Successful ARC Linkage Projects 2011

Project: A phenomenological approach to improve radioembolisation treatment of cancer

Prof Dale L Bailey, Dr Stephen K Jones, Prof Clive Baldock, A/Prof Zdenka Kuncic

In recent years, radioembolisation for liver cancer has become an effective therapeutic option. However, it is likely that patients are being 'under treated' as doses remain based on results from external radiation therapy. This project will develop a phenomenological approach to radionuclide therapy to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

Funding
2011: $45,000.00
2012: $87,500.00
2013: $87,500.00
2014: $45,000.00

Partner(s): Sirtex Technology Pty Ltd.


Project: Multifunctional surfaces for implantable biomedical devices

Prof Marcela M Bilek, Prof Anthony S Weiss, Prof David R McKenzie

This project aims to improve the quality of life of patients receiving biomedical implants. The project will develop new plasma processing methods to create surfaces for implants that will give control over the response of human tissues. Tissue integration with the device will be achieved where required and infection suppressed.

Funding
2011: $90,000
2012: $180,000
2013: $180,000
2014: $90,000

Partner(s): Cochlear Limited, LfC Sp. z o.o., Spinecell Pty Ltd


Project: Empowering teachers of middle years mathematics: becoming self directed learners

A/Prof Janette M Bobis, Dr Jennifer A Way, A/Prof Judith A Anderson

This project will provide innovative strategies to enhance mathematics teaching and learning of middle years students. It will develop a robust teacher learning development model that can be used by our industry partner and practitioners in the wider educational community to contribute to the development of teachers becoming self directed learners.

Funding
2011: $25,500
2012: $54,000
2013: $52,500
2014: $25,000

Partner(s): Catholic Schools Office


Project: National registration of health practitioners: a comparative study of the complaints and notification system under the national system and in NSW

Prof Elizabeth M Chiarella, Prof Merrilyn M Walton, Prof Belinda J Bennett, Prof Terry R Carney, Dr Patrick J Kelly, Ms Jann P Foster

This project will compare the NSW healthcare complaints system with that of the new Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to provide insight into complaints handling and notification at a state and national level. It will determine best practice in government assessment and resolution methods and reveal complainant experiences.

Funding
2011: $54,645
2012: $109,290
2013: $109,290
2014: $54,645

Partner(s): Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Health Professional Councils Authority


Project: Building occupants survey system Australia

Prof Richard De Dear, Dr Christhina Candido, Mr Andrew C Roussac, Ms Leena E Thomas

The Building Occupants Survey System Australia BOSSA is a post occupancy evaluation instrument. The database will become an Australian benchmark against which particular buildings can be compared, providing both a valuable quality assurance service to building owners and managers, and a resource for researchers in Australian built environments.

Funding
2011: $50,000
2012: $100,000
2013: $100,000
2014: $50,000

Partner(s): Arup Pty Ltd , Brookfield Multiplex Ltd, Investa Properties Group, Stockland Property Management Pty Ltd, The General Property Trust Limited


Project: Med Graphic Avatar a comprehensive, holistic and customisable model for personal health records

Prof Dagan Feng, Dr Xiu Ying Wang, Dr Weidong Cai, Dr Shipeng Li, Dr Wenwu Zhu, Prof Michael J Fulham, A/Prof Stefan Eberl

Our customisable Med Graphic Avatar will open up unprecedented access, intuitive interpretation, smart utilisation, and new understanding of massive, diverse health data, and will herald a revolution in patient centric, holistic medical care, synergising with next generation of participatory, personalised, preventative and predictive eHealth.

Funding
2011: $75,000
2012: $134,000
2013: $118,000
2014: $59,000

Partner(s): Microsoft Research Asia


Project: Closing the loop: understanding the relationships between recreational fishing surveys, fishing regulations and fisheries management objectives

Dr Will F Figueira, Dr Aldo S Steffe

The project aims to improve the management of recreational fisheries in Australia by using model based evaluations to understand the effects of recreational fishing regulations and survey design on the realisation and assessment of fisheries management objectives.

Funding
2011: $17,361
2012: $33,222
2013: $31,722
2014: $15,861

Partner(s): NSW Department of Industry and Investment


Project: Attentional and conditioning mechanisms that mediate overcoming anxiety

Dr Adam J Guastella, Prof Colin MacLeod, Dr Elizabeth M Scott

Anxiety is a common emotion for most Australians that can cause substantial costs for individuals and society. This project uses dominant psychological models to identify critical mechanisms that are believed to predict capacity for, and change in, anxiety. Outcomes substantially advance knowledge about how humans overcome anxiety.

Funding
2011: $45,900
2012: $90,372
2013: $103,700
2014: $59,227

Partner(s): Pearl 100


Project: A cloud computing environment for managing foreign exchange risk

A/Prof Philip Leong

This project involves using parallel computing and machine learning to improve the real time handling of a bank's foreign exchange risk. It will lead to improved techniques to manage exchange rate variations, enabling banks to better assess their risk and will ultimately lead to improved services for Australian companies.

Funding
2011: $62,500
2012: $125,000
2013: $125,000
2014: $62,500

Partner(s): Westpac Banking Corporation


Project: New high performance zinc bromine batteries with novel electrode/electrolyte systems

Prof Dr Thomas Maschmeyer, Prof Tony M Vassallo, A/Prof Anthony F Masters

Renewable sources of energy are of particular interest in the era of diminishing fossil fuels. Efficient energy storage is a missing link for renewable energy. Zinc bromine batteries have great potential as energy storage. This project will aim to fundamentally re design the existing first generation systems to improve power density by 300 400 per cent.

