Industry and project-specific scholarships

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation is pleased to present a number of co-funded industry scholarships.

Drone-based multimodal imaging for effective soil health assessment, monitoring, and decision support systems

Federation University is pleased to partner with CRC for High Performance Soils Limited and Wimmera Catchment Management Authority to offer a PhD scholarship in Information Technology.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $ 28.5k per annum over 3 years
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: A tuition fee scholarship available.
Funding length: 3 years only (no extensions permitted)
Location: Mt Helen/Gippsland/Berwick

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the Soil CRC Drone project scholarship application form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants can be an Australian resident, permanent resident or an international student.

Applicants should contact A/Prof Shyh Wei Teng, shyh.wei.teng@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 4 June 2021

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: 1/7/2021 subject to CRC for High Performance Soils Limited contract finalisation.

Research project outline

Project title: Drone-based multimodal imaging for effective soil health assessment, monitoring, and decision support systems

Effective soil health assessment and monitoring can increase crop production on agricultural lands. Although drone-based multimodal imaging has shown potential in assessing soil health in an efficient and non-destructive manner, proper study on how this approach could be put into practice on agricultural lands is lacking. This PhD Project aims to conduct an in-depth study on using drone-based imaging for soil health assessment and monitoring. The Project also aims to develop a mobile app for the farmer groups and a decision support system for various stakeholders in deciding how drone-based imaging can be deployed for soil health assessment on agricultural lands and to improve productivity.

Industry partner and student host: Wimmera Catchment Management Authority

Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Shyh Wei Teng

A/Prof Shyh Wei Teng is Deputy Dean, in the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia.  His research expertise is in image processing and analytics, remote sensing and artificial intelligence. Since 2004, he has successfully supervised 10 PhD & 1 MPhil students to completion – all within the expected completion time (3.5 years of full-time equivalent candidature) and in core areas of ICT research (9 in image processing/remote sensing and 2 in artificial intelligence). A/Prof Teng actively engages with the industry and has developed innovative digital solutions for organisations, e.g. City of Casey Council’s Smart City team and Australian Paper.

Associate supervisor: Professor Manzur Murshed

Currently, he is a Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia.

He received a BScEng (Hons) degree in computer science and engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1994 and a PhD degree in computer science from the Australian National University in 1999. His research interests include video technology, machine learning, wireless communications, Cloud computing, and security privacy. He has published 230+ refereed research papers, received $5m research grants, and supervised 25 PhDs. He is serving IEEE TMM and served IEEE TCSVT as an Associate Editor.

Associate supervisor: Professor Goujun Lu

Prof Guojun Lu is currently a Professor in the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia.  He has many years’ research experience in artificial intelligence, multimedia signal processing and retrieval, and has successfully supervised over 20 PhD students. He has held positions at Loughborough University, National University of Singapore, Deakin University and Monash University, after he obtained his PhD from Loughborough University and BEng from Nanjing Institute of Technology (now South East University, China). He has published over 230 refereed journal and conference papers and wrote two books.

Co-supervisor: Professor Manoranjan Paul

Prof Manoranjan Paul is currently a Professor in Computer Science, Charles Sturt University.  His research expertise is in hyperspectral sensor, image processing, mobile app, video coding, computer vision, machine learning, and AI. In these areas, he has supervised 15 PhD students in completion on time including six as a principal supervisor. He was awarded an outstanding research supervision award at CSU.

Co-supervisor: Mr Dave Brennan

Mr Dave Brennan is currently the CEO of Wimmera Catchment Authority (CMA). Through the CMA, Mr Brennan works with an extensive network of project partners and early adopter farmers that have extensive expertise in both research and extension, e.g. Department of Agriculture, Birchip Cropping Group and VicNoTill and various Landcare/commodity groups

Soil health assessment integrating IoT and drone imaging

Federation University is pleased to partner with CRC for High Performance Soils Limited and Wimmera Catchment Management Authority to offer a PhD scholarship in Information Technology

Scholarship details

Stipend: $ 12.5k per annum over 3 years from Soil CRC, with an accommodation scholarship valued at $12.5k per annum over 3 years from School of Engineering, IT & Physical Sciences Henry Sutton PhD scholarship scheme.

