Round Two

Applications for Round 2 are now open and will close on 30 April, 2019.

To apply and find out more please contact projects@innovationcluster.com.au

 

Round One Recipients

Mohamed Ali and Minister Dave Kelly

Applicant: Mohamed Ali

Institution: Murdoch University

Industry Partner: yStop

Project Title: A novel real-time dynamic crowd measurement system based on smart street furniture and social media

Project Summary:

Urban societies have a continuous increase in population and human activities which leads to more frequent crowded scenes of pedestrians. Measurement of crowd dynamics is the most important factor toward achieving efficient crowd management and providing information to people on the street. Industry Partner, yStop, provides different cities in Western Australia with smart street furniture such as smart bins displaying digital content. The project aims to develop a real-time group-based recommender system which is based on real-time measurement of crowd dynamics. The proposed system is scalable as it utilises existing Internet of Things infrastructure of smart street furniture.

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Najmeh Fayyazifar and Minister Dave Kelly

Applicant: Najmeh Fayyazifar

Institution: Edith Cowan University

Industry Partner: Fiona Stanley Hospital

Project Title: Developing a novel deep learning architecture for automatic cardiac arrhythmia detection and classification

Project Summary:

Cardiac arrhythmias are one of the most common conditions associated with cardiovascular diseases. Electrocardiographic (ECG) signal is a standard test used for monitoring cardiac activity and abnormality detection. However, due to the wide range of abnormalities in heart rhythm and also the low amplitude of ECG, visual diagnosis of abnormalities in ECG is challenging for non-specialist physicians. The aim of this project is to build a neural network-based system that could be used to classify different types of arrhythmia. The system would benefit non-specialist and junior physicians in diagnosing cardiac abnormalities more accurately, thereby reducing the cost to individuals and the health system of misdiagnosis.

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Behzad Heidari and Minister Dave Kelly

Applicant: Behzad Heidari

Institution: University of Western Australia

Industry Partner: Orthocell Ltd

Project Title: Biodegradable scaffold systems with gradient properties for soft-to-hard interface tissue engineering

Project Summary:

Tendon pathology occurs most frequently in sports-related injuries, such as rupture of the Achilles tendon. Tissue engineering approaches have successfully developed single tissue types, but there is a need for methods that will allow the development of composite tissues. Industry Partner, Orthocell, is an Australian regenerative medicine company, and aims to develop a new composite scaffold based on one of its products, CelGro®. The main goal of this project is to produce and evaluate a different range of biodegradable scaffolds to resemble the original tissue. The platform will address several levels of injuries as well as targeting several age ranges.

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Priyanjali Mithal and Minister Dave Kelly

Applicant: Priyanjali Mithal

Institution: University of Western Australia

Industry Partner: Perth Clinic Trust

Project Title: Monitoring and implementation of innovative evidence-based interventions to reduce suicide risk by reducing self-harm among psychiatric inpatients

Project Summary:

Self-harm is a behaviour that occurs during hospitalisation and is known not only to predict suicide attempts, but also to markedly increase the probability of future attempts. This project will initiate a three-step program of research to build upon Industry Partner, Perth Clinic Trust’s, Australian Research Council-Linkage funded project on the monitoring of clinical deterioration. The primary outcome of the project will be to reduce clinical deterioration and lessen self-harm events while a patient is in hospital. In addition, the project will provide a “proof of concept” for prediction of self-harm using electronic monitoring that could be translated beyond the hospital using mobile technologies.

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Timothy O'Grady and Minister Dave Kelly

Applicant: Timothy O’Grady

Institution: Curtin University

Industry Partner: Quantify Technology Ltd

Project Title: Testing the circular economy principals in the prefabricated constructed industry

Project Summary:

The home automation industry has suffered a slow uptake in an area that was predicted to boom in recent years. The four main reasons cited for the lack of uptake are lack of awareness, fragmentation, security concerns and cost. There is also a gap in understanding the benefits that can be gained by the integration of home automation and the energy and subsequent cost saving that can be attributed to the adoption of automation. Industry Partner, Quantify Ltd, produce products which are adaptable and transform traditionally-wired houses into smart homes using a flexible wall switch that is connected to the WiFi network. The intended outcome of this industry fellowship is to increase the market uptake of home automation in the Australian construction industry.

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Jonathon Stewart and Minister Dave Kelly

Applicant: Jonathon Stewart

Institution: University of Western Australia

Industry Partner: Jurcevic Consulting

Project Title: The use of artificial intelligence in emergency medicine (with a focus on deep learning and undifferentiated presentations)

Project Summary:

Over recent years, AI capability has progressed greatly, demonstrating the ability to significantly impact the practice of modern medicine. Despite these achievements, the integration of AI solutions with daily clinical practice remains underdeveloped. This project will test a new objective method to evaluate appropriateness of imaging investigations for an individual patient in real time, while also developing a local dataset and clinical quality registry to achieve this locally. If successfully implemented, the project will assist Western Australian clinicians to avoid wasteful intervention, adopt best investigation practices, and avoid unnecessary risks and harms to patients.

