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.

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.

Investigation of Failure Propagation Mechanisms in Complex Systems

The aim of this project is to characterise failure propagation in various kinds of systems such as enterprises (human systems), software and hardware systems, mechanical systems and heterogeneous systems such as system of systems. The models are then used to characterise the fragility and robustness of these systems.

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.

Free flight of multiple bodies in hypersonic wind tunnels

We have developed methods to free fly highly-instrumented, scaled models at hypersonic conditions in wind tunnels to determine their aerodynamic performance. This project will extend that work to fly multiple bodies, in close proximity, to examine a range of phenomena including stage separations and stores release, as well as the reentry break up of satellites and meteorites.

IoT-enabled project scheduling

Multi-project scheduling is a complex coordination of different resources (i.e. workforce, machines, materials, budgets) in real time and most of the studies are based on limited assumptions—such as each project in a multi-project scheduling is treated as a single project scheduling problem, or simplistically that resources can be transferred between projects without expense and time, or that projects can run without any uncertainties (i.e. under ideal settings).

3D Fingerprint Identification

Conventional authentication mechanism relies on password or possession of token. However, password and token cannot genuinely identify a person as both password and token can be presented by someone else. Biometrics such as fingerprint, face, iris etc are quite uniquely representing individual. Therefore they are good tools for identity authentication. This project investigates latest biometrics authentication technology, i.e., 3D fingerprint identification.

Trusted, Safe, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence in Lifelong Machine Learning Tasks

Smart machines that continues to learn forever run the risk that they may learn undesirable behaviours. The aim of this project is to ensure this does not happen. This requires the design of safety nets in place to ensure that the artificial intelligence will continue to operate in a trusted manner and continues to be safe.

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.

Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Robots – (I) Wing Compliance

Micro aerial robotics has been a nascent research interest due to its vast application potential. There have been a number of potential designs that have been tested including fixed wing, quadrotors, rotatory etc. as a suitable platforms. However these platforms are unsuitable at smaller scales due to a number of factors including aerodynamics inefficiency and limited maneuverability [1&2].

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.