Summer Scholarships

What are you planning on doing over the summer? Would you like to work on a project with one of our internationally recognised research groups and get paid $3000 tax-free over 8 weeks?

Each year we offer Summer Research Scholarships to talented students who want to gain insight into research and higher study.

These are open to students within the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment who are at Bachelor degree level or studying the Master of Architecture.

The scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of $3000 over an 8 week period between November and February.

The topics that are available are listed below by discipline for reference.

Applications will open in late October/early November for the 2020-2021 Summer Scholarship Round.

TopicAcademic/s
Critical drawingMichael Chapman
Addressing the lack of equality and diversity within the Australian construction industryHelen Giggins

Digital transformation competencies in the construction industry

Sittimont Kanjanabootra

Developing a digitally based framework for upgrading social housing towards best practice

Chris Tucker, Thayaparan Gajendran, Kim Maund, Jamie Mackee, SueAnne Ware

Models of social housing catering to the occupant needs: Review of current literature

Thayaparan Gajendran, Kim Maund, Chris Tucker, Jamie Mackee, SueAnne Ware

Architecture + Geology: Investigating a coal vernacular

Sarah Jozefiak and Michael Chapman

TopicAcademic/s

Accelerated hydrogen embrittlement and countermeasures

Igor Chaves and Thomas Fiedler

Demonstration of low-cost GPS sensors for soil moisture and sea level measurements

