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.

Progressive Damage Modelling and Crash Simulation for Laminated Composite Structures

The project is concerned with the development of a modelling approach to the simulation of the dynamic response of thin-walled composite structural components subjected to crushing loads. The progressive damage model should be developed and implemented into a FE code using a material characterisation process that is based on the material’s experimentally recorded behaviour.

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.

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.

Machine learning for quantum estimation and control

This project aims to develop effective estimation and control methods using machine learning for quantum systems. Benchmarking and controlling quantum systems have been an important task in next generation technology. However, efficient methods for the estimation and control of complex quantum systems are lacking.

Understanding the first year experience of engineering students

The aim of this project is to investigate the transition experience of students beginning an engineering degree. Of particular interest are the minority groups in engineering: women, mature age students, and at UNSW Canberra, civilian students in an otherwise military cohort.

Real-time Distributed Lifelong Optimisation Algorithms for Swarm Intelligence

A swarm is a group of decentralized decision nodes that need to coordinate and synchronise actions to achieve an effect. One example is in computer Ad-hoc networks where the nodes need to swarm to maximise network throughput. This project aims at designing and proving optimality conditions for new optimisation algorithms.

Improving forecasts of space weather has been identified as a major goal for the space community. Space weather has substantial effects on space and ground operations, yet accurate forecast lead times are typically only a few hours to days at most. The goal of this PhD is to improve our understanding and forecasting capability of space weather through physics-based models and/or machine learning.


Creating and Managing System Modularity: A Trade off and Optimality Analysis

Modularity as a system property has many benefits for different lifecycle stages of a system. This project is an investigation of a complete set of these benefits as well as a search for optimum formation of the modules for maximum benefit to all or some the identified benefits, at early design stages.

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.

Milimeter wave location-aware communication systems for the fifth generation of mobile communication

The fifth generation of mobile communication (5G) is being designed with a trend towards using millimetre frequency bands (mmWave) with a large number of antennas at the transmitter and receiver. Due to its low scattering and reflective nature, mmWave channels are spatially sparse with communication occurring via only a few propagation paths.