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Research

The School of Engineering and Technology has a number of active research areas covering an array of interests in building forensics and civil engineering; clean energy; engineering and technology education; intelligent systems; mechatronics, automation and mobile technology; and railway engineering, technology and innovation. Research by the School of Engineering and Technology predominantly involves strong links with peak professional bodies, government and industrial partners, both locally and further afield.

Research and Research Higher Degree student supervision is concentrated in the following areas:

Building forensics and civil engineering

The building forensics and civil engineering group proactively investigates and improves building methods, materials and design processes to ensure optimum performance; to provide a safe and healthy environment for all users; and to deliver economic efficiency and resilience benefits to the industry and community.

Research is carried out in the following areas:

  • design and assessment of innovative building systems and materials;
  • analysis of post construction failures, including concrete and timber construction;
  • risk assessment of approval and procurement processes;
  • assessment of existing building practice to optimise the person/environment fit.

Active researchers in the Building Forensics and Civil Engineering include:

Clean Energy

Clean energyresearch includes the application of energy efficient technologies and the production of sustainable and clean energy from renewable and alternate sources. The group focuses on energy modelling, smart grids and distributed intelligent systems for the optimum operation of energy systems.

More specifically, clean energy research focuses on:

  • renewable and sustainable energy technologies (solar, wind and biofuels; hybrid and integrated energy systems)
  • building energy optimisation (smart buildings; building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system; low energy cooling; passive air cooling system, rooftop greenery system and phase change materials (PCMs)
  • industrial energy (energy systems and efficiency improvement in resource and process industries, power generation and low carbon technologies)
  • energy storage and control systems that support renewable technologies
  • smart grids with a special emphasis on power electronic applications, intelligent power systems protection and power system condition monitoring
  • rural electrification and Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) Systems.

Active researchers in the Clean Energy group include:

Early career and emerging researchers include:

Engineering and technology education

The engineering and technology education group conducts research in four main areas:

  • engineering Education focused on graduate outcomes, employability, teamwork, e-portfolios, educational technology, sustainability, curriculum design, and project-based learning;
  • technology Education focused on teaching complex multi-step problem solving, functional decomposition, computer programming and other skills specific to the discipline;
  • rducational Technology focused on how technology can be applied to other disciplines (Health, Medicine, Business) to enhance learning and teaching for instance through serious games, simulation based learning and mixed-media visualization. and ;
  • changing Technology Culture focused on how technology is changing the way we learn for instance, through remote laboratories, electronic exams and enhanced distance education.

Active researchers in the engineering and technology education group include:

Early career and emerging researchers in the engineering and technology education group include:

Intelligent systems

The intelligent systems group conducts research in four main areas:

  • neural, evolutionary and fuzzy computation,
  • pattern recognition and data mining,
  • image processing,
  • simulation and modelling.

Active researchers in the intelligent systems group include:

Early career and emerging researchers include:

Mechatronics, automation and mobile technology

The mechatronics, automation and mobile technology (MAMT) group focus on the following research areas:

  • development of rail vehicle mechatronics systems;
  • development of robotic and mechatronic solutions for agricultural and industrial problems;
  • sensor design and sensor networking;
  • control systems design and optimization;
  • biomedical instrumentation.

Active researchers in the MAMT group include:

Railway Engineering, Technologies and Innovation

The railway group concentrates its research efforts in the Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE) in four main areas:

  • railway Engineering focusing on multi-body dynamics, non-linear modelling, control and mechatronics providing railway specialisations in train, traction and vehicle dynamics, energy, fatigue failure, wear, accident investigation, wheel/rail contact mechanics,  tribology,  friction and operational management, track structures, soils and erosion.
  • dynamics Simulation and Modelling focusing on train, traction and vehicle simulation, energy, automation, fatigue failure, wear, and interaction of vehicle and track structures.
  • product Development and Prototyping  from research to commercialisation stages.
  • strategic optimisation using high performance computing optimisation methods.

Researchers in the CRE are currently engaged in co-operative research with: The Rail Manufacturing CRC (RMCRC) and; The Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI).

Active researchers in the Railway Engineering group include: