Available Projects
Title | Project Description | Level | Supervisor(s) |
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Locality from dynamics |
All fundamental interactions known in nature are local: only close-by systems can interact. But where does the very notion of closeness come from? Ultimately, we only learn about spatial relations through physical systems, it should thus be possible to understand the locality... |
Honours Project | Dr Fabio Costa |
Quantum Information on indefinite causal structure |
Quantum information has developed in the last decades into a broad field, offering several promising applications for future technology and deep insights into the foundations of physics. Very recently, first steps have been made in the direction of theoretically characterising and experimentally... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Dr Fabio Costa |
Modelling of epithelial mono-layers |
This project is in collaboration with the experimental group of A. Yap (UQ). We are interested in understanding how the signaling cascade starting from cortical Anillin and Rho proteins affects cortical contractility in eptihelial cell monolayers. To this end we want to simulate a "pseudo-... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr. Dietmar Oelz, Dr. Zoltan Neufeld |
Player Valuation in Rugby League |
Traditional models of player valuation in Rugby League use summary statistics to estimate the value of a player. Some examples include: minutes played, tackles made, tackles missed, hit ups made, metres gained, tries scored, try assists, errors, penalties conceded and kick effectiveness.... |
Honours Project Summer Project Winter Project |
Dr Michael Forbes, Dr Alan Huang |
High-Tech Sundials |
A “digital sundial” has recently been created using 3-D printing and open-source code [Ref: http://www.mojoptix.com/2015/10/25/mojoptix-001-digital-sundial/]. This high-tech product uses the classic... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Margaret Wegener |
Developing an Undergraduate Holography Lab |
A method for recording holograms that requires no chemical processing offers greater feasibility to include holography in practical physics classes [Ref: Chiaverina, C.“The Physics Teacher” vol. 48, November 2010, P 551-552]. This project will investigate the possibilities of “... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Margaret Wegener |
Developing Online Interactive Resources for Physics Learning |
These projects, on developing and evaluating innovative teaching material, will focus on particular aspects of a larger, team-based Physics education researchproject, eg: further development of “5-Minute Physics” dynamic, interactive e-learning resources [Ref: https://teaching.smp.uq... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Margaret Wegener, Assoc. Prof. Tim McIntyre |
Gravitational Quantum Physics |
The regime where general... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Dr Magdalena Zych |
The Coffee Ring |
Investigate formation of a coffee ring using luminescent nanodiamonds. |
Honours Project | Dr Taras Plakhotnik |
Directional switching due to tug-of-war in intra-cellular cargo transport |
Suitable for: Students with interests in mathematical biology, modelling and numerical simulation. Students with a variety of backgrounds are welcome. Project description: In biological cells cargo is transported by molecular motor... |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project Winter Project |
Dr Dietmar Oelz |
Truck Scheduling in the Postal Service Industry |
Consider other ways of formulating and solving the problem described in the attached paper. Specifically, consider Network Flow models with Lazy Constraints. |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Michael Forbes |
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Scheduling |
Consider alternative solution techniques to the problem examined in the linked document. https://repository.asu.edu/attachments/134788/content/Adler_asu_0010E_13619.pdf |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Michael Forbes |
Prioritization via Stochastic Optimization |
Implement the approaches described in the attached paper using disaggregated Benders Decomposition. |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Michael Forbes |
Modeling Two-Dimensional Guillotine Cutting Problems via Integer Programming |
Re-implement the solution techniques in the attached paper, using Lazy Constraints where appropriate. |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Michael Forbes |
Cosmology and Black Holes with the Dark Energy Survey |
With the Dark Energy Survey (DES) over five years we are observing about 300 million galaxies, expect to discover about 3000 supernovae, and are getting time-lapse measurements of almost 800 Active Galactic Nuclei. We have just completed the fourth year of a five-year observing campaign,... |
Honours Project | Tamara Davis |
Modelling of Sustainable Fisheries |
The Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics (CARM) is a School Centre in the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland. The Centre is co-funded by... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Professor Jerzy Filar, or other staff members associated with CARM |
Lie superalgebras |
Lie algebras, Lie groups, and their representation theories are instrumental in our description of symmetries in physics and elsewhere. They also occupy a central place in pure mathematics where they often provide a bridge between... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Associate Professor Jorgen Rasmussen |
Superfluidity in a trapped Bose-Einstein condensate with an oscillating barrier |
Floquet theory finds solutions to Hamiltonian systems that are periodic in time. They are easy to find via ... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Professor Matthew Davis |
Mass flows between close binary stars |
The mass of a star is a fundamental property governing its evolution. The evolution of single stars is well understood but some very close binary stars can transfer mass from one star to the other, resulting in strange evolutionary paths. We will ... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Prof David Moriarty (principal), Prof Michael Drinkwater (associate) |