The Henry Sutton PhD Scholarship does not cover Overseas Student Health Cover (which is compulsory for the period of the COE). The accommodation scholarship provides for single person accommodation only. For successful applicants who require family accommodation, additional charges would apply.

In addition, the scholarship holders may be offered optional paid teaching opportunities within the School.

RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: A Tuition fee scholarship available.
Funding length: 3 years (no extensions permitted)
Location: Mt Helen/Gippsland Campuses.

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the Soil CRC Soil health, IoT, drone imaging scholarship application form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants can be an Australian resident, permanent resident or an international student.

Applicants should contact A/Prof Shyh Wei Teng, shyh.wei.teng@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 8 July 2021

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: 1/7/2021 subject to CRC for High Performance Soils Limited contract finalisation.

Project title: An effective decision support system for soil health assessment and monitoring by integrating IoT technology and drone imaging

Effective soil health assessment and monitoring can increase crop production on agricultural lands. With recent advancement in technology, different modalities of technology have started to be exploited for these purposes. The main objectives of this PhD project are (1) to conduct an in-depth study on how effective soil health assessment and monitoring can be achieved by using state-of-art IoT platforms, and (2) to design and develop additional features in such platforms to integrate drone imaging data.

Industry partner and student host: Wimmera Catchment Management Authority

Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Shyh Wei Teng

A/Prof Shyh Wei Teng is Deputy Dean, in the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia.  His research expertise is in image processing and analytics, remote sensing and artificial intelligence. Since 2004, he has successfully supervised 10 PhD & 1 MPhil students to completion – all within the expected completion time (3.5 years of full-time equivalent candidature) and in core areas of ICT research (9 in image processing/remote sensing and 2 in artificial intelligence). A/Prof Teng actively engages with the industry and has developed innovative digital solutions for organisations, e.g. City of Casey Council’s Smart City team and Australian Paper.

Associate supervisor: Professor Manzur Murshed

Currently, he is a Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia.

He received a BScEng (Hons) degree in computer science and engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1994 and a PhD degree in computer science from the Australian National University in 1999. His research interests include video technology, machine learning, wireless communications, Cloud computing, and security privacy. He has published 230+ refereed research papers, received $5m research grants, and supervised 25 PhDs. He is serving IEEE TMM and served IEEE TCSVT as an Associate Editor.

Associate supervisor: Professor Guojun Lu

Prof. Guojun Lu is currently a Professor in the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia.  He has many years’ research experience in artificial intelligence, multimedia signal processing and retrieval, and has successfully supervised over 20 PhD students. He has held positions at Loughborough University, National University of Singapore, Deakin University and Monash University, after he obtained his PhD from Loughborough University and BEng from Nanjing Institute of Technology (now South East University, China). He has published over 230 refereed journal and conference papers and wrote two books.

Co-supervisor: Professor Manoranjan Paul

Prof Manoranjan Paul is currently a Professor in Computer Science, Charles Sturt University.  His research expertise is in hyperspectral sensor, image processing, mobile app, video coding, computer vision, machine learning, and AI. In these areas, he has supervised 15 PhD students in completion on time including six as a principal supervisor. He was awarded an outstanding research supervision award at CSU.

Co-supervisor: Mr Dave Brennan

Mr Dave Brennan is currently the CEO of Wimmera Catchment Authority (CMA). Through the CMA, Mr Brennan works with an extensive network of project partners and early adopter farmers that have extensive expertise in both research and extension, e.g. Department of Agriculture, Birchip Cropping Group and VicNoTill and various Landcare/commodity groups.

Rotary compressors performance - modelling and optimisation project

Federation University is pleased to to offer a PhD scholarship in School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $30K
Top-Up: $n/a
Project support: $5K
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: $28,500 per annum
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Mount Helen

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must note that they are applying for this project scholarship in their HDR Application Form.

