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.

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.

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.

Gender and testing in STEM

Women are under-represented in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses and professions. The reasons for this are many and complex, and despite many programs to increase participation of women in STEM the numbers remain low. Our research shows that the design of test questions influences how men and women answer the questions, and may lead to bias in test outcomes.

The exponential growth of space objects in near-Earth orbit is placing new demands on space traffic management systems. Instead of hundreds to thousands of objects, future space traffic management systems will be required to maintain and provide a space catalogue of thousands to tens of thousands of objects. Essential to enabling this capability is the simultaneous improvement in current force modelling techniques and a reduction in their computational cost. 


Vibrational nonequilibrium in nozzle flow

Gasdynamic lasers create optical gain from the rapid expansion of gas through a nozzle.  This can produce very high peak laser powers, and makes such lasers potentially useful in a range of applications.  The efficiency of the laser is determined by the ability to create and maintain a nonequilibrium distribution of vibrational energy within such a nozzle.  One effective way of driving the expanding flow is by providing elevated energy with combustion, however, some product species such as water vapour can impair the effectiveness of the rapid flow expansion in creating a population inversi

Uncertainty quantifications in insect flight simulations: effect of flow gust and insect/wing geometry and kinematics

The mechanisms of insect flight become one of central issues for researchers and engineers who wish to develop aerial crafts with superior locomotion capability. One of the most fascinating yet least understood attributes of aerial animals is the uncertainties from environment flow gust as well as insect/wing geometry and kinematics.

Achieving appreciable thrust for both cruise and accelerating flight in scramjet engines is only half the solution for a viable engine. Equally important, is the design and validation of a vehicle structure capable of withstanding the sustained high thermal loads, and the resulting thermally induced structural stresses.

Deep Learning and Neural Networks for Multi-modal Human-Swarm Data Fusion

A human-swarm interaction generates very large real-time data streams including image, voice, EEG, human physiological data, task and swarm data, and interaction data. In our paper below, we took steps towards fusing two sources of data, images and timeseries/signal sensorial data. This project will need to systematically develop deep learning and neural network models and architectures to design general deep networks for multi-modal data fusion.

Acoustic Metamaterials and Metasurfaces

Acoustic metamaterials are artificially structured media which can manipulate sound waves in unusual ways. Metasurfaces are thin layers of metamaterials, which enable wave manipulation within a compact structure.