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$1.3M to support great research discoveries from the University of Southern Queensland

Professor David Buttsworth (Hypersonics).

The University of Southern Queensland is marking the start of the New Year with its own type of celebrations – a number of outstanding research projects spanning from smartphone safety to discovering new worlds orbiting distant stars.

Carrying with them huge potential, these ventures have been selected as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects scheme, which will see $258.6 million distributed among 587 research projects over the next five years.

University of Southern Queensland researchers will share in $1.3 million of the funding.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie welcomed the announcement and congratulated all involved.

“This is, once again, an exceptional outcome for our university’s research endeavours,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“The ARC Discovery Projects scheme is designed to support excellent research across the country and, in doing so, enhance Australia’s knowledge base and research capacity.

“It’s great to see the University of Southern Queensland’s continued contribution to enhancing the scale and focus of research in national priority areas.

Some of the key University of Southern Queensland Discovery Projects to commence in 2022 include:

  • Professor David Buttsworth and Dr Fabian Zander will lead a $551,000 project that aims to develop the experimental and theoretical methods needed to study separation of objects in hypersonic flow to better predict the dispersion of debris from re-entering space objects. New hypersonic wind tunnel experiments, modelling, and computational simulations will be performed to enhance understanding and improve predictions.
  • Professor Jianming Yong and Associate Professor Xiaohui Tao will lead a $347,183 project that aims to investigate privacy preservation protocols in a 5G integrated IoT environment through an analysis of the depth of smart-device use in common smart domains. The knowledge and tools developed will help form new privacy preservation mechanisms required for the 5G enabled environment.
  • Professor Robert Wittenmyer; Dr Xu Huang; Professor Jonathan Horner and Dr Duncan Wright will lead a $273,000 project to upgrade a unique Australian observatory to study the smallest planets around other stars, using an innovative new technique to provide high precision measurements capturing the tiny shadow of planets as they cross in front of their stars.

Further information about the ARC’s Discovery Projects scheme is available on the ARC website.