Applicants must be: 1. Australian resident, 2. permanent resident or 3. suitably qualified non-citizen currently residing in Australia.

Applicants should contact Dr. Ibrahim Sultan i.sultan@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 12/06/2021

How to apply: Application information is included here.

Commencement date: 01/07/2021

Rotary compressors performance: modelling and optimisation

Rotary positive displacement (PD) compressors are machines in which an amount of fluid is admitted into a sealed volume which varies with the rotation of a crankshaft. The advantages of these machines over other types are, to name only a few, simple mechanical structure, less moving components and low level of noise and vibration. Despite the fact that some of these machines have been patented as early as the 1890s, they were not given adequate attention by industry due to design and manufacture difficulties beyond the means available to technical staff back then. In the current project, thermodynamical and optimisation models will be developed to evaluate and improve the thermal efficiency, the volumetric efficiency and reliability of these machines.

Industry partner and student host: TBA

Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Ibrahim Sultan

Dr Ibrahim Sultan is a mechanical engineer with a passion for the design and analysis of linkages and drives. His work in the recent years has produced publications in the areas of sustainable manufacture, design of gas pipelines and optimisation of fluid machinery. His current research effort is intended to improve the performance of positive displacement machines by employing stochastic optimisation methods to design their mechanical drives. These improved machines are meant to be more energy-efficient, more reliable and more sustainable. Hence the project proposed for this scholarship opportunity

Associate supervisor: Dr Truong Phung

Dr Truong Phung is a mechanical engineer and a lecturer at Federation University Australia. His research interests are in the field of mechanical design, linkage analysis and synthesis, machine and system dynamics, thermodynamics, and energy conversion. He recently published work in positive displacement fluid processing machine design and optimisation, thermodynamic performance, and the effect of sealing in rotary machines.

Using CFD to improve the performance of rotary compressors

Federation University is pleased to offer a PhD scholarship in the School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $ 30K
Top-Up: $n/a
Project support: $5K
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: $28,500 per annum
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Ballarat - Mt Helen Campus

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must note that they are applying for this project scholarship in their HDR Application Form.

Applicants must be:

  • Australian resident
  • Permanent resident, or
  • Suitably qualified non-citizen currently residing in Australia.

Applicants should contact Dr. Apurv Kumar apurv.kumar@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 12/06/2021

How to apply: Application information is included here.

Commencement date: 01/07/2021

Project title: Using CFD to improve the performance of a class of rotary compressors

To present a rotary compressor designs suitable for manufacturing, it is necessary to improve some fundamentals operating characteristics which are related to the device efficiency and relatability. This project will endeavour to investigate these characteristics which can be listed as follows:

  1. Cooling regimes
  2. Lubrication regimes
  3. Geometric design of the inlet and discharge ports

The work in this project will utilise Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to subject a compressor prototype to selected sets of operating conditions and employ the obtained data in a suitable optimisation technique to find improved reliable compressor designs whose performance is improved. Following the computational work, a prototype compressor will be manufactured and used for a testing regime designed to verify the results of the CFD investigation. The results of this PhD study will create opportunities for the Australian manufacturing industry to invest in a new technology with considerable potential for marketing internationally.

Industry partner and student host: TBA

Principal supervisor: Dr Apurv Kumar

Dr. Kumar was appointed as a full-time lecturer at Federation University Australia in 2019 following an outstanding PostDoc performance at ANU.  He has always shown excellence in research relative to opportunity as evident by his strong track record of publications in high quality journals as well as collaboration with internationally acclaimed leaders of his field. Apurv has a total of 33 research outputs consisting of 13 peer reviewed journal papers, 16 peer reviewed conference papers and abstracts, one international patent and three invited talks. His journal and conference papers have been cited some 151 times and he holds an h-index of 6. Moreover, Apurv has been actively collaborating with top institutions like CSIRO, ANU and the USA Sandia National Laboratory.  He is also an active member of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI).