Shin-Chan Han

Physical modelling of soil-pipe interaction

George Kouretzis

Experimental study of rock fragmentation

Olivier Buzzi

Evaluation of the relationship between direct and flexural tensile strength of mortar joints in masonry constructionMark Masia, Mark Stewart and Lewis Gooch
From smart sensing systems to smart farm decision makingIn-Young Yeo, Shin-Chan Han and Greg Hancock
Soil moisture sensing in built environment and irrigation sites to inform the conditional assessment of underground water pipes and water allocation decision makingIn-Young Yeo, Rob Melchers, Shin-Chan Han and Stephen Fityus
Mapping inland water bodies using satellite remote sensing dataXiaoli Deng
Regenerative agriculture and agricultural cropping practices for rural water management in drought-affected areasJose Rodriguez
Development of a UAV camera calibration methodology for surveyorsLloyd Pilgrim
Plastic and water qualityThava Palanisami
Magnetic halloysite for microplastic adsorption and decompositionJiabao Yi and Ajayan Vinu
Magnetic halloysite for water treatmentJiabao Yi and Ajayan Vinu
Degradation of pollutants using carbon based hybrid materialsAjay Karakoti
Development of coatings for self-sterilizing surfacesAjay Karakoti
TopicAcademic/s
Cross-linking structure transformation in the plastic layer during coking of Australian coking coalsJianglong Yu, Soonho Lee
Catalytic conversion of methane to hydrogen in a “cold” plasmaEric Kennedy, Michael Stockenhuber
Modelling rotary kilnEric Kennedy, John Lucas, Michael Stockenhuber
Direct mineralisation of atmospheric CO2Eric Kennedy, Ammar Abu Fara, Tim Oliver, Michael Stockenhuber
Measurement and modelling of semi-coke shrinkageDavid Jenkins, Arash Tahmasebi
Coal to carbon supercapacitorsRohan Stanger
Experiments and simulations of electrostatic particle extraction Peter Ireland, Grant Webber
Specific-ion effects on the stability of mineral suspensionsGrant Webber, Erica Wanless
How does salt change the dynamic interfacial properties of polymer solutions?Grant Webber, Erica Wanless
Extreme cleaning of fine minerals at high throughput using the RFC system Simon Iveson, Kevin Galvin
Application of agglomeration in solid-liquid separation Daniel Borrow, Kevin Galvin
Plastic pipes in the network – generator of microplastics? Thava Palanisami, Kala Senathirajah
Total oxidation of methane at low concentrationsMichael Stockenhuber, Eric Kennedy, Matthew Drewery
Selective oxidation of methane to value added productsMichael Stockenhuber, Eric Kennedy, Guangyu Zhao
Understanding the selective hydrodeoxygenation process to produce biofuelsMichael Stockenhuber, Eric Kennedy, Penghui Yan
Natural zeolites as catalyst supportsMichael Stockenhuber, Eric Kennedy, Luke Harvey
Catalyst design for VAM mitigationMichael Stockenhuber, Eric Kennedy, Matthew Drewery
Catalytic butadiene synthesis from C3 and C2 oxygenatesMichael Stockenhuber, Eric Kennedy, Luke Harvey
Development of two dimensional ternary electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reactionJangmee Lee and Ajayan Vinu
Translation of naturally available clays into advanced hybrid nanomaterials for selective CO2 captureKavitha Ramadass and Ajayan Vinu
Functionalised biocarbon as NanoBinder for the stabilization of organic and inorganic contaminants from gas work contaminated sitesAjayan Vinu and Kavitha Ramadass
Design of novel nanoporous functionalized electrodes for supercapacitorsAjayan Vinu and Stalin Joseph
Fabrication of nanoporous carbon nitrides with tunable pore diameters and nitrogen contents for hydrogen storage applicationKavitha Ramadass and Ajayan Vinu
Synthesis of biodiesel using nanoporous highly acidic catalytic materialsYoshihiro Sugi, Stalin Joseph and Ajayan Vinu
Design of highly ordered metal/metal oxide decorated Carbon – Carbon Nitride hybrid nanostructures for applications in gas adsorption, Supercapacitor and Li-Ion BatteryJangmee Lee and Ajayan Vinu
Design of novel porous graphitic carbon nitride based photocatalyst for hydrogen evolutionJae-Hun Yang and Ajayan Vinu
Design of functionalized activated porous biocarbons derived from biomass for CO2 adsorptionGurwinder Singh and Ajayan Vinu
Advanced nanomaterials for photoelectrochemical reduction of CO2 into clean fuelsAjayan Vinu and Jae-Hun Yang
Single atom doping for water splittingJiabao Yi and Ajayan Vinu
Ferromagnetism of two dimensional (2D) materialsJiabao Yi and Ajayan Vinu
Synthesis of new two dimensional materials by intercalation for energy applicationsJiabao Yi and Ajayan Vinu
Hybrid nanomaterials depicting multiple enzyme like activitiesAjay Karakoti
Nanomaterials for mimicking biocatalysisAjay Karatoki
Development of nanomaterials based filters for managing plasma component filtrationAjay Karatoki
TopicAcademic/s
Computer vision for soccer-playing robotsStephan Chalup, Alex Biddulph, Trent Houliston
Proactively predicting psychological distress from ecological factors: A machine learning approachRaymond Chiong
Facilitating learning for visually-impaired students using a haptic screenAlex Mendes, Shamus Smith
An onboard walk optimiser for the NUgus platform using genetic algorithmsAlex Mendes
Evolutionary algorithms to uncover new primes’ regularities conjecturesPablo Moscato, Nasimul Noman
VR debugger for robotic systemsStephan Chalup, NUbot Team
Processing of micro-computer tomography images of metallurgical coke coupled with 3D visualisation to enhance understanding of coke breakageKeith Nesbitt, Hannah Lomas
Trustworthy switching in software defined networksKallol Karmakar, Uday Tupakula, Vijay Varadharajan
TopicAcademic/s
Understanding feedback in the vestibular systemJames Welsh
Calcium release imaging in a network of cellsJames Welsh
Modelling the de-polarisation of a cell in the vestibular systemJames Welsh
Design and testing of a mouse spinal cord stimulator James Welsh
Preliminary research on intelligent control of networked dynamic systemsZhiyong Chen
Real-time autonomous indoor exploration and mapping Duy Ngo
"Seeing" surroundings by fusing data from radar sensors and cameras Lawrence Ong, Duy Ngo
Avoiding collisions using movement prediction Lawrence Ong, Jamil Khan
Improving radar sensing accuracy using multiple sensors Lawrence Ong, Duy Ngo
Developing a software game for high-school students on data compressionLawrence Ong
Designing secure and efficient communication protocols for the internet of thingsLawrence Ong, Chandra Thapa (Data 61)
Evaluating how much information is leaked in privacy protection methodsLawrence Ong, Chandra Thapa (Data 61)
Designing compression protocols for artificial intelligence devices to communicate efficientlyLawrence Ong, Chandra Thapa (Data 61)
Using artificial intelligence to design communication codesLawrence Ong, Chandra Thapa (Data 61)
Designing algorithms for machine learning to collaborate securelyLawrence Ong, Chandra Thapa (Data 61)
Making artificial intelligence less forgetful when it learns new thingsLawrence Ong, Chandra Thapa (Data 61)
Modelling and simulation of conveyor control systems (Preliminary study)Rick Middleton, Craig Wheeler
Sensor network based grassfire detection and early warning system Jamil Khan, Duy Ngo
Underwater optical data modem and network Jamil Khan
Roadside IoT infrastructure for V2X communication Jamil Khan
Implementation of autonomous guidance, navigation and control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)Jose De Dona, Maria Seron
Determining factors which lead to dementia following strokeSarah Johnson, Adrian Wills
Farm automation and animal trackingAndrew Fleming
Trustworthy switching in software defined networksKallol Karmakar, Uday Tupakula, Vijay Varadharajan
TopicsAcademic/s
Investigation and modelling of impact wear within the mining and mineral processing sectorsKenneth Williams
Performance verification of a diffuser augmented wind turbineSamuel Evans, Joss Kesby
Innovative steep incline conveying system scale model developmentCraig Wheeler
Development of a vibration analysis tester for cohesive bulk materialsMichael Carr
Screw conveying of fuzzy cotton seed: Experiments and discrete element modelling (DEM)Dusan Ilic
Visualising and evaluating dust emissions using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and aerosol monitorsDusan Ilic
Devices for improving male fertilityAndrew Fleming, Mark Baker
Design a testbed for venous pressure sensorYuen Yong, Sarah Johnson
Real time eye tracking algorithms for portable devicesRick Middleton, James Thomas (External Medical)
Development of a DC motor system identification apparatusJoel Ferguson
TopicAcademic/s
Provide international standard advice and develop key enhancements to diffusion type gas detectorsLyazid Djenidi
Novel battery system technology for operating electric vehicles in hazardous areas
Galina Mirzaeva
Develop the MIMO technology into a remote power management applicationAdrian Wills
Validation of proposed cooling transfer development strategyBehdad Moghtaderi
Development of a “smart” monitoring safety system for a conveyor belt lifting technologyCraig Wheeler
Evaluation of aerosol monitor performance for dust emissionsDusan Ilic
Investigate and validate the properties and performance of ATHBehdad Moghtaderi
Software and computer vision data processing in industrial context
Stephan Chalup

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