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Australian National Fabrication Facility ANFF
Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets CEEM
Centre for Energy Research and Policy Analysis CERPA
Centre for Quantum Computing Technology CQCT
National ICT Australia NICTA
  Faculty of Engineering


The School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications was successful in securing a large number of ARC grants in 2005. Grants awarded to researchers across more than one school, faculty or university have EE&T staff names listed first, in bold.


A/Prof E Ambikairajah

Classification of human movement patterns from a triaxial accelerometer for home telecare

2006: $53,000
2007: $53,000
2008: $52,000

The purpose of the proposed ambulatory monitoring system is to ensure that a communitydwelling elderly person receives automatic, timely aid in the event of an adverse situation while alone at home, such as a fall or stroke. This project is aimed at the priority area 'ageing well, ageing productively'. Providing rapid assistance after a fall will prevent much of the morbidity, distress and socioeconomic cost that are associated with falls. Specifically, this project brings new advanced digital signal processing algorithms to bear on the difficult signal enhancement and classification problems associated with the information stream received from the triaxial accelerometer worn by the elderly client


A/Prof G Peng; Prof R Amal

Advanced Particles and Systems for Photoinduced Processes

2006: $140,000
2007: $100,000
2008: $100,000

One of the most crucial challenges facing chemical scientists is the need for ecologically clean chemical processes and technology. Solar induced processes, such as photocatalysis, are adept at utilising more of our natural energy resources. However, these processes currently suffer from low efficiencies. The proposed research aims to address these issues. Successful implementation of this technology will help place Australian research at the forefront of sustainable methods for water treatment and material synthesis for functional applications. This will provide economic and social benefits due to improvements in processes with higher efficiencies and greater use of clean, natural resources.

A/Prof CY Kwok; Prof PL Chu

MEMS Based Chip to Chip Optical Interconnect for Future Generation of Systems In a Package

2006: $128,000
2007: $116,000
2008: $89,000
2009: $83,000
2010: $135,000

The project will bring Australian technical known how into the forefront of the information and communication technology revolution. The technology developed in this project will enable computers to operate at very high speeds. More information can be communicated than ever before. This has significant impact on Australian society where speed of information is increasingly important. The technical knowledge of how to make computers operate faster has great commercial value and would be very much sought after. Hence, its impact on the national economy.

Dr S Nooshabadi; Prof MM Lee

Reliable Truly Deep Submicron VLSI Computational Systems

2006: $138,000
2007: $128,000
2008: $130,000

The phenomenal growth of the digital integrated circuits is founded on the fundamental assumption of reliable operation of logic gates on silicon chip. In the Deep Sub Micron domain this fundamental assumption can no longer be guaranteed. This project, in association with with Dongshin University, Korea with strong links to the semiconductor industry, will develop design techniques for the reliable computational hardware, in the presence of unreliable circuit fabric. This significant research, with potential for generation of IP, will raise the profile of Australian research in integrated circuits design in the global community and will result in significant publicity for the research team and, through them, for Australian industry.

A/Prof MF Rahman

A Segmented Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor for Wide Field Weakening Range and its Sensorless Control using Improved Flux Estimators

2006: $65,000
2007: $66,000
2008: $67,000

Australia has the world's second largest reserve (after China) of high energy density permanent magnet (neodymium iron boron) material for the IPM motor. The present limitation of the machine to be driven sensorless over a wide speed range with field weakening is believed to be holding back its widespread use in applications other than servo type which requires highresolution mechanical sensors. Extension of the motor speed range by a combination of magnetic system design (for large field weakening range), and sensorless position and flux estimation with sufficient accuracy for fast dynamic control should lead to large scale adoption of this motor, and hence to significant improvement in energy efficiency and market share for Australia.

Dr R Ramer; Dr R Mansour

Radio Frequency Microelectromechanical Systems for Wireless Communications

2006: $113,000
2007: $103,000
2008: $120,000

Current and future Wireless appliances require increased functionality, frequency of operation, and component integration along with reduced manufacturing costs, size, weight, and power consumption. Micro electro mechanical systems for radio frequency with versatility to integrate both electronic (2D) and microelectro mechanical (3D) devices represent the technology that can offer wide operational bandwidths, onchip passive components, negligible interconnections, almost ideal switches and resonators, in a planar fabrication process, compatible with existing integrated circuits and monolithic microwave integrated circuits. The outcomes of this project will be of significant benefit to the Australian Telecommunication industry.

