New ARC SPIRT Awards for 2000

 

Faculty of Arts
School of Australian and International Studies

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
School of Health Sciences

Faculty of Science and Technology
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
School of Ecology and Environment
School of Computing and Mathematics
School of Engineering and Technology


 

Faculty of Arts

School of Australian and International Studies

Title: Good governance and responsiveness to stakeholders by Australian philanthropic grant makers. (Philanthropy Australia Ltd)

Dr MA Muetzelfeldt
Dr S Kenny

Summary: This project combines academic expertise and practitioner knowledge to develop and evaluate a charter of governance and responsiveness for the philanthropic sector. It develops ways of increasing grant makers’ responsiveness to stakeholders, and evaluates the practicality of such responsiveness. It develops a charter reflecting the needs of Australian grant makers in the context of international practice, and evaluates its pilot use. The project will improve the capacity of the increasingly important philanthropic sector to respond to its stakeholders. It will extend academic public policy studies to include philanthropic as well as political and public sector influences.

2000: $26,038
2001: $27,079

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Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Title: Does lupin consumption provide beneficial physiological effects in humans and have potential in the dietary control of obesity? (Agriculture WA)

Dr S Johnson
Mr DS Petterson
Prof M Ball

Summary: A novel approach using palatability and satiety effects will be employed to predict the value of lupin, Australia’s major legume crop, in obesity control diets. We will perform one of the first human dietary intervention studies using this under-utilised legume to provide understanding of its effects on blood lipids, sex hormones and bowel function in healthy human subjects. This will identify potential protective affects against some important diseases. This project combines Agriculture WA’s unique industry knowledge gained through its pivotal role in the Australian lupin industry and Deakin’s current lupin research program and excellent nutrition research and supervision track record.

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080

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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Title: Use of artificial reefs to culture commercially important marine invertebrates. (Melbourne Abalone Pty Ltd)

A/Prof PJ Hanna
Dr SA Shepherd
Mr F Glasbrenner
Mr HK Gorfine

Summary: Marine farming on artificial reefs is an important economic development, particularly as Australia is a net importer of seafood. Melbourne Abalone aims to develop strategic methods for the efficient culture of abalone and other commercially important shellfish on artificial reef. This is a new concept to Australia. The research team will modify reef habitat and develop techniques ensuring high animal recruitment and low mortality, thereby achieving cost-effective production. Several postgraduates will work on different aspects, including culture of abalone species and scallops, and environmental enhancement. The project will provide increased seafood production and flow-on benefits for management of wild stocks.

2000: $42,160
2001: $42,160
2002: $42,160

School of Computing and Mathematics

Title: An Information Defence Model (Integrated Systems Australia) (Project administered through Edith Cowan University)

Dr J Burn
Dr M Warren
Dr W Hutchinson

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080
2002: $21,080

Title: Gathering of Unstructured Information on the Internet by Intelligent Agents for Financial Services Applications (Computer Sciences Corporation)

A/Prof C Zhang
Dr Y Yang
Dr EY Tsui

Summary: The Internet contains a wealth of information of extraordinary proportions. This information is not maintained in any regulated/structured formats hence making it extremely difficult to access and utilise. This project will support a PhD student to investigate technologies on intelligent information gathering from the Internet. Agent-based technologies will be extended to support location, filtering, analysis and integration of information from diversified and unstructured information sources. To enforce a strong application focus for this research, the student will apply the developed techniques on the acquisition of job vacancy data, an application that yields direct benefits for recruitment agencies and government services.

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080
2002: $21,080

School of Ecology and Environment

Title: The stratigraphy and tectonic significance of the Carpentaria Basin in the Merlin diamond field, NT and relationship to diamond mineralisation.(Ashton Mining Ltd)

Dr WR Ramsay
Prof NW Archbold
Dr M Donaldson
Mr EW Tyler

Summary: Australia’s newest diamond field, Merlin, is currently undergoing a two and a half year feasibility study. To enhance this field’s life well into the next century, additional kimberlite pipes need to be discovered. This proposal, based in the Boomerang Creek area, Carpentaria Basin, NT, presents a unique opportunity for joint collaboration with Ashton Mining in relating the mine geology to the regional sedimentary and tectonic framework. Key parameters based on an age mineralising model developed by Archbold (1997), will include stratigraphy, correlation between crater infill sediments and distal platform sediments, intrabasinal tectonics, and their relationship with diamond mineralisation.

