ARC successful 2013

The Australian Research Council has recognised the leadership and innovation of our engineering researchers bestowing the faculty seven of its prestigious annual awards.

Five Discovery Projects grants were received by our research teams who are at the forefront of their research disciplines including areas such as biomedical technology, robotics, civil and aeronautical engineering.

Our experts leading the research grants include:

Professor David Feng director of research at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, who will lead a research team developing methods of extracting and harnessing knowledge in the mass volumes of biomedical imaging data that is currently generated in healthcare. The team will use an innovative information technology that has already developed a 'virtual human body'.

Professor Kim Rasmussen head of the School of Civil Engineering who says the building industry is seeing a rapid uptake of joining two or more cold-formed steel sections to form large built-up sections with high carrying capacities. The funded project will provide guidelines and numerical tools for the efficient structural design of built-up sections through both experimental and theoretical research.

Dr Luming Shen, senior lecture in structural engineering says his group is interested in extreme loading induced by impacts, such as explosives or earthquakes. They can generate stress wave propagation through unsaturated media and lead to rock fracturing and soil liquefaction. The consequence include severe damage to civil, mining and military infrastructures and operations. The funded project aims to develop a novel experimentally-validated theory, with associated models.

Robotics expert Professor Salah Sukkarieh will investigate how the viewpoint of a robot affects both the density of three-dimensional data points and the areas that are unobservable due to occlusions. The project outcomes will open up a whole new approach to the process of autonomously gathering information about objects in outdoor environments.

Shape changing structures that play an imperative role in aerospace, automobile, energy and other industries is the focus of the work conducted by Professor Liyong Tong. His project aims to develop novel concepts extracted from nastic motion in plants and relevant computational algorithms for the design of nastic cellular structures with osmotic actuation.

Postdoctoral researchers Fabrizo Frati and Young Choon Lee, both from the School of Information Technologies, were recipients of Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards.

Fabrizio will continue his work on morphings of graph drawings. He aims to design algorithms for constructing morphings between graph drawings that find applications in several areas of computer science, including computer graphics, animation, and modelling.

Young Choon Lee whose work is focussed on Distributed Computer technology will develop nonintrusive resource allocation and scheduling solutions that enable collocated workloads to organically use resources. These solutions will exploit the heterogeneity and dynamicity of cloud data centres that are often perceived as the main hurdles of resource management.