Successful ARC Linkage Projects 2013

Project: Optimisation of catchment management: stable isotope studies of water storage and yield

Adams, Prof Mark A; Vervoort, Dr Rutger W; Buckley, Dr Thomas N; Simonin, Dr Kevin A; Keitel, Dr Claudia; Hepplewhite, Dr Christopher J

Focusing on the Cotter catchment, this project will establish how the water content of soils and tree stems regulates the amount of water used by trees in sub-catchments, and thus how much reaches streams and dams. Small areas supply most of the water yield and this project will help identify where managers should focus efforts to increase yield.
Partner(s): ACTEW Corporation Limited

Project: Wear-resistant alloys for the mining industry

Cairney, A/Prof Julie M; Dolman, Mr Kevin F; Lucey, Mr Timothy

This project will create new metal matrix composite alloys that are extremely resistant to wear. They will be used in products that are designed and manufactured to meet the highest specifications for robust and reliable use in Australia's mines, which are among the world's most demanding environments.
Partner(s): Weir Minerals Australia Ltd

Project: Prediction of solar activity and space weather by automated analyses of solar radio and magnetic field observations and simulations

Cairns, Prof Iver H; Neudegg, Dr David A

This project will build world-recognised capabilities to forecast space weather events at Earth in time to take protective measures. It involves around the clock automated identification and analysis of specific solar radio bursts, forecasting solar activity that results in transients moving Earth-ward, and simulations to predict when these will reach Earth.

Partner(s): Bureau of Meteorology

Project: CyberMate: using digital social media and Internet data to support mental health interventions in young Australians

Calvo, A/Prof Rafael A; Hickie, Prof Ian B; Doig, Ms Heather; Hosie, Mr Aram

This project will develop CyberMate, which is a novel automated psychological intervention based on data collected from social networks, personal diaries, natural language processing and machine learning techniques. The Internet-based intervention will be the first of its kind, helping young people affected by depression and other mental health issues.
Partner(s): Inspire Foundation

Project: Rekindle sexuality after cancer: development and testing of a novel web-based psychoeducational resource for both survivors and their partners

Lawsin, Dr Catalina; Butow, Prof Phyllis N; Juraskova, Dr Ilona; Lambert, Dr Sylvie; Kay, Prof Judy; McGeechan, Dr Kevin; Boyle, A/Prof Frances M; Batt, Ms Gillian M; Miller, Ms Annie; Brotto, A/Prof Lori; Ritterband, A/Prof Lee

In collaboration with the Cancer Council New South Wales, this project will develop the first web-based psycho-educational resource, Rekindle, that addresses sexual concerns of both survivors and their partners, across all cancer-types, tailored to the unique concerns of each user.


Partner(s): Cancer Council NSW

Project: Hardware-based accelerators for real-time machine learning

Leong, A/Prof Philip; Jin, A/Prof Craig T; Davis, Dr Richard I; Chawla, Prof Sanjay; Chapman, Dr Matthew

This project will tackle the challenge of applying real-time machine learning to massive high-frequency data. This project will leverage advancements in machine learning and hardware synthesis to implement computationally complex machine-learning algorithms on hardware-accelerated platforms, avoiding overhead delays incurred by software running on a processor.


Partner(s): Zomojo Pty Ltd

Project: Development and evaluation of an Australian adult health literacy program for socially disadvantaged adults attending Tertiary and Further Education (TAFE)

McCaffery, A/Prof Kirsten J; Smith, Dr Sian K; Dhillon, Dr Haryana M; Hayen, A/Prof Andrew; Shepherd, Dr Heather L; Comings, Dr John P; Luxford, Dr Karen A; Nutbeam, Prof Donald; Wright, Ms Claire; Meshreky, Ms Wedyan

Improving health literacy, basic literacy and numeracy skills are national priorities in Australia. This project will develop and evaluate a health literacy program to help socially disadvantaged adults improve their health knowledge, language literacy and numeracy skills and feel empowered to participate in decisions about their health.


Partner(s): Social Inclusion and Vocational Access Unit, Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW Ministry of Health , National Prescribing Service

Project: Highly multiplexed rapid-analysis microarrays for early disease diagnosis

McKenzie, Prof David R; Bilek, Prof Marcela M; Stanley, Prof Keith K

Molecular diagnostics are revolutionising the treatment of disease in hospitals by providing rapid and accurate identification of pathogens; saving costs, time and lives. This project will accelerate this revolution by combining new array technology from the University of Sydney with a proven multiplex method from the Sydney based company, AusDiagnostics.


Partner(s): AusDiagnostics Pty Ltd

Project: Micropatterned polymer film coatings for the capture of water directly from the atmosphere

Neto, Dr Chiara; Harris, Prof Andrew T; Thickett, Dr Stuart C; Porter, Mr Barry

This project will produce micropatterned surface coatings that collect large amounts of water from the atmosphere. Through this technology, isolated and drought-prone regions of Australia will be able to partially satisfy their water supply needs, in a manner that is economically and environmentally sustainable.


Partner(s): Nubian Water Systems PTY LTD

Project: High quality benthic and demersal surveys from small form factor underwater robots

Pizarro, Dr Oscar; Williams, A/Prof Stefan B; Edmunds, Dr Matthew J

This project will develop improved surveying systems for environmental consultancies. By enhancing the imaging and mapping capabilities of small underwater robots and extending automated interpretation tools to work with their data, this project will reduce operating costs, and increase the quality and quantity of scientifically useful data that they generate.


Partner(s): Australian Marine Ecology Pty Ltd

Project: Novel therapies to limit renal fibrosis in diverse models of renal disease

Pollock, Prof Carol A; Jarolimek, Dr Wolfgang

Kidney failure is a devastating health, social and financial outcome for the individual, their employer, family and the broader society. This project will carefully dissect mechanisms underpinning the scarring in the kidney that predisposes to kidney failure and will investigate novel therapies to prevent kidney damage.


Partner(s): Pharmaxis Ltd

Project: A toolkit to build the capacity of disability staff to assist adults with intellectual disability to understand and plan for their end of life

Stancliffe, Prof Roger J; Clayton, A/Prof Josephine M; Read, Prof Sue; Jeltes, Ms Gail M

Adults with intellectual disability lack information about death and opportunities to discuss their concerns and wishes. This project will develop and trial a toolkit about end of life to train disability staff. Trained staff will use the toolkit with adults with intellectual disability to help them to understand and plan for end of life and death.


Partner(s): Lorna Hodgkinson Sunshine Home

Project: Earth's best-preserved Archean boninites: do they finally resolve the Archean mantle plume - plate tectonics controversy?

Wyman, Dr Derek A; Clarke, Prof Geoffrey L; Wyche, Mr Stephen; Ivanic, Dr Tim J; Smithies, Dr Robert H

Subduction typically starts on the modern Earth with the eruption of chemically distinctive rocks known as boninites. This project will study remarkably well preserved 2.85 billion year old boninites from Western Australia that may finally establish whether modern-style plate tectonics operated in the first half of Earth's history.


Partner(s): Geological Survey of Western Australia

Project: A tight squeeze: engineering anti-fibrotic depot aerosols that circumvent the epithelia

Young, A/Prof Paul M; Traini, A/Prof Daniela; Oliver, Dr Brian; Jarolimek, Dr Wolfgang

A new molecule for the treatment of pulmonary lung fibrosis has been developed but there is no inhalation medicine capable of targeting the responsible cells. This project will develop an advanced inhalation technology capable of bypassing the lung surface so that we can target the fibrotic cells beneath.


Partner(s): Pharmaxis Ltd