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080
2002: $21,080

Title: How Does Streamside Vegetation Management Affect Ecosystem Health in Rivers? (Corangamite Catchment Management Authority)

Dr BJ Robson
Dr TD Fletcher

Summary: Australia’s rivers have suffered greatly from land clearance, and increasingly the community is seeking to repair this damage and rehabilitate streams and their adjacent vegetation, but without guidelines to optimize replanting strategies for maximum effects on river health. This project will determine the effectiveness of revegetation strategies and estimate the time required for significant improvements, by determining how vegetation distribution affects invertebrates and ecosystems within rivers. It will identify the impact on rivers at a landscape-scale, enabling rehabilitation to be targeted more efficiently, maximizing improvements in river health and contributing to ecologically sustainable development.

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080
2002: $21,080

Title: Modelling and Monitoring Groundwater Flow, Hydrodynamics and Geo-chemical Interactions in a Coastal Aquifer Underlying Portland's Alcoa Smelter (Portland Aluminium)

Dr F Stagnitti
Mr RJ Hill
Dr L Li
Prof H Ii
Prof J Parlange

Summary: Portland Aluminium discharges 0.5 ML/day of fluoridated wastewater into the ocean. Reuse for irrigation of native tree plantations is the desired alternative. Wastewater not absorbed by the trees is expected to infiltrate and migrate to the sea. However, little is known concerning the interactions between shallow groundwater, deep groundwater and the ocean. Portland relies on deep groundwater for its domestic supply and contamination is a real concern. This project aims to model groundwater flows and geochemical interactions in the shallow aquifer underlying the Smelter. A management support tool will be developed to predict locations for the safe disposal of wastewater.

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080
2002: $21,080

School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Streamlining the Manufacture of Fasteners by Microstructure Control (Ajax Technology Centre)

Prof PD Hodgson
Dr MR Barnett
Dr L Kong

Summary: Fastener manufacture is carried out in a batch process with up to 12 separate steps. This work aims to reduce the number of required processing steps by exploiting various innovative approaches to microstructure control. Considerable cost savings will be realised through the implementation of the outcomes of this research. A novel approach to simulating fastener manufacture will be developed using a torsion machine. This will be used in conjunction with FEM modelling to deliver to Ajax an assessment of the options available for streamlining their process. Existing steel grades and radically new materials will be examined, along with various new manufacturing approaches.

2000: $94,466
2001: $96,135
2002: $98,817

Title: Utilise Solar Energy to Reduce Green House Gas Emissions from Conventional Power Station (Loy Yang Power)

Dr EJ Hu

Summary: The project is a detailed technical and economic assessment of a new concept of a solar aided power generation cycle in associated with the steam cycle of Loy Yang power station. Through the proposed research, an energy (flow) model for the brown coal based power stations will be extended to include solar energy input. It is expected the economic viability of this concept will be established under various conditions.. The project has the potential to help whole power industry to increase its generation efficiency and reduce green house gas emissions.

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080

Title: Intelligent Information Management Systems (Ajax Technology Centre)

A/Prof S Nahavandi
Dr P Mandal
Mr RJ Bodo
A/Prof W Zhou

Summary: Intelligent sharing and processing of information is essential in improving manufacturing productivity and making Australian manufacturing more competitive. To achieve this objective, this research project aims to design new methods, and implement a demonstration-of-principle system, for organising and handling data pertaining to factory operation in integrated flexible manufacturing system environment. The expected project outcomes are construction of an object oriented database for handling real-time information; design of interfaces between production management, process control systems and human operators; and design of interchange protocols to deliver information to integrated flexible manufacturing system in a bolt manufacturing company.

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080
2002: $21,080

Title: Effect of Fibre and Machine Interactions on Fibre Properties and Product Quality in Value Adding Processing of Australian Rare Natural Fibres (International Fibre Centre Ltd)

A/Prof X Wang
Dr L Kong

Summary: Cashmere is a prestigious fibre and cashmere garments command the highest prices in the world of textiles. However, Australia’s unique cashmere has been exported overseas for further processing, and the local goat farmers receive only 2 to 5% of the final garment retail price. There is an urgent need for cashmere processing research and value adding in Australia. This project aims to address this need by studying the fundamental fibre-machine interactions during cashmere processing and examining the effect of such interactions on fibre properties and product quality. This will lead to more efficient fibre processing and better product quality.

2000: $21,080
2001: $21,080
2002: $21,080

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