Finite temperature Josephson junctions |
When two superfluids are connected by a weak link, they exhibit the Josephson effect – oscillations in the current between the two fluids. This project would... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Professor Matthew Davis |
Nonequilibrium superfluid flows |
See Mason, D. J., Borunda, M. F., & Heller, E. J. (2015). Revealing the flux: Using processed Husimi maps to visualize dynamics of bound systems and... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Professor Matthew Davis |
Tensor Network / Matrix Product State methods for computational quantum many-body problems |
Tensor Networks provide a representation of a quantum many-body wave-function (or a classical partition function) that is suitable for computational methods, mainly for low-dimensional problems (1D and 2D). The most mature branch of tensor networks is known as Matrix Product States (MPS), also... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
DR Ian McCulloch |
Modern Statistical Inference |
As our world is becoming more and more complex, Statistics remains the most principled way to make some sense of all this randomness. A quote by Hal Varian, Chief economist at Google, conveys a lot about the current relevance of statistics:
“I keep saying... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Professor Dirk Kroese |
Advanced Monte Carlo Methods |
Many real-world quantitative problems are solved nowadays through Monte Carlo methods: that is, through random experiments on a computer.... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Professor Dirk Kroese |
Honours/Master project: Real time measurement of BEC position and moments |
Exisiting at temperatures near absolute zero,... |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Tyler Neely, Dr Mark Baker |
Models for counts |
Count data often exhibit deviations from a nominal Poisson distribution. This project will look at ways to handle such deviations, both parametrically and non-parametrically. |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Alan Huang |
Card shuffling and other random processes |
Why are seven shuffles enough to randomise a deck of cards (Bayer & Diaconis, 1992)? Can we extend this result to other types of shuffles? What other random processes can we... |
Honours Project | Dr Alan Huang |
Active magnetic field cancelling |
Our planned production of spinor condensates will require careful control of external magnetic fields. In an effort to do this, we will be... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Tyler Neely |
Destructive/non-destructive darkground imaging of BECs and lattice physics |
This project will centre on implementing and characterising the darkground imaging... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Tyler Neely |
Sculpting the BEC wavefunction - Experiment |
Our lab has recently demonstrated the ability to control the density of an 87Rb BEC on a... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Tyler Neely |
Scheduling Arrivals to a Processor Sharing Congestion System with Linear Slowdown: Integer Programming Techniques |
Develop Integer Programming models and solution techniques for exact or heuristic solutions to the problems described in this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.03136 |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Forbes, Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
Flinders Hamiltonian Cycle Project |
Statistical analysis of and development of solution techniques for the problems in the FHCP Challenge Set ... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Forbes, Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
Modelling the growth and treatment of brain tumours |
The research project will develop a biologically realistic mathematical model and computer simulations of the growth of glioblastoma brain... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Zoltan Neufeld |
Macroscopic entanglement and Bell inequality tests with ultra-cold atoms |
PhD, Masters, Honours, and Summer projects are available in the area of fundamental tests of quantum mechanics in macroscopic regimes. The project addresses an open fundamental question in physics of how quantum mechanics applies to systems... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan |
Stochastic quantum hydrodynamics: a new theoretical approach to nonequilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems |
The project aims to develop a new theoretical approach - stochastic quantum hydrodynamics - to understand one of the grand challenges of physics: how do complex, many-particle systems evolve in the quantum realm when driven far from equilibrium? Understanding the out-of-equilibrium of such... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan |
Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory |
Student projects are available in the areas of dynamical systems and ergodic theory. Possible topics include the analytical and computational study of metastable and coherent structures. Such structures encode important properties of the long term behaviour of the underlying system. They have... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Cecilia González Tokman |
Gauss-Bonnet Formula for Singular Surfaces |
The Gauss-Bonnet formula is one of the most important results in differential geometry, relating the geometric curvature of a closed surface with the topological Euler characteristic. In this project, you will conduct research on a... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Huy The Nguyen |
Eigenvalues of the Laplacian on a Riemannian Manifold |
For Riemannian manifolds, there is a natural differential geometric... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Huy The Nguyen |
Simulating superradiance |
Superradiance occurs when several emitters emit radiation in phase, causing the emission to occur much faster than it would if each emitter was independent. This project is about simulating... |
Honours Project | Dr Ivan Kassal |
Theory of organic photovoltaics |
