Congratulations also to the EIS researchers have been successful in ARC-LIEF grants led by other institutions. Details of these are below.
The University of Sydney Professor Geraint Lewis; Professor Marc Wilkins; Associate Professor Evatt Hawkes; Professor Eric Kennedy; Professor Michael Ferry; Professor Graham King; Professor Albert Zomaya; Professor Madeleine Beekman; Professor Willy Susilo; Professor Roland Goecke; Professor Simeon Simoff; Dr Rose Andrew; Associate Professor Michael Ford; Dr Kei-Wai Cheung; Associate Professor Gianluca Ranzi Distributed memory cluster: This project aims to establish a new supercomputing facility. The NSW research community has used high performance computing (HPC) to achieve major breakthroughs across a diverse range of disciplines including astrophysics, bioinformatics, environmental science, information technology and engineering. As the use of HPC increases, the application-specific needs of the research community become more diverse, requiring greater flexibility as well as higher performance. The present facility is no longer internationally competitive, and is hampering progress in cutting edge research. The new cluster is designed to provide a greater than 10-fold increase in computing capability. $1,040,000
The University of Melbourne Professor Abbas Rajabifard; Professor Robert Stimson; Professor Bill Randolph; Professor Christopher Pettit; Professor Jane Hunter; Associate Professor Jonathan Corcoran; Professor Sharon Biermann; Professor Robert Tanton; Professor Barbara Norman; Professor Pascal Perez; Dr Saeid Mohsen Kalantari Soltanieh; Dr Rohan Chandralal Wickramasuriya Denagamage Urban analytics data infrastructure: This project aims to develop an urban analytics data infrastructure that builds on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. This digital data infrastructure intends to enable the integration, harmonisation, connectivity and scalability of multi-source urban datasets. This infrastructure is required to underpin the next generation of data-driven modelling and decision-support tools to enable the design of smart, productive and resilient cities. These capabilities are predicated on the adoption of ISO standards, development of new ontological frameworks and an urban data dictionary to enable semantic inferencing of datasets and the development of data structures and services. This framework would then be applied to data relevant to people, land and urban infrastructure to support comparative and multi-dimensional analytics. $805,000
The University of New South Wales Associate Professor Thomas Wiedmann; Professor Manfred Lenzen; Dr Steven Kenway; Professor Paul Lant; Dr Anthony Halog; Professor Pascal Perez; Dr Robert Crawford; Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf; Dr Maria Balatbat; Professor Gary Monroe Enhanced modelling capacity for the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory: This project aims to enable Australian research leaders working on the integrated sustainability assessment of policies, products and projects to collaborate in the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab). It seeks to develop and implement an enhanced modelling capability and suite of online analytical tools to support sustainability scientists and analysts from Australia and abroad conducting research projects of national and international significance. In particular, the project would provide policy-makers, investors and communities with detailed and tailored information to help make better decisions about a sustainable future. By upgrading IELab hardware and analytical and modelling software, the project would be versatile and flexible and remain up to date. $260,000
Monash University Dr Amin Heidarpour; Professor Xiao-Ling Zhao; Professor Mark Bradford; Professor Guoxing Lu; Professor David Thambiratnam; Associate Professor Alex Remennikov; Professor Brian Uy; Associate Professor Chengqing Wu; Dr Tuan Ngo; Professor Pathegama Ranjith; Dr Sabrina Fawzia National drop weight impact testing facility: The national drop weight impact testing facility aims to enable dynamic tests on geo- and construction materials and systems. This facility aims to provide state-of-the-art technology to observe the real-time behaviour of elements and sub-assemblies under combined quasi-static and impact loading. Understanding material behaviour under dynamic loading is essential in dealing with many engineering problems. The facility may advance understanding of the fundamental behaviour of critical infrastructure exposed to impact loading and will foster innovations in design and construction. Applications may include improvement of the structural safety of infrastructure including railway networks, tunnels and bridges, and also the development of cost-effective and environmentally friendly building and construction materials. $235,000
The University of Sydney Professor Xiaozhou Liao; Professor Julie Cairney; Associate Professor Cheng Lu; Associate Professor Chunhui Yang; Dr Patrick Trimby; Professor Huijun Li; Dr Gwenaelle Proust; Professor Yang Xiang; Professor Yiu-Wing Mai A tool to observe nanoscale deformation by transmission Kikuchi diffraction: This project seeks to establish an advanced in-situ characterisation capability for understanding the nanoscale processes that govern the properties of materials and how microstructures change during straining. A custom-designed mechanical straining device will operate within a scanning electron microscope configured for orientation mapping with the new technique of transmission Kikuchi diffraction. The facility, which would be the first in the world, is designed to have a very high spatial structural resolution of only a few nanometres for crystal orientation mapping and can be operated at temperatures up to 400 °C. The resulting knowledge may provide guidance for the design of structural materials and materials processing with applications in aerospace, transportation and medical devices. $185,000