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Research projects in Information Technology

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Active Learning for Language and Multimodal Applications

This PhD project aims to mitigate the data scarcity of new NLP and Multimodal applications by developing novel active learning algorithms. In this project, the student will leverage large foundation models, such as ChatGPT and GPT4, incorporating the cutting-edge techniques in the other areas, such as reinforcement learning, causality and GFlowNets, to devise novel active learning algorithms for NLP and multimodal applications.

Event Extraction and Neuro-Symbolic Reasoning for Law Enforcement and Legal Applications

In recent years, social media have become a common plattforms for criminals to stalk, intimidate, manipulate and abuse vulnerable citizens, such as women and youth. A recent survey of students in grades 6 to 9 found that the rates of electronic bullying for girls were between 16% and 19%, whereas the rates for boys were between 11% and 19%. 33.47% of sexually abused girls reported experiencing cyberbullying compared to 17.75% of nonsexually abused girls.

Supervisor: Dr Lizhen Qu

Privacy-Enhancing Technologies for the Social Good

Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs) are a set of cryptographic tools that allow information processing in a privacy-respecting manner. As an example, imagine we have a user, say Alice, who wants to get a service from a service provider, say SerPro. To provide the service, SerPro requests Alice's private information such as a copy of her passport to validate her identity. In a traditional setting, Alice has no choice but to give away her highly sensitive information. 

Supervisor: Dr Muhammed Esgin

Human-in-the-loop AI for Microgrid Management

Project description

Microgrids aggregate distributed energy resources, bringing energy security to customers, from individual residences to businesses. Microgrids can contribute to net-zero transition to mitigate climate change in the energy sector by integrating renewables, storage, and consumer energy resources, such as demand-responsive loads.

Supervisor: Dr Hao Wang

Physics-informed Neuro-symbolic AI to Capture CO2

The ability to capture carbon is expected to play a key role in the fight against climate change. A new apparatus is being developed at Monash University to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. This important technology provides a pathway to decrease the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. A model of the apparatus needs to be developed in order to validate and understand its daily operations.

Supervisor: Dr Buser Say

Optimal design of electric bus fleet and charging stations

One of the main roadblocks to widespread electric buses is the charging of their batteries. Charging an electric battery takes substantially longer than filling up a petrol tank: 30-60 minutes with a fast charger, up to hours with a slow one. The drawback of fast chargers is that they are more costly and that it only takes a few of them to generate a substantial load on the current grid. This means that, compared to petrol buses, some changes might need to be introduced in how electric buses are operated.

Supervisor: Dr Pierre Le Bodic

Situation Reasoning in IoT environments

Situation-awareness is the key to enabling intelligent IoT applications. Situation reasoning is used to aggregate multiple contextual information from physical and social sensors using reasoning methods, and convert them into useful high-level knowledge, i.e. situational intelligence. 

Disentangled Representation Learning for Synthetic Data Generation and Privacy Protection

Synthetic data generation has drawn growing attention due to the lack of training data in many application domains. It is useful for privacy-concerned applications, e.g. digital health applications based on electronic medical records. It is also attractive for novel applications, e.g. multimodal applications in meta-verse, which have little data for training and evaluation. This project focuses on synthetic data generation for audio and the corresponding multimodal applications, such as mental health chatbots and digital assistants for negotiations.

Supervisor: Dr Lizhen Qu

[NextGen] Secure and Privacy-Enhancing Federated Learning: Algorithms, Framework, and Applications to NLP and Medical AI

Federated learning (FL) is an emerging machine learning paradium to enable distributed clients (e.g., mobile devices) to jointly train a machine learning model without pooling their raw data into a centralised server. Because data never leaves from user clients, FL systematically mitigates privacy risks from centralised machine learning and naturally comply with rigorous data privacy regulations, such as GDPR and Privacy Act 1988. 

Supervisor: Xingliang Yuan