Organic solar cells differ from conventional (inorganic) ones in several ways. Most importantly, organic materials are disordered, meaning that charges tend to be localised and move by hopping---quite distinct from the band transport in... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Dr Ivan Kassal |
Curve Shortening Flow |
The curve shortening flow is a parabolic geometric flow, which belongs to the family of equations which includes the Ricci... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Huy The Nguyen |
Exploring the Phase Transition in Inhomogeneous Random Graphs |
In 2007, B. Bollobas, S. Janson, and O. Riordan published an important paper titled ``The Phase Transition in Inhomogeneous Random Graphs,'' which gives properties of a very... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Spherical Functions |
A classical result due to MacDonald shows that certain functions (so-called spherical functions) that appear in representation theory of p-adic groups are well known symmetric functions. This project will study this theorem of MacDonald,... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Peter McNamara |
Creating a Peculiar Velocity Module for CosmoMC |
Although there are many surprising aspects of our current model of the Universe, much of the confidence in the model comes from many independent observational methods which all point to the same picture. As such, one of the essential tools in cosmology is the ability to easily combine... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr. Ed Macaulay |
Simultaneous Fits for Cosmology and Peculiar Velocities |
Studying the velocities of galaxies is one of the most direct methods we can use to map out the invisible ‘Dark Matter’, which appears to comprise much of the Universe. Conventionally, this is done in two distinct steps: firstly, observational parameters are fitted to the... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr. Ed Macaulay |
Creating a Peculiar Velocity Module for CosmoMC |
Although there are many surprising aspects of our current model of the Universe, much of the confidence in the model comes from many independent observational methods which all point to the same picture. As such, one of the essential tools in cosmology is the ability to easily combine... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr. Ed Macaulay |
Efficient Simulation of Random Networks |
The properties of complex networks are difficult to study without the aid of simulation, and so efficient and reliable simulation techniques for random networks are of great interest. Two such methods are degree distributions and graph motifs. In this project, you will investigate... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Empirical Study of Stochastic Network Games |
Stochastic game theory is the study of strategic interactions between actors in an environment where their payoffs are affected by the actions of all players in the past. In this project, you will investigate in simulation simple models for stochastic network games, where the environment... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Estimation and Inference on Random Networks |
Social, economic, and infrastructure networks are crucially important to today's increasingly connected world. In this project you will investigate how to estimate models of dynamic networks and conduct inference for these... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Photometric analysis of close eclipsing binary stars |
The mass of a star is a fundamental property governing its evolution. Binary stars provide a means to obtain stellar masses accurately when the orbital period and velocities of the components can be determined. Eclipsing binaries are particularly important as the inclination of the orbit to our... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Prof David Moriarty (adjunct), Prof Michael Drinkwater |
Combinatorial Benders' Cuts for the Strip Packing Problem |
In this project students will implement the algorithms in the attached paper, possibly improving them by making more general use of lazy constraints. |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Forbes |
Exact solutions of the strongly coupling Hubbard model and the proof of Hund’s rules |
The Hubbard model is the simplest possible model of systems of interacting electrons and is believed to describe the basic physics of many materials from high-temperature superconductors, to organic spin-liquids, to cold atoms in optical traps. Yet it has only been solved exactly in three... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
A/Prof Ben Powell |
Game theory and algebraic geometry |
Nash's equilibrium is a celebrated result in mathematics and economics. It is one of the foundational results in game theory. The aim of this project is to explore the relationship between game theory and algebraic geometry. |
Honours Project | Masoud Kamgarpour |
World Championship Scrabble |
The aim of this project is to implement and improve upon the algorithms in the attached paper. This will likely be done using Stochastic Dynamic Programming for the end game and Approximate Dynamic Programming, or similar, for the early and middle game. Would suit someone with very... |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Forbes |
BYOP - Bring Your Own Problem |
Due to the rapid advances in solution techniques in many areas of Operations Research, interesting projects can arise from applying up to date solution techniques to past papers, even very recent papers. At an Honours level this may... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Forbes |
Algorithms for the Minimum Connected Dominating Set Problem |
This project considers the attached paper: Benders Decomposition, Branch-and-Cut, and Hybrid Algorithms for the Minimum Connected Dominating Set Problem. The paper applies Benders Decomposition by repeatedly solving the master problem and adding Benders cuts. This... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Forbes |
Mathematical models for real time or turn based strategy games |
