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Research projects in Information Technology

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Smart Water Networks: Optimal placement of monitoring devices

Water is a resource we usually take for granted. But providing a reliable, safe supply any time you open the tap poses significant logistical challenges. Modern water supply networks use smart meters, embedded sensor devices and complex algorithms to ensure a safe, reliable and affordable product. This project aims to develop novel algorithmic techniques for the optimal deployment of smart sensor networks based on a combination of machine learning and combinatorial optimisation methods.

Combating Human Bias in Teaching and Learning

Human bias, which refers to the differentiative notions, mindsets, and stereotypes that we may preconceive towards different groups of people, has been witnessed in a variety of settings in our daily life, including in teaching and learning. It has been reported that even the most experienced and well-intended teachers may hold biases that they are not aware of towards students. What is worse, such biases often affect teachers’ subsequent interaction with students, and further exacerbate the achievement gaps between different groups of students.

Supervisor: Dr Guanliang Chen

Combating Machine Bias in Teaching and Learning

Education, undoubtedly, is one of the most fundamental means for people to gain personal and professional development. Given its importance, both researchers and practitioners have endeavored to apply various technologies to construct numerous educational systems and tools to facilitate teaching and learning in the past decades. However, it has been widely demonstrated that such systems and tools tend to display bias to certain groups of students.

Supervisor: Dr Guanliang Chen

Digital Health to support Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

A PhD scholarship is available as part of an exciting research collaboration between the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT), the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS) and indigenous communities in rural Victoria.

Supervisor: Chris Bain

Recordkeeping for Empowerment of Rural Communities in Australia

Timely access to information is essential to perform many economic and social activities. In today’s digital age, information is more and more often provided in digital form. However, the unreliability of Internet access can make it difficult for people living in rural areas to access information online, resulting in missed opportunities to pursue economic and social ventures.

Supervisor: Dr Viviane Hessami

Recordkeeping for Empowerment of Rural Communities in a Developing Country

The United Nations Development Programme has identified access to information as an essential element to support poverty eradication. People living in poverty are often unable to access information that is vital to their lives, such as information on their entitlements, public services, health, education or work opportunities. Timely access to information is essential to perform many economic, social and leisure activities. In today’s digital age, information is more and more often provided in digital form.

Supervisor: Dr Viviane Hessami

Simulating Collaborative Discourse

Collaborative problem-solving (CPS) has widely been recognised as an essential skill for success in the 21st century. Because of this, many researchers have focused on trying to better understand CPS in efforts to find out when it is effective, when it is not, and how to make it a teachable skill. 

Operations of Intelligent Software Systems

Nowadays more and more intelligence software solutions emerge in our daily life, for example the face recognition, smart voice assitants, and autonomous vehicle. As a type of data-driven solutions, intelligent components learn their decision logic from data corpus in an end-to-end manner and act as a black box. Without rigorous validation and verification, intelligent solutions are error-prone especially when deployed in the real world environment. To monitor, identify, mitigate and fix these defects becomes extremely important to ensure their service quality and user experience.

Supervisor: Dr Xiaoning Du

STEM Making for all: including people with a disability

People with disabilities are excluded from the assistive technology creation process because the methods and tools that are used are inaccessible. This leads to missed opportunities to create more accessible technologies for everyone including assistive technologies. This project will engage people with disabilities in the technology creation process at many levels, from engagement activities, input into designs and creation of technology and the facilitation of independent making of assistive technologies.

Supervisor: Dr Kirsten Ellis