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.

Artificial Intelligence to Uncover Fish Responses to Disturbed Flows

The mechanisms of aquatic animal swimming become a central issue for researchers and engineers who wish to develop underwater robotics with superior locomotion capability. Aquatic animals suspended in water are subject to the complex nature of three-dimensional flows, which have the potential to perturb the swimming motions of the animals.

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


With the spread of IoT devices, security issues are becoming more severe, in part because of the large scale and heterogeneous nature of the devices.
There are an increasing number of insecure IoT devices with a high computational power, this makes them attractive targets for botnet creators.

Compromised IoT devices can be aggregated together through command and control servers to perform a diverse set of activities including; distributed denial of service, password cracking, and crypto-currency mining.

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.

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.

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.


Understanding the aerodynamic interaction between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) objects and the space environment is essential for enabling precise orbit determination and prediction capabilities necessary for future space traffic management systems. Recent research at UNSW Canberra has shown that the charged aerodynamic interaction between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) objects and the ionosphere (i.e. ionospheric aerodynamics) is neither negligible nor well understood.


Comparative Evaluation of Cybersecurity Test Design Strategies and Analysis Techniques

The pervasive cyber threat to DoDs, public sector and industry means cyber vulnerability and penetration assessment (CVPA) and testing is no longer an option but rather about managing an acceptable risk of how much testing is enough (Christensen, 2017 & 2015).