Many real time and turn based strategy games have an initial phase of game play, before interaction with any opponents, that is almost completely focused on economic and/or military development. This project would look to build stochastic dynamic programming models of this stage of one or... |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Forbes |
Efficient Simulation for the Poisson Lily-Pond Model |
The Poisson lily-pond model is a spatial germ--grain process, whose ``germs'' are points of a Poisson process with ``grains'' growing at uniform rate from these germs, stopping when their boundaries touch. While some results regarding the size of the largest connected... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Importance Sampling for Diffusion Processes via Path-Dependent Mapping |
A diffusion process on a Riemannian manifold has infinitesimal generator which is fundamentally related to the Laplace--Beltrami operator on that manifold. For a... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Efficient Parameter Estimation for Signals from Laser Interferometers |
The excess-phase model for interferometric signals is a simple model which well captures much of the complex behaviour observed in laser interferometers. ... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Sequential Importance Sampling with Mixture Models |
Mixture models are a powerful tool for many statistical applications, including density estimation from data. |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Numerically Stable Simulation of Stochastic Differential Equations Driven by Empirical Processes |
Stochastic differential equations driven by Brownian motion or L\'evy processes are well established as models for many real-world phenomena. Just as there are efficient... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Efficient Estimation for Heavy-tailed Random Sums of Light-Tailed Random Variables |
Random sums of random variables arise in many contexts of applied probability such as the probability of buffer overflow in queues, or when considering the probability of ruin for risk models. When such quantities of interest cannot be evaluated precisely, there are many well established... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Thomas Taimre |
Understanding the effects of individual variation on population dynamics |
Recent empirical studies have shown that trait variation among individuals in a population can have a significant impact on population dynamics. Given the considerable resources devoted to managing populations in Australia, it is vital individual variation be understood. We will use the tools of... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Professor Phil Pollett, Dr Ross McVinish |
Diagram algebras and integrable lattice models |
Diagram algebras offer an intriguing mathematical environment where computations are performed by diagrammatic manipulations. Applications include knot theory and lattice... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Associate Professor Jorgen Rasmussen |
Theory and computation of nonparametric generalized linear models |
Generalized linear models have quickly become indispensable tools for the... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr. Alan Huang |
What turns spiral galaxies into elliptical galaxies in galaxy groups? (Observational Part) |
Supervisor: Prof Michael Drinkwater It is well known that dense galaxy clusters contain a much higher fraction of elliptical galaxies compared to spiral galaxies than more typical less... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Prof Michael Drinkwater |
How typical is our Local Galaxy Group? |
Supervisor: Prof Michael Drinkwater
This project will uncover how unusual the Local Group is by comparing the MW and... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Prof Michael Drinkwater |
Theory and Computation of Nonparametric Generalized Linear Models (Note: To Be Supervised by Dr Alan Huang commencing February 2014) |
Generalized linear models have become indispensible tools for the analysis of biomedical, agricultural and engineering data. Recently, there has been some exciting work on novel extensions of generalized linear models that relax... |
Honours Project | Dr Alan Huang (Note: Commencing in February 2014) |
Two tier integer programming using Benders style objective estimates |
Benders Decomposition can be applied to problems with two tiers of decision variables, where the top tier are integer variables and the second tier are continuous variables. This project would look at the application of similar approaches to problems where both tiers have integer... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Michael Forbes |
Root systems and their applications in representation theory |
Root systems are one of the most remarkable structures elucidated in 20th century mathematics. They have a simple definition in terms of linear algebra and combinatorics, but have... |
Honours Project | Masoud Kamgarpour |
Design of organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) |
To head of the threat to the planet posed by climate change we need to develop radical new technologies that change the way we generate and use electricity. Solar cells and OLEDs represent two sides of this coin (light... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
A/Prof Ben Powell |
Quantum many-body theory of organic superconductors |
High temperature superconductivity is one of the great unsolved problems in physics. In order to understand it we must solve the Schrodinger equation for ~1023 electrons that are interacting strongly with one... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
A/Prof Ben Powell |
Universal ratios in condensed matter |
Ratios have provided fundamental new insights many phenomena. Ratios that take the same value in almost all situations are particularly useful as when they deviate from their usual value it is a clear signature that something interesting is happening. The... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
A/Prof Ben Powell |
Splitting the electron in a spin liquid |
Spin liquids are exotic phases of mater where quantum fluctuations suppress classical long-range order. They are of particular interest because they may support deconfined ... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