Funding
2011: $80,000
2012: $145,000
2013: $130,000
2014: $65,000

Partner(s): Alpha Chemicals Pty Ltd, ZBB Technologies Ltd


Project: Wealth from water: soil information for new sustainable irrigated agriculture in Tasmania

Prof Alexander B McBratney, Dr Budiman Minasny

Key to sustainable irrigation for agricultural production is an understanding of the soil resource. Conventional methods to obtain soil information are outdated and expensive. This project will develop a new strategy to quantitatively assess soil sustainability and to analyse management options thoroughly.

Funding
2011: $64,729
2012: $122,229
2013: $144,000
2014: $86,500

Partner(s): Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment (TAS)


Project: Cultures of Coast and Sea: maritime environmental, cultural and ethnographic histories of north east Australia, 1770 2010

Prof Iain D McCalman, Dr Stephanie C Anderson, Dr Jude P Philp, Dr Michael B Davis, Dr Nigel P Erskine, Mr Michael Crayford

Using new cross disciplinary approaches and methods, this collaboration between university scholars, museum curators and a philanthropic foundation will study the impact of maritime and marine environmental and cultural change on the peoples and habitats of the Great Barrier Reef and the Torres Strait from the eighteenth century to the present.

Funding
2011: $126,418
2012: $246,162
2013: $246,162
2014: $98,955

Partner(s): Australian National Maritime Museum, Queensland Museum, Silentworld Foundation


Project: Nobody knows anything? Applying pari mutuel prediction markets to the motion picture industry

Dr Jordi McKenzie, Mr David C Court, Prof Charles R Plott

This project will explore the predictability of unreleased motion pictures' theatrical box office revenues using incentive rich pari mutuel prediction markets. The mechanism will promote price discovery and associated probability estimates that will benefit those already investing in the industry as well as encouraging new investment.

Funding
2011: $15,000
2012: $15,000

Partner(s): Australian Film Television and Radio School


Project: Feedthrough technologies for polymeric encapsulated active implants

Prof David R McKenzie, Dr Natalie L James

The project will address the scientific challenges of signal transfer between tissue and novel active implantable medical devices, with major implications for cochlear implant manufacture. This will lead to improvements in the quality of life of the hearing impaired, and will make an important contribution to the development of other sensory implants.

Funding
2011: $97,500
2012: $195,000
2013: $195,000
2014: $97,500


Partner(s): Cochlear Limited, Raymax Applications Pty Ltd


Project: Ecology, impact and control of cane toads on the southern invasion front

Prof Richard Shine

The invasion of cane toads has killed many native animals in tropical Australia, but the toads' southern (NSW) invasion front remains unstudied. This project will build on recent research to understand how toads affect southern biodiversity, and will develop new ways to reduce that impact.

Funding
2011: $63,000
2012: $118,000
2013: $110,000
2014: $104,000
2015: $92,000
2016: $43,000

Partner(s): Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Foundation for Australia's Most Endangered Species Inc, Lismore City Council, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, Tweed Shire Council


Project: Smart house energy management system

Dr Gregor Verbic, Prof David J Hill

This multidisciplinary project will empower Australia's power industry with tools and knowledge that will enable the transformation to be more intelligent and flexible. It will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency by smarter use of the resources at household level.

Funding
2011: $67,500
2012: $137,500
2013: $145,000
2014: $75,000

Partner(s): AUSGRID


Project: Radio resources and inter cell interference management in smart grid wireless access networks

Prof Branka Vucetic, Dr Wibowo Hardjawana

Wireless communications is the key enabler of smart grids. The project will deliver novel radio resource allocation protocols with low latency, high radio spectrum efficiency and reliability for radio access networks in smart grids. The project will develop new technologies with a potential to be implemented in future Long Term Evolution (LTE) machine to machine (M2M) standards

Funding
2011: $35,000
2012: $110,000
2013: $115,000
2014: $40,000

Partner(s): AUSGRID


Project: Supervised autonomy for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) using limited bandwidth communication channels

Dr Stefan B Williams, Dr Oscar Pizarro, Mr Ballard J Blair

The project aims to improve the feedback link between an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and an operator by developing novel acoustic communication schemes that exploit developments in machine learning, network, and communication theory and represents a step towards truly autonomous and intelligent surveying using AUV systems.

Funding
2011: $40,923
2012: $81,846
2013: $81,846
2014: $40,923

Partner(s): Thales Australia


Project: Psychosocial and economic impacts of rare diseases on Australian children, families and health professionals

Dr Yvonne A Zurynski, Prof Elizabeth J Elliott, A/Prof Helen M Leonard, Prof John Christodoulou

Rare childhood diseases have enormous impacts on children and families; health services, and health professionals. This project will enable Australia to lead the international research effort by using a coordinated approach to study the impacts of rare diseases in order to improve psychosocial, health and economic outcomes for children and families.

Funding
2011: $54,565
2012: $98,168
2013: $103,824
2014: $60,222

Partner(s): Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Smile Foundation Limited , Steve Waugh Foundation , The Association of Genetic Support Australasia, The Children's Hospital at Westmead