Associate supervisor: Associate Professor Ibrahim Sultan

Dr. Ibrahim Sultan is a mechanical engineer with a passion for the design and analysis of linkages and drives.  His work in the recent years has produced publications in the areas of sustainable manufacture, design of gas pipelines and optimisation of fluid machinery. His current research effort is intended to improve the performance of positive displacement machines by employing stochastic optimisation methods to design their mechanical drives. These improved machines are meant to be more energy-efficient, more reliable and more sustainable.

Design and optimisation of a CHP driven by a rotary expander

Federation University is pleased to offer a PhD scholarship in the School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $ 30K
Top-up: $n/a
Project support: $5K
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: $ per annum
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Ballarat - Mt Helen Campus

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must note that they are applying for this project scholarship in their HDR Application Form.

Applicants must be

  • Australian resident
  • Permanent resident, or
  • Suitably qualified non-citizen currently residing in Australia.

Applicants should contact Dr Ibrahim Sultan i.sultan@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 12/06/2021

How to apply: Application information is included here.

Commencement date: 01/7/2021

Project title: Design and optimisation of a CHP driven by a rotary expander

This project will feature the design and construction of a 3-5 kW prototype combined heat and power unit which utilises a rotary-type gas expander. The project will involve selection of work medium and heat source as well as optimisation of operating parameters and component designs. Moreover, a control strategy will be designed for the developed CHP plant. The work will also entail a testing and data collection phase to inform future developmental work in this area.

Industry partner and student host: TBA

Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Ibrahim Sultan

Dr. Ibrahim Sultan is a mechanical engineer with a passion for the design and analysis of linkages and drives. His work in the recent years has produced publications in the areas of sustainable manufacture, design of gas pipelines and optimisation of fluid machinery. His current research effort is intended to improve the performance of positive displacement machines by employing stochastic optimisation methods to design their mechanical drives. These improved machines are meant to be more energy-efficient, more reliable and more sustainable. Hence the project proposed for this scholarship opportunity

Associate / co-supervisors: TBA

Improving the Reliability of Streamflow and Water Level Forecasting using Artificial Intelligence Techniques

Federation University is pleased to partner with Snowy Hydro Limited to offer a PhD scholarship in the project titled “Improving the Reliability of Streamflow and Water Level Forecasting using Artificial Intelligence Techniques”.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $ 30,000 per calendar year paid fortnightly
Top-Up: $ 5,000 per calendar year
Project support: $ 4500 (over three years)
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: $ 29,900 per annum
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Mt Helen or Churchill campus

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’
please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the (Scholarship-specific form) along with their HDR application form

The scholarship is available for domestic students (Australian citizens and permanent residents) only.

Applicants should contact Dr Tanveer Choudhury at t.choudhury@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: Applications for the scholarship will be open until filled.

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: To be negotiated

Research project outline

Project title: Improving the Reliability of Streamflow and Water Level Forecasting using Artificial Intelligence Techniques

This research proposes investigation and use of artificial intelligence techniques to develop robust predictive methodology for streamflow and water level based on currently collected time-series data. The project will also look at developing or refining an information management system that facilitates collection and management of the time-series data specifically for robust prediction. Research will include a comprehensive sensitivity analysis to compare current Snowy Hydro methods with the newly developed methods, and to validate and increase confidence in the proposed technique(s).

It is expected the research student would spend periods of time at Snowy Hydro offices and field sites to ensure a sound understanding of both the physical hydrologic systems and also the associated monitoring and information systems Snowy Hydro rely on and use. Time will also be spent to understand
the current predictive models that Snowy Hydro use so that appropriate comparison can be made to the new methods and techniques developed.

Industry partner and student host: Snowy Hydro Limited

Supervisors

Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Andrew Barton

Associate Professor Andrew Barton is the Discipline Leader (Science and Engineering), providing overall academic leadership for the geoscience, mathematics, and various engineering discipline areas. As head of the science and engineering disciplines, Andrew is also a member of the School’s executive
team.