A/Prof Ben Powell |
Atomtronic devices for fundamental tests of quantum mechanics |
Unlike electronics, devices based around ultra-cold atoms aren’t strongly coupled to the environment through the electromagnetic interaction, so make an ideal test-bed for tests of coherent... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Dr. Simon Haine |
Star formation in galaxies falling into clusters |
In the hierarchical Universe galaxies come together to form large galaxy clusters, which attract more galaxies to the present day. As a galaxy is being assembled into such a cluster, its properties such as the rate at which it is forming stars change rapidly. Several magnificent examples of such... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr. Smriti Mahajan |
What turns spiral galaxies into elliptical galaxies in galaxy groups? (Theory Part) |
Supervisor: Prof Michael Drinkwater It is well known that dense galaxy clusters contain a much higher fraction of elliptical galaxies compared to spiral galaxies than more typical less dense regions of the Universe. Many processes... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Prof Michael Drinkwater |
5-Minute Physics |
Development and evaluation of dynamic, interactive e-learning modules for pre-class preparation. |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Tim McIntyre, Dr Margaret Wegener |
Applications of Approximate Dynamic Programming |
Approximate Dynamic Programming (ADP) is an emerging area within Operations Research. Projects could investigate the application of ADP to a specific difficult stochastic optimisation problem, especially in a domain where the... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Michael Bulmer, Dr Michael Forbes |
Quantum enhancement of light harvesting in sunlight |
Photosynthetic organisms harvest light through large antenna complexes containing many chlorophyll molecules. Recent experiments have found that energy may be transported through antenna... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Dr Ivan Kassal |
Developing the next generation of photon sources for quantum photonics. |
The major roadblock for optical quantum information technologies is the absence of reliable single- and entangled- photons sources. The standard technique to generate such states employ the photons... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Dr Marcelo de Almeida |
Robust narrow-band single photon source |
Hybrid quantum technologies seek to alleviate the short commings of two individual quantum architectures by moving the information between the two systems. Commonly one seeks to exploit the excellent readout and storage capabilities of... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Dr. Till Weinhold |
Hybrid Quantumoptics - Storing and interacting photons in atoms. |
Quantum communication is already the first commercial application of quantum technology allowing the secure sharing of secrets over a dedicated channel. However the achievable distances are limited due to the inability to build efficient quantum repeaters —systems that teleport the quantum... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr. Till Weinhold |
Photon-photon interactions mediated by integrated micro-resonators |
Photons are one of the strongest candidates to implement scalable quantum computing and simulation architectures [1]. They are ideal for the distribution of quantum information and can be readily manipulated using a wealth of existing telecommunications technologies. However, the primary... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr. Till Weinhold & Dr. Michael Vanner |
Surfaces with Critical Curvature Bounds |
Surfaces are 2-dimensional objects that play a fundamental role in differential geometry and its applications. When surfaces are immersed in an ambient space they have a natural associated energy called the Willmore energy (or the elastic... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Huy The Nguyen |
Geometric Flows |
The field of geometric flows has seen significant recent activity with notable achievements such as the resolution of the geometrization conjecture, Poincaré's ... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Huy Nguyen |
Mathematical and computational modelling of biological tissues: mechanical properties and morphogenesis |
This project will investigate the role of mechanical interactions between cells in determining the structure, morphology of different types of biological tissues. The project will use mathematical models, based on partial differential equations and/or stochastic models of interacting... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Zoltan Neufeld |
Mathematical modelling of epidermal self-renewal and radiation induced cancer progression |
The aim of this project is to understand the hierarchy and relative contributions of different stem cell populations to epidermal homeostasis and develop a comprehensive computational model that accurately describes the hierarchy and spatial/temporal organization of tissue self-renewal. This... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Zoltan Neufeld |
Quantum control and measurement of superconducting quantum circuits |
A number of Honors and Summer projects are available in the Quantum Device Laboratory, The University of Queensland. The student will have unique... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Arkady Fedorov |
On Modelling Heterogeneous Data via Finite Mixture Distributions |
Finite mixture distributions have become increasingly popular in the modelling and analysis of data due to their flexibility. This use of finite mixture distributions to model heterogeneous data has undergone... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Professor Geoff McLachlan |
Statistical Analysis of Microarray Gene-Expression Data |
This project is concerned with some of the problems and issues associated with the statistical analysis of microarray gene-expression data. One problem concerns the identification of genes that are differentially expressed between different classes containing tissue samples taken from subjects... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Professor Geoff McLachlan |
