Teams from the Faculties of Health and Science & Technology, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute and the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation have won five ARC Linkage Round 2, 2011 grants.
"These grants represent years of relationship building with external partners," Deakin's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lee Astheimer said.
"I extend my congratulations and that of the University to all the project leaders.
"I am also pleased to see that the results are spread across the University.
"This reflects the diverse nature of the industry networks and partnerships established by Deakin researchers as well as the exciting and novel projects being undertaken by University research groups.”
Professor Mark McGillivray (ADRI) will be working with his industry partner to develop an index that will rank the efforts of 22 of the world’s richest countries in supporting development in the Pacific Islands region.
Associate Professor David Jones and Drs Ursula de Jong and Robert Fuller from the School of Architecture and Building (Faculty of Science and Technology) will work with four community organisations and an urban strategy planning agency to establish a more rigorous method of evaluating the impact of the “sea-change” phenomena on the built and natural environments of costal settlements with the aim of developing and implementing effective, place-sensitive sustainable planning and development practices.
The hope of broadening therapeutic approaches in the field of youth depression, anxiety and substance abuse forms the basis of the project led by Associate Professor Andrew Lewis and Deakin colleagues Professor John Toumbourou and Dr Tess Knight who, together with three partner organisations, will evaluate the effectiveness of a family based intervention.
Two of the five ARC Linkage grants were won by staff of ITRI.
Professor Saeid Nahavandi and Drs Doug Creighton, Nong Gu and Asim Bhatti and their three industry partners will develop methods to optimise and schedule networks of smart and traditional cameras in a manufacturing environment to enable knowledge capture, manage performance and identify causes of quality degradation which will provide information to assist Australian manufacturers maintain competitiveness in the global market.
Finally, Professor Xungai Wang and Dr Rangam Rajkhowa of the Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation (ITRI) will work with their partner to use a new silk fibre to develop eardrums with improved acoustic properties which is likely to benefit the quality of life for those affected by hearing loss.