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.

Investigating Application of Possibility theory to Systems Engineering Risk Management

Complex systems are characterized by many future possibilities each with a tiny probability. The traditional risk analysis that considers probability versus impact might not be helpful when the number of futures is too many. This project aims at finding parallel risk management methods based on possibility theory rather than probability theory.

Variations in solar radiation and solar wind result in variations in the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere (MIT) system which are referred to as space weather. Changes to this system have several important effects on space and ground based technology; including effects on satellite electronics, satellite orbits, radio signal propagation, and electricity grids. The ability to forecast the effects of space weather events on the MIT system is therefore of great importance to human society.

UNSW Canberra is looking for talented researchers to join our team in solving challenging problems in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning and Network Dynamics for Cyber Deception working with the Cyber Security CRC – see

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.

Wave impact loads

This project aims at addressing the lack of high-quality three-dimensional data suitable for benchmarking offshore structures and advanced marine vehicles impacting with water in a 3D regime, as well as establishing an understanding of the key elements influencing the severity of slamming loads. It also aims to evaluate the accuracy of numerical techniques by utilising Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations to predict the magnitude of wetdeck slamming forces and pressure distributions, thus allowing designers to improve the fixed, floating and moving marine structures.

Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Robots – (II) Wing Actuation and  Flight-Control

The role of robotic systems including miniature unmanned autonomous vehicles is expected to grow significantly in the near future. With rapid advancement in sensor and robotic technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles are envisaged to be assigned various tasks including disaster monitoring, product delivery and, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Quantum light source using coherent control

Quantum information technology exploits quantum phenomena to create new devices in computation, communication, and metrology. Quantum state of light (or a photon) is a promising information career because of the relative easiness of creations and manipulations of photons, and direct applications to communication.

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.