Critical Assessment of Automated Flow Cytometry Data Anlaysis Techniques |
Traditional methods of analysing flow cytometry data rely on subjective manual gating. As modern day machines can now provide data on... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Professor Geoff Mclachlan |
Clustering of High-Dimensional Data |
This project is concerned with the clustering of high-dimensional data where the number of variables is much larger than the number of experimental units. Consideration is to be given to the suitability and effectiveness of the use of factor models to enable normal mixture... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Professor Geoff McLachlan |
Geometric PDE: Prescribed Curvature Problems, the Ricci Flow, and Yang-Mills Theory |
There are multiple projects available in the field of geometric partial differential equations. Most of these projects focus on prescribed curvature problems, the Ricci flow, and Yang-Mills theory. The questions they address are related to general relativity, quantum field theory, and other... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Artem Pulemotov |
Autonomous Robotic Flight. |
There is growing interest in building and deploying small robotic aircraft for a variety of civilian applications. This project will continue on from an engineering thesis project carried out during 2012 to build a robotic airplane... |
Honours Project | Dr Tom Stace |
Building the World’s best Thermometer in a Small Glass Tube. |
Over the last 3 years we have been developing a theory to understand the ... |
Honours Project | Dr Tom Stace |
Quantum Error Correction. |
When building a quantum computer, or other quantum processing device, it is important to be able recover from errors that may arise. This is accomplished using error correcting codes, which redundantly encode quantum information in... |
Honours Project | Dr Tom Stace |
Non-Markovian Quantum dynamics. |
Many quantum systems interact with their environment, which destroys some of the peculiarities that quantum mechanics is known for, such as entanglement. One of the common ways to... |
Honours Project | Tom Stace |
Relativistic Quantum Information |
Our two most fundamental theories of the universe are general relativity and quantum mechanics. Both work extremely well in predicting and quantifying phenomena in their respective regimes of application, but at a deep level the two theories are incompatible. Relativistic Quantum Information... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Professor Tim Ralph |
Quantum Communication |
Communications based on exchanging quantum particles such as photons can achieve outcomes that are impossible with classical communication systems. For example quantum key distribution (QKD) can achieve unconditionally secure communication. Because of the fragility of quantum particles, special... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Professor Tim Ralph |
Quantum Computation |
Quantum Computers promise major speed-ups in computation times for certain problems. Building a large-scale, universal quantum computer is a major practical challenge and still seems a long way off. However, recent results suggest that single-purpose quantum computers are far more practical in... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Professor Tim Ralph |
Thermodynamics in the microcanonical ensemble |
Some recent developments in statistical mechanics have come up with new geometric interpretations of thermodynamic quantities. This project would look at applying these ideas to the Bose gas. In particular, it would be to analytically incorporate additional conserved quantities into... |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Associate Professor Matthew Davis |
Nonequilibrium superfluidity in polariton condensates |
Polariton condensates occur in two-dimensional semiconductor microcavities pumped by a laser. The light excites electrons from the valence band to the conduction band,... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Associate Professor Matthew Davis |
Pairing phase of the degenerate Bose gas |
In the 1970s there was speculation that the cause of superfluidity in helium-4 was not due to Bose-Einstein condensation, but a form of Cooper pairing between attractive bosons,... |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Associate Professor Matthew Davis |
Thermalisation of a spin-1 Bose gas in a double well |
This project simulates the quantum dynamics of a “spin-1” Bose gas in a double well potential. A spin-1 gas has three spin components, which can interconvert due to spin-collisions (... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Associat Professor Matthew Davis |
EQuS - Quantum Emulation with Neutral Atoms - Experiment |
"And therefore, the problem is, how can we simulate the quantum mechanics?...We can give up on our rule about what the computer was, we can say: Let the computer itself be built of quantum mechanical elements which obey quantum mechanical laws. ... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Tyler Neely, Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop |
Interactive Demonstrations using Mathematica |
The Wolfram Demonstrations Project contains thousands of contributed interactive graphical demonstrations that allow to easily convey mathematical concepts. In this project the student will contribute additional demonstrations illustrating concepts of either stochastic processes, parameter... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
Data Analysis of Melbourne's Urban Road Traffic |
This project deals with analysis of huge volumes of data recorded on-line for urban road traffic networks, namely Melbourne's traffic system. There are tens of interesting questions that need to be formulated and answered by means of real data analysis. |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
Effective Computing in Model Predictive Control for Urban Road Traffic Networks |