Andrew’s other substantive position is as an Associate Professor in Water Engineering. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Tasmania in the area of experimental fluid mechanics (near wall flows and surface roughness) and civil engineering hydraulics (hydropower systems). He also holds a MEngSc by research from Monash University where he worked on fishway hydraulics and numerical modelling techniques. He has since worked for over ten years in both the water industry and academia in senior engineering, lecturing and management roles developing a national and international profile in water resources engineering and hydraulics.

Andrew has strong research experience spanning the water resources engineering domain through his supervision of several PhD students, past ARC Linkage projects and numerous other research grants, and having published over 100 conference and journals papers. Due to Andrew’s applied research focus, and
highly regarded engineering experience, a range of government and industry clients regularly seek out Andrew for his consulting and expert services.

Andrew is a Chartered Professional Engineer, an Executive Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Associate supervisor: Dr Tanveer Choudhury

Dr Tanveer Choudhury is a Lecturer and program coordinator of mechatronics engineering at Federation University Australia.

Tanveer’s research expertise is in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for predictive modelling and the design and development of control systems for multi-disciplinary engineering applications covering areas of materials and surface engineering, mechanical engineering, water engineering, geotechnical engineering, mining engineering and biomedical engineering. His research also focuses on robotics and automation, and he is actively working on developing an intelligent novel mobile robot navigation algorithm and applying the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop smart power inverter and water quality monitoring systems.

Tanveer holds a PhD in engineering from Swinburne University of Technology, and worked for two years as a radio-frequency engineer at Ericsson, where he was involved with various large-scale telecommunication projects in Bangladesh, Kenya, Benin and the Ivory Coast. He is member of Institute of Engineers Australia and IEEE.

Industry co-supervisor: Dr Thomas Chubb

Dr Thomas Chubb is currently employed as a Senior Atmospheric Scientist at Snowy Hydro. His main area of expertise is in mountain hydrometeorology, with particular focus on orographic impacts on precipitation.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney. He gained his Ph.D. at Monash University focusing on the effects of air pollution on cloud microphysics and orographic precipitation. His research interests include weather modelling with numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems, in-situ measurement of cloud microphysics, and more recently in hydrological prediction using data-driven methodologies.

Improving the Water Quality of Cascade Water Supply Systems using Bio-filtration Techniques

Federation University is pleased to partner with AG Analytics to offer a PhD scholarship in the project titled “Improving the Water Quality of Cascade Water Supply Systems using Bio-filtration Techniques”.

Stipend: $ 30,000 per calendar year paid fortnightly
Project support: $ 4,500 over three years
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: $ 29,900 per annum
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Churchill / Mt Helen campuses

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the (Scholarship specific form) along with their HDR Application Form

The scholarship is available for both international and domestic students (Australian citizens and permanent residents).

Applicants should contact Dr Harpreet S Kandra at h.kandra@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: Applications for the scholarship will close on 28 February 2021 5pm AEDT.

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: To be negotiated

It is anticipated that interviews will be commenced in the week commencing 8 March 2021.

Research project outline

Project title: Improving the Water Quality of Cascade Water Supply Systems using Bio-filtration Techniques

Cascade water supply (or tank) systems have been part of rural Sri Lankan farming practices and community infrastructure for hundreds of years. These cascade systems may harvest water in the relatively clean headwaters of forests and elevated catchments. However, as the water travels downstream, it is repeatedly used for irrigation, excess irrigation water is re-captured, and the accumulation of nutrients and elevated levels of pathogens may occur. Water quality in these water supply systems are vulnerable to deterioration and may impact on public health and farming practices. The problem has grown in recent years as population increases and the application of fertilisers and farm chemicals has increased. Climate change and increasing water resource uncertainty is also a concern in terms of how this might further exacerbate water quality issues.

