Flinders Nanotech is widely recognised for research in the next generation materials and surfaces that will provide the new properties and attributes that will create the products of the future. With research leaders from physics, chemistry, biology and engineering and core capabilities in carbon based materials (such as graphene and carbon nanotubes), surface science, polymers, membranes and smart /functional coatings, researchers within the centre have the capabilities to provide a holistic and complete solution to a very wide range of technical challenges for the defence industry
Two related problem areas are the basis for our research. Data mining looks at mechanisms for finding nuggets of knowledge in a mass of data while conceptual modelling attempts to organise data in a manner that means that we retain its meaning and its context.
Our program of research thus has two interacting parts:
Flinders University Psychology Professor Nixon and his colleagues have engaged in projects working with defence (Australian Defence Force) and related organisations (e.g., Veteran’s and Veteran’s Families Counselling Service) to research and improve clinical training for clinicians who offer services for serving and post-service personnel with posttraumatic stress and associated mental health issues.This has included improved screening and identification of posttraumatic stress, accompanied by delivery of the latest researched therapies for its treatment.
Flinders Institute of Psychological Science makes assessments on a range of cognitive functions, including attention, memory and executive functioning (planning, decision making, and reasoning). Current projects are investigating the effects of a healthy diet, nutrition, and supplements for enhancing cognitive performance.
From ships to aircraft, bridges and pipelines; history has seen numerous catastrophic structural failures, such as the disintegration of the space shuttle Columbia on re-entry due to sustained wing damage, the explosive decompression of China Airlines Flight 611 from undetected metal fatigue and the Esso Longford refinery explosion caused by a brittle fracture of an oil pump. As well as the injuries and death that such events can cause, such failures have major economic impacts.
In many cases, the failure of a component or structure in-service is due to the presence of mechanical damage, such as fatigue cracks for metal or delamination for composite materials. There is, therefore, a need to evaluate the strength and integrity of engineering structures. The non-destructive testing group aims to develop new and existing techniques in order to better detect mechanical damage in components and structure.
The development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for maritime surveying and surveillance is a growth area particularly in the mineral exploration, fisheries, marine engineering, and military defence sectors. This area of research is largely untapped in Australia and yet offers much scope for multi-disciplinary research. The goal in developing such vehicles is to create self-contained, robust, intelligent decision-making robots that can be built at affordable costs. We are working on the development of a 3m vehicle as part of a CSIRO funded Flagship program. The AUV will serve as a test bed for evaluating various strategies including: guidance control, navigation, propulsion, video/sonar imaging, and communications. The primary application of this vehicle is for bathymetric surveying, pipeline tracking, and seabed assessment. Other immediate application areas include: mine detection, harbour security, pollution monitoring etc.
The Torrens Resilience Institute was established to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans. TRI are a national and international centre of excellence through the development of advanced thinking in the concept of resilience. Our mission is to assist Federal and State Governments, emergency services, organisations and civil society to enhance their leadership and management capabilities, and thus enable them to prepare for, and respond better to, disruptive challenges.
The Brain and Cognition Laboratory has a broad interest in cognitive processes, how they operate and how they might be represented in the brain. Much of this research is centred on two issues. The first is laterality research, which investigates left/right asymmetries in the brain, cognition and behaviour. The second main theme of research investigates the cognitive processes associated with spatial attention and how these are represented in the brain. A recurrent theme of this research has been asymmetries in attention, the limitations of attention and how we are distracted. The laboratory also investigates cross-modal processing (touch/vision/hearing) and timing.
CEEM represents an exciting combination of the synthetic and characterisation capabilities of Flinders University together with the energetic material expertise of the Defence Science and Technology Group.
The Centre conducts fundamental and applied research in the field of energetic materials, with a focus on defence and national security, including material synthesis, analysis, ageing, detonation behaviour, and detection techniques.
Data security, information security, network security, mobile security and cyber warfare are key issues to the protection and resilience of information systems. The complexity of addressing these issues in health, across multiple providers, software, computer platforms and clinical pathways means that an in-depth understanding of the environment of computing and healthcare is required. Flinders School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics and FDHRC have a range of expertise in the generic application of data security, information security and cyber warfare, as well as extensive specific skills in health information security, the security of data at rest and in transit, secure message delivery (SMD), and security visualisation and modelling using contemporary research techniques.
In addition, new issues have arisen from embedded and stand-alone health software, adversely impacting patient safety. FDHRC have experience in the impact assessment of technology and software on patient safety, as well as the development and testing of the safety of health software secure messaging , international standards and frameworks for security of health data, patient e-safety, and human-computer interaction using international standards.
CMECI specialises in the control of smart structures, maritime electronics, electrical systems, robotics, fatigue analysis, and video and image processing. The primary purpose of CMECI is to advocate and support a broad range of basic and applied interdisciplinary research activities that encompasses these fields.
“I thought, chemists can’t just keep doing what we are doing, creating toxic outputs and waste on a huge scale. I started writing some articles about green chemistry and next thing I was representing Australia in international initiatives on green chemistry overseas,” Professor Colin Raston.
“We are studying the stabilising materials to ensure they will remain stable for a long period of time. We want to avoid magazines of explosives going off when we don’t want them to – for obvious reasons,” Associate Professor Claire Lenehan.
“We are on the cusp of nanotechnology being useful and used right across the economy – it’s very exciting.” Professor David Lewis.
“Autonomous boats are better placed to carry out long, precise and often tedious marine searches and surveys than boats driven by humans,” Associate Professor Karl Sammut.
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