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Navid Mavaddat and Minister Dave Kelly

Applicant: Navid Mavaddat

Institution: Edith Cowan University

Industry Partner: Lazcath Pty Ltd

Project Title: Simulation of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) signal propagation in heart tissues using Markov Chain Monte Carlo method.

Project Summary:

Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects 30 million people worldwide and is a significant problem in Western Australia. Amongst treatment options for AF, catheter surgical ablation is widely employed. However, there are challenges in using this procedure including excessive tissue damage which may lead to rupture of the pulmonary vein or heart wall. Industry Partner Lazcath Pty Ltd are a WA biotech company working with ECU’s Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) to market a new hybrid fibre optic/radio frequency catheter system which incorporates user-friendly driving software. This technology will assist cardiologists to perform non-invasive microscopic assessment of lesion formation during ablation in order to avoid cardiac tissue damage. This project aims to develop a machine learning model that characterises the tissue without the need for costly and time consuming in-vivo data collection.

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Arne Adam and Minister Dave Kelly

Applicant: Arne Adam

Institution: Curtin University

Industry Partner: Australian Institute of Marine Science

Project Title: Genetic hybrid models: Using ecological and genomic tools to model future coral distributions in Western Australia

Project Summary:

Climate change and other anthropogenic stressors are pushing coral reef systems out of balance, threatening maritime industries based on tourism in regional Western Australia. This project is part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant where industrial, government and academic partners are collaborating to investigate the resilience of coral biodiversity to withstand future disturbances. This project will undertake species distribution modelling - the first time such an extensive study has been conducted in WA - and allow a flow of information between managers, regulators and research institutions, as well as communication of these ideas to the public through exhibits in the new WA Museum. In addition, the project will provide a new partnership with the WA aquarium industry by providing baseline datasets that can used to sustainably grow WA coral fishery.

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Applicant: Bobbie Chew Bigby

Institution: University of Notre Dame

Industry Partner: Kimberley Institute Ltd

Project Title: Tourism trails and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge: Understanding the connection between sustainable indigenous cultural tourism and maintenance of Indigenous knowledge and traditions

Project Summary:

The Kimberley region is increasingly becoming known for its stunning ecological richness and cultural diversity, attracting interest from travellers from throughout Australia and around the globe. The industry partner, Kimberley Institute, is an independent, Broome-based social innovation establishment that leads research into the Indigenous-led cultural economies and employment throughout the Kimberley. The aim of this project is to work collaboratively with the Karajarri Traditional Owners in developing a case study to understand how their community can engage with building a sustainable cultural tourism model that best fits their values, needs and priorities.

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Applicant: Clara Elisa Castanos Sanchez de la Barquera

Institution: University of Western Australia

Industry Partner: Bee Industry Council of WA

Project Title: Honey bee nutrition – Early detection of malnutrition and colony collapse

Project Summary:

The European honey bee is the most economically important pollinator in the world. However, the number of managed honey bee colonies are in long-term decline in many parts of the world. Nutritional stress has been considered as an important possible cause of colony losses, since nutritional health is essential for the structure and performance of the whole hive. One major issue for beekeepers is the early detection of what is termed the "skinny bee syndrome", when bees suffer nutritionally and become so unwell that they cannot recover easily. The project will identify molecular and biochemical profiles of nutritional honey bee decline and a report will be produced for beekeepers as a guide to physiological, behavioural and molecular indicators for the early onset of malnutrition in honey bees and advice on appropriate recovery supplements and timeframes.

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Applicant: Muhammad Imran Malik

Institution: Edith Cowan University

Industry Partner: Asterisk Information Security

Project Title: Malware detection in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) through nature-inspired metaheuristic algorithms

Project Summary:

The exponential growth of physical devices exchanging data over telecommunication networks during the last decade has enabled such devices to be controlled by computers, either with minimal or no human interaction. This technological shift is referred to as Cyber-Physical Systems, and it redefines conventional cyber security. The project aims to develop a set of tools that would allow critical infrastructure service providers to identify threats facing their network in an automated, real-time manner, ultimately providing actionable intelligence to enable the mitigation of these threats. Our research is aimed towards the development of a framework and software toolset to facilitate detection of network-based attacks on the Cyber-Physical System by employing artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques. The proposed mechanism is expected to benefit critical infrastructure sectors such as the telecommunication providers, automated/self-driving cars network, and financial systems by helping identify cyber threats.