This project deals with control of traffic light systems in large urban networks. It has recently been suggested to apply model predictive control techniques which involve large scale optimization repeatedly. The goal of this project is to analyze the associated optimization problems and find... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
Ruin Theory and Correlated Random Walks |
Ruin Theory is a branch of actuarial mathematics used by insurance companies for setting reserves. The cleanest model is that of constant revenue subject to occasional losses (claims). An output of ruin theory in that case is the probability of defaulting. In the basic model, inter... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
The Positive Realization Problem |
The Positive Realization Problem deals with finding descriptions of linear systems based on non-negative matrices. It has applications in control, applied probability and statistics, yet is linear-... |
Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
Convolutions in the S-Plane with Applications |
It is well known that the Laplace transform of a time-domain convolution of two functions is the product of the individual Laplace transforms. A similar 'dual' property is that a convolution type contour integral of two Laplace transform yields the time domain product. This... |
Honours Project | Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
Statistical Estimation of Matrix Analytic Queueing Models |
The study of matrix analytic methods in queueing theory is by now a well established research field. The basic idea is to model queueing phenomena by complex large dimensional Markov chains which are well structured and are thus amenable to efficient algorithmic... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr Yoni Nazarathy |
Quantum theory of hydrogen bonding |
Hydrogen bonding plays a central and diverse role in materials physics, chemistry and biology. It is key to the unique properties of water, the double helix structure of DNA, and the precise... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Professor Ross McKenzie |
Are post-starburst galaxies really dead? |
Lack of emission from young stars in spectroscopic data of some nearby galaxies suggest that their star formation has recently been quenched. However, this can also happen if the young stars in these galaxies are hidden behind clouds of dust which emit at infra-red wavelengths only. In this... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Smriti Mahajan |
Fermionic matterwaves for precision interferometry |
This theoretical project uses fermionic matterwaves to increase the sensitivity of atom interferometers for precision measurement. The focus on... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Joel Corney |
Organic-inorganic hybrid opto-electronic devices |
This research project will create the next generation of advanced materials, and novel... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Ebinazar Namdas |
High-precision fundamental atomic, molecular and optical physics |
This project is aimed at a theoretical and computational exploration of atoms and how they tick. With recent atomic physics experiments being able to measure towards accuracies of 1 part in 10^{18}, they require high-... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Bromley |
Design of quantum measurement devices using cold atoms in exotic geometries |
This project is aimed at a theoretical and computational exploration of the quantum-atom optics of ultracold matter. The goal is to design and characterise novel high-... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Michael Bromley |
Nonequiilbrium flows and superfluid turbulence in dilute gas Bose-Einstein condensates |
Dilute gas Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) were experimentally observed for the first time in 1995, more than seventy years after their initial proposal by Einstein. Like helium-4 below the lambda point, they exhibit the defining... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Professor Matthew Davis |
Emergent physics in quantum transport in ultracold atomic gases |
The project seeks to understand an open fundamental problem in physics: How do complex microscopic interactions in many-particle systems lead to the emergence of a qualitatively new behavior and to the formation of new states of quantum matter. We will investigate this problem in the context of... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan |
Theoretical Models of Photoswitching in Spiropyran-Merocyanine Molecular Switches |
This goal of this project will be to understand factors mediating the efficiency and speed of photoconversion in spiropyran-merocyanine photoswitches. These molecules are interesting because the switching process is reversible, and because the reactant and product forms have very... |
Honours Project | Dr Seth Olsen |
Theoretical Models of Photoswitching Processes in Dithienylethenes: Origin and Optimization of Photoswitchable Electrical Conductivity |
The goal of this project is to characterize the photoconversion of dithienylethenes, a class of photoswitchable molecules that are potential targets for light-controlled organic electronic devices (see attached picture). These molecules are interesting because the photoswitching process is... |
Honours Project | Dr Seth Olsen |
Probing star formation in nearby young OB associations |
Star formation is the process by which stars form out of interstellar gas clouds. Although important for astronomy, we still have only an incomplete understanding of star formation because it happens at the centers of heavily obscured dust clouds. One can however look at the results of star... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Holger Baumgardt |
Probing the carrier traps in organic solar cells |
Organic solar cells have attracted significant commercial interest because of their desirable properties. These solar cells can be made easily, possibly cheaply, are light weight and can be made onto flexible substrates. Already, organic solar cells have been appearing in ‘niche’... |
PhD Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Kwan H. Lee |
Mathematical / Computational Neuroscience |
