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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Signal Processing Techniques for Space Radar Applications

The Southern Hemisphere radar stations in Australia (Tidbinbilla, Parkes and Narrabri) provide a good platform to detect asteroids and study their trajectories and properties. Based on real measurements obtained through these stations, the project aims at providing signal processing tools to analyse planetary radar signals of near-earth objects, i.e., asteroids.

Understanding the aerodynamic interaction between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) objects and the space environment is essential for enabling precise orbit determination and prediction capabilities necessary for future space traffic management systems. Recent research at UNSW Canberra has shown that the charged aerodynamic interaction between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) objects and the ionosphere (i.e. ionospheric aerodynamics) is neither negligible nor well understood.


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.

We are offering at least two PhD projects as part of an Australian Research Council Discovery project titled “Behaviour Boostrapping for Ad Hoc, Heterogeneous Robot Swarms.” This project will develop algorithms to permit heterogeneous groups of robots to self-generate, self-evaluate and use swarming behaviours adapted to their physical properties and environment. It will do this by extending the developmental robotics paradigm to large groups of agents.

Research in Decentralized and distributed robust control

Interconnected control systems are widespread in engineering, defence and communications applications. Examples of such systems include a team of unmanned aerial vehicles pursuing a set of coordinated objectives, a platoon of vehicles on the highway, an array of actuated micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), to name a few.