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.

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).

Network Coding for Satellite Communications Systems

The aim of this project is to research network coding techniques for satellite communication systems. Specifically, this project will investigate techniques and methods to improve the performance and efficiency of satellite communication systems.

Machine Learning based Real-time Scheduling

Integrated project planning and scheduling is a hot research topic that has provided a blueprint of project’s success that is based on uninterrupted completion of a project. However, in real production, the project environment changes dynamically because of external and internal fluctuations which create interruptions to the process, due to machine breakdowns, sudden material shortage and so on. These disturbances will mean that the optimal process plan and schedule may become less efficient or even infeasible.

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.

High-bandwidth control for unmanned helicopters

This PhD work is a part of the project to develop high bandwidth control methods and advanced dynamic modelling for Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAVs). This will enable new roles such as the precision landing of RUAVs to the moving deck of a ship in rough seas. This and numerous other potential RUAV tasks are presently limited by the simple controllers used for such a responsive dynamic system.

Fluid-thermal structural interactions on hypersonic vehicles

Flight at extreme speeds challenges the very best of our engineering abilities. The structures of high-speed vehicles are subjected to fluid-thermal-structural interactions in which the deformation of the structure, induced by the aerothermodynamic loads, can in turn influence this flow field and this coupling can detrimentally deform and even catastrophically damage the vehicle. The ability to develop efficient and economical high-speed aircraft is thus limited by our current capabilities in simulating and predicting these complex interactions.

Time-resolved processes in ns-duration plasmas

This project involves the use of laser-based methods to investigate time-dependent population distributions in laser-induced plasmas. Such plasmas have applications in fuel ignition studies, sterilisation and chemical treatment, but their fundamental behaviour is still very poorly understood, even in simple gases such as Argon.

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.

Flight control system for UAVs

This research proposes the development and implementation of flight control systems for school’s fixed wing UAV. Currently, we have flight tested fuzzy logic and neural network based controllers for simple flight paths.