A/Prof CY Kwok; Adj/Prof JA Reizes; Prof E Leonardi; A/Prof F Stella;

The Enhancement of Heat Transfer in MicroChips by MEMS actuator: Parametric Study

2006: $180,000
2007: $160,000
2008: $180,000

This challenging project has the potential of introducing a new technology for cooling micro devices. Since the computer industry is sensitive to innovation it is necessary to develop the theoretical and practical skill for manufacturing the cooling devices. This will help Australian industry to greatly enhance its capabilities in this very important area of economy. The present project is a rare combination of multidisciplinary studies and will result in a better understanding of the complex thermal and fluid flow phenomena in micro channels, and the design and fabrication techniques for the next generation of micro chips.

Dr J Yuan

Design of MIMO Spatial Division Multiple Access Techniques for Multi User Wireless Data Services

2006: $88,000
2007: $78,000
2008: $80,000

The project aims at developing novel wireless techniques to enable a breakthrough in multi user multimedia services in the ICT industry sector. The Australian research community will benefit from the new theoretical techniques, design and deployment of next generation wireless systems, while wireless users will benefit from improved quality, high data rates and low cost of services. Other benefits include training researchers and industrial innovators, generation of valuable intellectual property and patent outcomes, which may help Australian telecommunication and information industry to become a leader in wireless ICT based technologies, ensure Australian ICT companies to gain commercial advantages, and contribute to national economy.

Prof AS Dzurak; Prof AB Rozenfeld; Dr IM Cornelius; Dr GJ Takacs; Prof M Zaider; Dr MI Reinhard

Radiation protection for space, aviation, and terrestrial applications: the development of novel radiation detectors and computational techniques

2006: $150,000
2007: $140,000
2008: $140,000

Administering Institution University of Wollongong

Personnel in space, aviation, and terrestrial applications may be exposed to potentially harmful levels of densely ionising radiation. This project will produce improved radiation detectors and computational techniques, addressing needs in the prediction and assessment of equivalent dose in these applications. The "preventative healthcare" priority goal of the National Research Priority "Promoting and Maintaining Good Health" will be addressed, serving to reduce the risk to personnel involved in such activities. This research will also enhance Australia's international reputation in this field, stimulate local expertise, and create a critical mass of researchers in this field.


A/Prof CY Kwok; A/Prof F Ladouceur; A/Prof G Peng; Prof AS Dzurak; Prof DN Jamieson; Prof S Prawer; Prof WA Ducker; Prof RG Clark; Prof PN Johnston; A/Prof DG McCulloch; Prof H RubinszteinDunlop; Dr AG White; Dr AV Buryak.

Foundational National Nanotechnology Infrastructure

2006: $750,000

Administering Institution University of New South Wales
Partner Organisations
The University of New South Wales
The University of Melbourne
RMIT University
The University of Queensland

Breakthrough nanotechnologies based on quantum mechanics promise useful devices for absolutely secure transmission of information encoded in quantum states, ultra rapid searching through genome databases for unique gene sequences, faster electronic and photonic devices, robust devices made from diamond and better processing of biomedical materials for diagnosis of illness. Fabrication and characterization of these devices provides training for research students in state of the art techniques with many uses. Deeper understanding of these quantum technologies will lead to better models for some of the most puzzling aspects of quantum mechanical systems that are the foundation of the physical processes of our universe.

Dr D Sen; A/Prof CJ Stevens; Dr E Schubert; Dr DA Cabrera; Prof JA Wolfe; Dr JR Smith;; Prof RT Dean; Prof DK Burnham; Dr S Malloch; Dr GC Paine; Dr FA Bailes; Prof CT Best

See Hear! Multimodal Recording and Analysis Facility

2006: $150,000

Administering Institution University of Western Sydney
Partner Organisations
University of Western Sydney
The University of New South Wales
The University of Sydney
University of Canberra
Australian Choreographic Centre

High resolution recording and analysis will exploit the full potential of motion capture with progress towards automatic recognition of gesture and, eventually, real time systems. Automatic tracking and recognition systems are in high demand and the interlacing of data from multiple modes is now computationally achievable. SeeHear! will be coded using techniques in multimodal fusion tracking of bodies will be enhanced by locating and recognizing facial features, and a learning algorithm used to classify gesture from patterns of force and physiological response. In the future, full interactivity will be achieved by interconnecting visual and auditory data with a flow on to applications in the performing arts, rehabilitation and security.

Further details of the ARC research grants and projects can be found on the Australian Research Council website at





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