This PhD will look to borrow from best practice stormwater management to explore aspects of physical and bio-filtration techniques which could be adopted and retrofitted as a low cost method to improve water quality and sustain the viability of cascade water supply systems into the future.

This will be a laboratory based research project to trial different combinations of filtration media to look at aggregate size, porosity, propensity to support biofilms, cross-sectional areas and other important design features. New knowledge will be created around performance and blockage rates and applications towards rural water supply system water quality management.

Industry partner: AG ANALYTICS, Victoria, Australia

Academic supervisors: Dr Harpreet S Kandra & Associate Professor Andrew Barton

Industry co-supervisor: Dr Kithsiri B Dassanayake, Director, AG Analytics

Supervisors

Principal supervisor: Dr Harpreet S Kandra

Dr Harpreet S Kandra is a Lecturer of Civil Engineering at Federation University Australia since 2014. Harpreet holds a PhD in engineering from Monash University, and has worked on projects funded by United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environmental Program, UN Habitat, National Governments and Local Councils. He is a Chartered Engineer- Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, Engineers Australia

Harpreet’s research expertise is in areas of Water engineering and management, Environmental engineering and management, Environmental reporting, Policy analysis, Life cycle assessment, Risk management, Systems thinking, Community and stakeholder engagement. He has published over 50 articles and reports and obtained grants for research, teaching and community focussed projects.

Harpreet’s recent research has been focussed on treating stormwater using non-vegetated filters and understanding evolution in their treatment and hydraulic performance because of clogging processes. He has also modelled data from laboratory results to predict performance of these filters.

Associate supervisor: Associate Professor Andrew Barton

Associate Professor Andrew Barton is the Discipline Leader (Science and Engineering), providing overall academic leadership for the geoscience, mathematics, and various engineering discipline areas. As head of the science and engineering disciplines, Andrew is also a member of the School’s executive team.

Andrew’s other substantive position is as an Associate Professor in Water Engineering. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Tasmania in the area of experimental fluid mechanics (near wall flows and surface roughness) and civil engineering hydraulics (hydropower systems). He also holds a MEngSc by research from Monash University where he worked on fishway hydraulics and numerical modelling techniques. He has since worked for over ten years in both the water industry and academia in senior engineering, lecturing and management roles developing a national and international profile in water resources engineering and hydraulics.

Andrew has strong research experience spanning the water resources engineering domain through his supervision of several PhD students, past ARC Linkage projects and numerous other research grants, and having published over 100 conference and journals papers. Due to Andrew’s applied research focus, and highly regarded engineering experience, a range of government and industry clients regularly seek out Andrew for his consulting and expert services.

Andrew is a Chartered Professional Engineer, an Executive Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Industry co-supervisor: Dr Kithsiri B Dassanayake

Dr Kithsiri B Dassanayake is an experienced Research Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and R&D industries. Skilled in Biophysical Systems Modelling, Climate Change, Hydrology & Water Management, Sustainability, and Life Sciences. Strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Ecological Physiology from The University of Aberdeen, UK. He is currently Director/Principal Consultant at Ag Analytics.

Buninyong & District Community Bank (BDCB) community development - community case study exploration

Stipend: $30,000 per calendar year paid fortnightly
Fees: Research Training Program Tuition Fee scholarship, valued at up to $29,900 per annum will cover the cost tuition fees for successful candidates
Support costs: up to $2000 per year

Eligibility: Applications are open to domestic candidates only.

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Applications close: 

Federation University in conjunction with Buninyong & District Community Bank is pleased to offer a joint scholarship for a PhD candidate in the Federation Business School.

As a branch of Bendigo Bank, Buninyong & District Community Bank is committed to community engagement which will ‘contribute to growth and prosperity of its communities’. Bendigo Bank’s Community Banking Model was established in 1998 to build, nurture and empower communities around Australia through a new approach to banking. This Model is recognised globally for its successful shared value initiative that brings together profit, community development and reputation.