Projects are available in the mathematical/computational modelling of brain development and function. Areas of particular interest are the development of connections between neurons by ... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Prof Geoff Goodhill |
Neutral atom quantum processor by time-averaged optical dipole potential (Experiment/theory) |
For quantum computing and simulation using neutral atoms trapped in a lattice one needs a physically scalable system that can facilitate single qubit initialization, gate and entanglement operations and state selective read-out. The... |
Honours Project | Dr Mark Baker |
Bose-Einstein condensates in time-averaged optical toroidal potentials (experimental) |
Since the first experimental realization of a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), many of its properties have been thoroughly investigated. Superfluidity is one of the properties of a... |
Honours Project | Dr Mark Baker |
Monte-Carlo algorithm for sampling the thermodynamic properties of the 1D Bose gas at finite temperature |
The stochastic Gross-Pitaevskii formalism can sample the grand-canonical ensemble for the interacting Bose gas by assuming the ergodic hypothesis that time evolution fairly... |
Honours Project Summer Project |
Professor Matthew Davis |
Research projects in Engineered Quantum Systems |
Taking advantage of the subtleties of quantum mechanics to do useful tasks is one of the keys to future technological advances. In the Centre for Engineered Quantum systems, we are developing theory and experiment to identify promising systems to that end. For instance, recent... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Tom Stace |
Modeling the dynamics of the faintest dwarf galaxies |
In recent years, a large number of faint dwarf galaxies have been discovered in the halo of the Milky Way. The newly discovered galaxies are considerably fainter and more compact than known dwarf galaxies, blurring the line between galaxies and star clusters. In this project you will perform... |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Holger Baumgardt |
Quantum Entanglement in Atom Lasers |
An atom laser is a device that spits out atoms in the same way that an optical laser spits out light: That is, it creates an atomic matterwave with a well defined wavelength, amplitude and phase. Such a system is interesting for... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Dr. Simon Haine |
Quantum-Enhanced Atom Interferometry |
An atom interferometer is a device that utilizes the quantum wave-like nature of atoms to make extremely sensitive measurements of quantities such as rotations and accelerations. This... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Simon Haine |
Quantum thermalisation |
How do isolated quantum systems thermalise? Isolated quantum systems undergo unitary evolution which preserves the entropy. However, at the level of statistical mechanics, any disturbance will lead to an increase in entropy... |
PhD Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Professor Matthew Davis |
Projects in combinatorial geometry |
There are several research projects available in combinatorial geometry, covering areas such as polytope theory, hyperplane arrangements and triangulations, and with applications in knot theory, low-dimensional topology and operations research. Interested students are welcome to arrange a... |
PhD Project Honours Project |
Professor Benjamin Burton |
Projects in computational topology |
There are several research projects available in computational geometry and topology, ranging from summer research projects through to large-scale PhD projects. Please visit the websites of Benjamin Burton and... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
A/Prof. Benjamin Burton, Dr Jonathan Spreer, Dr Clément Maria, Dr William Pettersson |
Precision Measurement with ultracold atoms in a double-well potential |
Bose-Einstein condensates in a double-well potentials have been used as a relatively simple system in which to study the quantum many-body physics of ultracold atoms, in particular the interplay of quantum... |
Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Joel Corney |
Quantum Squeezing in Photonic Crystal Fibres |
The propagation of ultrashort pulses of light in optical fibre has proved to be a very efficient method of 'squeezing' the quantum properties of light. Squeezing means the... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Joel Corney |
Light Emitting Field Effect transistors |
Plastic or “organic” electronics are widely viewed as being the key to next generation, low cost,... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Ebinazar Namdas |
Organic Semiconducting Lasers |
Lasers have many applications in all of the branches of science and technology -- they can weld... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Dr Ebinazar Namdas |
Optimization using statistical models |
The field of meta-heuristic optimization offers a variety of powerful methods for solving difficult optimization problems, and requires no prior knowledge other than the cost function and any constraints. These methods include simulated annealing, genetic algorithms, estimation of distribution... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr. Ian Wood |
Statistical model selection, with a focus on high-dimensional data |
A variety of assessment methods exist to aid in the choice of an optimal statistical model or the set of explanatory variables to be used with it. The ability to measure and store data increases yearly leading to a growing demand for the analysis of high-dimensional data in many fields e.g.... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project |
Dr. Ian Wood |
Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Geometric Evolution Equations |
A number of projects are offered in the areas of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Geometric Evolution Equations. These include topics in partial regularity theory for elliptic and parabolic systems, the evolution equations associated with liquid crystals, Yang-Mills flow and work on... |
PhD Project Masters Project Honours Project Summer Project |
Professor Joseph Grotowski |