is considered as the simultaneous scheduling of two or more projects which demand the same scarce resources.

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.