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Project: Development of a Multi-University Collaborative Survey Research Facility
Dr K Reed, Dr BJ Blunsdon, Prof JF Lowe, Dr S McEachern
University of Ballarat
Abstract: The aim of this project is to establish a statewide survey research facility that enables academics in Victoria to undertake survey research that achieves world best practice technical standards. It will include three facilities for computer based surveying:CATI (computer-assisted telephone interviewing), CAPI (computer-assisted personal interviewing), and CADI (computer-assisted data input). The facility will include a network hub to be based at Deakin University. This hub would then coordinate a network of satellite facilities designed as mobile operations, to enable movement of the facilities between campuses. The facility would enable high quality, best practice survey research across all regions of Victoria.
Project: FishWorks - collaborative infrastructure for zebrafish research
Dr AC Ward, Dr MT Lardelli, Dr A Perkins, Dr GJ Mann, Prof JF Mercer
The University of Adelaide
The University of Sydney
International Copper Association
Abstract: Zebrafish have emerged as a powerful and cost-effective animal model for studying development, biology, and disease. FishWorks represents a large-scale co-operative initiative to develop state-of-the-art zebrafish housing, manipulation, genomics and screening infrastructure in Australia. This will both support and further enhance a core group of high quality researchers to engage in cutting-edge research in areas of acknowledged expertise as well as priority within their respective institutions. In addition, it will facilitate wide-ranging collaborative arrangements to further develop and exploit this research area.
Project: Haptic Research Facility
A/Prof S Nahavandi, A/Prof B Shirinzadeh, Dr HM Trinh, Prof Dr E Siores, Dr S John, Prof MC Burry, Prof CR Nagarajah, Dr G Alici
Swinburne University of Technology
Abstract: There is an urgent need for the establishment of a unique Haptic research facility for virtual prototyping applications, assembly planning in a virtual environment, virtual maintenance analysis, collision detection, maintenance path planning and teleoperation, including laparoscopy. The realism of these applications can be substantially improved by the inclusion of a six degree-of-freedom force and torque feedback Haptic device, together with the Delmia simulation suite, virtual prototyping / assembly software, to make working in three-dimension more natural, efficient and intuitive. The facility will support high quality fundamental research and development across Australia's manufacturing, automotive and aerospace industries as well as surgical applications.
Total funding for Deakin University: $602,000
Project: Building Australian Literary Knowledge Infrastructure
Prof BH Bennett, Prof PR Eggert, Prof JA Hay, Mrs JB Schmidt, A/Prof DJ Carter, Mr JF Arnold, Prof EA Webby, Mr RH Coleman, Prof GR Worby, Dr W Ommundsen, Prof DJ Haskell, Dr TN Burrows, Prof BY Alderman
The University of New South Wales
The University of Queensland
The University of Sydney
The Flinders University of South Australia
The University of Western Australia
University of Canberra
The National Library of Australia
Abstract: The primary goal of AustLit: the Australian Literature Gateway is to facilitate and encourage research in, and teaching of, the nation's creative and critical literature. AustLit's innovative world class resource discovery service utilises best practice techniques in information management and knowledge sharing. In 2003, AustLit will develop new technical services and important new content to meet the defined needs of a wide range of education and information consumers in the area. AustLit provides the foundation for a subject specific digital library that will retain and expand its usefulness.
Project: Surface and strain measurement facilities for the investigation of intelligent CAD approaches
Dr MJ Cardew-Hall, Prof PD Hodgson, Dr S Kalyanasundaram
The Australian National University
Abstract: The basis of machine learning approaches is the ability to learn or train a system from data gathered through experiments or experience. A major shortcoming in the development and application of such methods is the lack of good quantitative data. Here we propose the acquisition of dimensional and strain measurement facilities that will allow the investigation of such methods in the context of manufacturing - in particular sheet metal components for the automotive industry. The facilities will enable a database of dimensional and strain information to be established in support of related manufacturing R&D projects.
Project: Research facility in micromanipulation
A/Prof B Shirinzadeh, A/Prof S Nahavandi, Dr G Alici, Prof JA Smith, Dr HM Trinh
Abstract: The aim of the program is to establish a unique joint facility between Monash and Deakin for micromanipulation research. The proposed facility will consist of complex/intelligent micromanipulation systems capable of motion accuracy of 0.01-0.1 micrometer (10-100 nm). This will be the only facility of its kind in Australia and will provide a key enabling technology in the research and development of advanced micromanipulation systems, robotic-assisted microsurgery, sensory-based and intelligent control of complex systems, micro assembly/manufacturing, telerobotics/telesurgery, kinematics and dynamics of micromanipulators, laser-based control, and biotechnology. The facility will support and enhance a number of high-quality, current and future research projects with recognised potential.