Final Year Student Projects

The Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) formerly the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), is continuously looking for enthusiastic final year students interested in the area of intelligent systems.

IISRI offers projects in line with current commercial and strategic research objectives, consistently resulting in award-winning projects. Our team is ready to work with you to define a suitable 4th-year research project. IISRI staff have many years of experience supervising students, most of our researchers having graduated from the Deakin Engineering bachelor program.

IISRI currently has student project opportunities in robotics and motion simulation, image processing, manufacturing, modelling and simulation, scheduling, human performance and haptics. To ensure students get consistently great supervision, IISRI strictly limits the number of final year engineering students accepted each year. To avoid disappointment, please ensure you arrange a meeting time as soon as you can.

For all final year project enquiries, please contact Dr Mick Fielding by phone (+61 3 5227 2807) or email. Please 'CC' Dr Kyle Nelson in all correspondence.

In your correspondence, please include:

  • the project(s) you are interested in
  • your degree and major (e.g. Mechatronics & Robotics, Medical Technology, Sports Technology, etc.)
  • any specific technical or administrative skills that you would like to develop (project management, CAD, simulation, scientific testing methods, report writing, etc.)
  • details of areas you enjoy and excel at
  • feel free to include images or reports from past projects

2015 Final Year Projects

All projects available T1 - T3 unless stated otherwise. 

  • Optimisation of simulated robotic paths
  • Manufacturing process improvement
  • Buffer allocation in a power and free conveyor system
  • A wireless power point with control over Wi-Fi network and internet
  • Data logger for vehicles through interfacing with vehicles ECU
  • PC based HMI design for Omron (CQM family) and Siemens PLCs (S7-300 family)
  • Configuration and programming of Power Cube robot
  • Monitoring and data collection using LabView
  • Simulation of human biomechanics using SimMechanics
  • Employ a force controlled industrial robot to solve an industrial assembly task
  • Motion cueing algorithm for driving simulator
  • Design method for rapidly characterising and modelling terrain
  • Wirelessly link small UAV to IISRI's Universal Motion Simulator
  • Develop hand/feet tracking capability on IISRI's Universal Motion Simulator
  • Develop paged terrain system for vehicle simulation
  • Develop eye tracking capability on IISRI's Universal Motion Simulator
  • Develop a dynamic model of IISRI's OzTouch robot and an operator training system
  • Develop simulation software interfaces for IISRI's Universal Motion Simulator
  • Development of vehicle suspension models for realistic motion simulation
  • Design and development of haptic devices for IISRI's Universal Motion Simulator
  • Instrumentation and configuration of a helicopter simulator
  • Image processing for autonomous detection and classification of marine life
  • Development of software package to configure haptic devices of various kinematic structure, including serial and parallel
  • Development of components to build a modular haptic device for teaching and research
  • Integration of a low-cost 3-axis force sensor to existing anthropomorphic robot to demonstrate force control

The following project topics are offered to students in conjunction with IISRI's industry partner Simplex.

Simplex is an Australian company specialised in Designing and Producing Motion Controllers and Special-Purpose Electric Motors. The company produces large CNC machines, large Automation Systems, Robotic Arms & Magnetically Levitated Systems. Most of the work and the testing in these projects will be done at an Industrial company. Students with good performance will be considered for future employment.

Please click on the + icon besides each project title to see a short description of the research project.

Magnetically Levitated System

Magnetically Levitated Systems are systems that generate motion without any mechanical contact. These systems, therefore, are capable of moving at extremely high speed, have very high efficiency and have long service life.

Simplex is in the process of producing a high-speed levitated system for people and goods transportation. This project will provide great opportunity for 4 students to be involved in various aspects of this leading-edge technology.

Keen and reliable students with a background in C programming, electric design, electronic design and/or magnetic circuit design are invited to apply.

Intelligent Glass/Stone CNC Machine

Keen and reliable students are invited to apply to be part of assembling and testing our newest CNC machine. The machine is used to mill and grind stone.

The innovation in this project is in the creation of a new methodology for the operation of CNC machines that minimizes the intervention of the machine operator. The project includes a large amount of experimental work on CNC machines and some programming. Two students will be accepted for that project. The students need to be extremely organized as a large amount of data will be collected and programmed.

The project has an experimental nature and the students will need to attend the Simplex factory at least once and in most cases twice a week during the year 2015.

Multi-Touch screen for CNC & Robotic Controller

CNC and Robotic Controllers nowadays need to have strong graphical capabilities. Yet the commercially available controllers do not offer these capabilities. This project is part of the new generation of controllers created by our company to offer the market multi-touch screen for multi-axis robotics and CNC controllers. This will significantly simplify the way the operators program and use the graphical capability of CNC machines and/or Robots. The project also aims at building additional intelligence into CNC Controllers.

This project involves C programming and dealing with sensors and other parts of state-of-the-art Industrial CNC controllers. Three keen and active students will be accepted into that project.

High Speed Spindle with Magnetic Bearing

Spindles are the most accurate and expensive part of Machining Centres. These spindles are required to rotate at 25,000 rpm and higher while carrying substantial loads. The cost of these spindles can be dramatically reduced and its accuracy can be dramatically improved if the mechanical bearings of these spindles are replaced by magnetic bearings.

The students involved in this project will learn about the mechanical and magnetic design of these spindles and will integrate much of the knowledge they studied.

Keen and reliable students with a background in mechanical design, electric design and/or magnetic circuit design are invited to apply.

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