This PhD project aims to examine the Model in terms of how the Buninyong & District Community Bank supports and invests in economic and social sustainability. Then to identify impacts on the community, associated benefits to the bank, and may suggest an approach to defining ‘community impact’, helping to replicate the process in other communities. This is a collaborative project with the bank which takes a case study approach, using qualitative and quantitative financial, economic and social data to address the research aim, with a view to developing recommendations about future improvements, and for learnings that could be applied to the Australia-wide Bendigo Community Bank network.

The successful candidate will be required to participate in an industry placement with Buninyong & District Community Bank during their candidature.

Supervisors

Principal supervisorDr. Jerry Courvisanos, Associate Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Federation Business School
Qualifications: BComm (NSW); MComm (NSW); GradDipEd (NSW); PhD (Newcastle). Experience: Jerry has extensive experience in research projects based on document analysis, survey instruments, interviews and focus groups. His basic research centres on understanding the processes of innovation and their impact on investment spending, business cycles, sustainable development and the long-term development of businesses, the economy and community. This work informs applied research into innovation and entrepreneurial activity for regional development, particularly in Australia. Three funded grant projects completed have been “Time Analysis Research Project – The Study of Small Towns in Victoria (1988)” – Victorian Government sustainability grant, “Building Innovation Capacity: The Role of Human Capital Formation in Large Enterprises” – NCVER project and “Towards a Sustainability Model of the Murray-Darling Basin Economy” – University of Ballarat, Business School funded. Jerry has also participated in three ARC projects on regional development.

Associate supervisor: Dr Jacqueline Tuck, Research Fellow, Federation Business School
Qualifications: BA Economics & Agricultural Economics, Joint Honours (Nottingham), PGCE (Nottingham), PhD (Ballarat).
Experience: As Research Fellow for over eight years, Jackie has both qualitative and quantitative research experience. As a researcher, she has completed two recent NCVER projects, including “Building Innovation Capacity: The Role of Human Capital Formation’ with Jerry Courvisanos, and an ARC project involving qualitative interviews. In particular, Jackie has experience conducting focus groups and undertaking qualitative interviews. Her PhD in the area of social responsibility and reputation utilised a mixed method approach including both focus groups and in-depth interviews.

Industry supervisor: Steven Falconer, Director, Community Investment, Buninyong & District Financial Services Ltd.

For further information contact Associate Professor Jerry Courvisanos on j.courvisanos@federation.edu.au or by telephone on 5327 9417

Tech Gym Industry Scholarship

Federation University is pleased to partner with Tech Gym to offer a PhD scholarship in robotic rehabilitation for stroke survivors.

Stipend: $28,597.00 per calendar year paid fortnightly
Project support: $2000.00
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: $26,400.00per annum
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Gippsland

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the Scholarship specific form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants must be an Australian resident or permanent resident.

Applicants should contact Associate Professor Michael Lee prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 31/08/2021

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: 1/10/2021

Project title: Development of a novel upper limb robotic rehabilitation system for stroke survivors.

This PhD project seeks to challenge current rehabilitation approach for stroke survivors by exploring technological alternatives to maximise recovery of arm and hand function.

The aim of the project is to examine the feasibility of incorporating a novel robotic rehabilitation prototype developed by Tech Gym in an outpatient stroke rehabilitation setting. The project will evaluate both the users’ and therapists’ perception and satisfaction of using the Tech Gym robotic device. A major outcome of this research will be a preliminary research and development capability profile for a consumer-friendly upper limb robotic rehabilitation prototype to reduce the burden of hemiplegia by improving arm and hand function and health outcome in stroke survivors. A subsequent, multi-centre, single-blinded randomised controlled trial will be conducted to formally compare the clinical efficacy of Tech Gym’s upper limb robotic rehabilitation prototype with conventional physiotherapy.

Industry partner and student host: Tech Gym

Tech Gym is the Australian leader for robotic rehabilitation. Our robotic technology provides physical support to the patient to assist them with their rehabilitation exercises. Our goal is to allow patients to return home faster and with a higher level of independence.

