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.


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.

Cloud and cloud shadow removal from optical remote sensing images

The first challenge in information extraction from optical satellite images of the Earth’s surface is the collection of cloud free images, as one third of this data can be affected by cloud cover. Clouds dramatically affect the signal transmission in complex ways due to their different shapes, heights, and distributions and thus contaminate the data from land and water. Cloudy image restoration is a vital step in the remote sensing image processing chain. Correction of cloudy data can substantially increase the number of useable images and pixels available for later applications such as mapping land cover types and sea surface features. Cloud correction techniques

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).

Sedentary life style associated with contemporary society leads to long term health related problems including type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Exertion based game controller systems have proven to be effective in reducing sedentary gaming hours and transforming them into active work-outs. While short term positive health related outcomes have been reported such as elevated heart rates, such systems have inherent challenges that prevent them being adapted as everyday game controller systems, or part of an exercise regime.

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.

Urbanization monitoring using multisource remote sensing imagery for the development of smart cities

With the increasing availability of remote sensing data recorded from multiple sources, comprehensive digitalization of urbanization processes becomes possible, aiming to provide quantitative information for smart city development. Most of the existing approaches for urbanization monitoring, however, are based on individual sensors with limited observation.

Quasi-normal modes of electromagnetic and acoustic systems

Many physical systems are usefully described by their modes, which are found by solving an eigenvalue problem. This is also true for nano-photonic structures such as metamaterials, nano-antennas and plasmonic particles. However, many systems have strong radiation or dissipative losses, and violate many assumptions which are valid for closed systems.

Wood-cement composites particleboards are made of wood chips combined with a cementitious material. Usually, they are manufactured into panels for use by the construction industry in applications such as walls, roof sheathing and tiles, floor, and sound barriers. They have been around for a very long time. However, it is only in recent years that there is a renewed interest in their use. Indeed, because of their excellent thermos-physical properties these panels are ideal candidates for use in green buildings. They are environmentally friendly because they can sequester carbon within.

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.

Bioinspired Perching and Crawling Drones

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are the fastest growing sector of aviation with wide-ranging applications. Apart from flight there exists an urgent necessity for multi-role aerial robots. In spite of the rapid advancement in drone technology, there exist significant limitations including their inability to perform multiple roles.