Learn about Tech Gym:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV9lWVw0pqM&t=3s

www.techgym.com.au

Supervisors

Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Michael Lee, Associate Professor and Discipline Lead in Physiotherapy, School of Health, Federation University.

Associate and co-supervisors: Dr Peter Stubbs, Graduate School of Health, Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Technology Sydney.

Arid zone restoration project with Greening Australia

Federation University is pleased to partner with Greening Australia to offer a PhD scholarship in the School of Science, Psychology and Sport.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $30,000 pa
Top-Up: NA
Project support: $3,000 pa plus other project support
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: Not applicable
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Mt Helen Campus

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the Arid Zone project scholarship form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants must be an Australian resident or permanent resident.

Applicants should contact Prof. Singarayer Florentine prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: (21/07/2021)

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: 21 August 2021

Research project outline

Project title: Arid zone restoration: generating evidence-based innovative prescription for future

Improving the cost-effectiveness and long-term success of arid zone vegetation restoration is a critical environmental issue, and this project will generate a suite of appropriate restoration techniques based on previous restoration efforts, by developing approaches designed to address problems which have emerged. Outcomes include an on-line decision system to optimize ecological benefits for future financial and human investment in restoration practice, thus providing significant theoretical and economic assistance to organizations attempting to restore arid landscapes using an understanding of factors that affect plant establishment in these environments. This project will contribute to the safeguarding and restoration of Australia’s arid zone.

Industry partner and student host: Greening Australia

Supervisors

Principal supervisor: Professor Singarayer Florentine s.florentine@federation.edu.au

Professor Singarayer Florentine is a restoration and invasive species ecologist, with more than 25 years of experience in research and higher education teaching. He has been specialising in work on ecologically diverse habitats, and has had experience in three different countries. For the last 20 years, at the University of Ballarat and Federation University, Professor Florentine has been active in a number of significant research projects, has been supervising postgraduate and honours students, and has developed undergraduate studies in restoration ecology.

Associate supervisor: Dr Christopher Turville; c.turville@federation.edu.au

Dr Chris Turville is a senior lecturer in Statistics in the School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences at Federation University. He has a PhD in mathematics and statistics and has worked on a wide variety of local and international applied statistical projects since starting at the university in 1999. Dr Turville is currently supervising several PhD and honours students in detecting and determining the impact of cyclones and tropical depressions. He is also supervising research students with their field experiments and glasshouse trials to identify measures that reduce the impacts of agricultural weeds in Australia.

Co supervisor: David Warne DWarne@greeningaustralia.org.au

David Warne has over 25 years of experience as a landscape restoration practitioner with Greening Australia, a national environmental organisation. Most of his work over this period has focussed on large-scale revegetation across western Victoria, with an emphasis on improving native vegetation establishment through direct seeding. David will link this research project to on ground sites (and the associated challenges of establishing native vegetation at scale in low rainfall environments), as well as act as a conduit to the wider Greening Australia and landscape restoration community networks.

How to apply

Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form which co-funded industry scholarship they are applying for. Additionally, applicants for the Bendigo & District Community Banks Scholarship must also complete a Buninyong & District Community Bank Scholarship Application

The Application for Admission Form is available at Apply - Higher Degrees by Research.  All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying.

Applications should include all relevant supporting documentation and FedUni must receive completed referee report forms by the scholarship closing date. As part of their application, prospective Higher Degree by Research applicants are also required to provide:

  • Application for Admission Form
  • Transcripts of all tertiary level academic study
  • Australian citizens must provide a copy of their birth certificate or passport
  • Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their visa and passport
  • List of published work with URL links and/or copy of each publication
  • Copy of honours or masters thesis abstract
  • Evidence for Australian honours equivalency, if applicable.
  • Any awards or accolades
  • Any other evidence of research performance

Federation University partners with local industry to provide research opportunities and regional innovation. If your company or organisation has a project suitable for research and wish to sponsor a higher degrees by research candidate then contact us at research.degrees@federation.edu.au.