Leading UTS research attracts ARC funding for 2017

Three ARC Discovery Projects and one DECRA have been funded to expand UTS expertise in big data. Image: Thinkstock

Three ARC Discovery Projects and one DECRA have been funded to expand UTS expertise in big data. Image: Thinkstock

In summary: 
  • UTS has been awarded funding totalling $9.6m in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding
  • The 24 successful research proposals include microbiology, data science, energy, sustainability, economics and humanities and social science research

UTS was one of only 12 universities to be awarded more than $9.5m in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, announced on 1 November. Twenty-four research proposals across five faculties attracted funding totalling $9.6m.

“In an increasing competitive environment, it is pleasing to see UTS continue its upwards trajectory of funding received by the ARC,” says UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Glenn Wightwick.

“Congratulations to all successful recipients on being awarded funding in this latest round – this result is a testament to our academic talent here at UTS.

“Our successful proposals, which cover the fields of microbiology, data science, energy, and humanities and social science research, showcase the breadth and depth of UTS research, and support our bold vision to become a world-leading university of technology.”

This 2017 funding was awarded across the Discovery Projects (DP), Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Future Fellowships (FT) and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) funding schemes. The successful proposals, across the faculties of Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Arts and Social Sciences, Business, and Law – are as diverse as they impactful.

They include designing protocols to secure cloud quantum computing, studying the technological responses to climate change, measuring the welfare implications of social health insurance reforms and understanding pornography’s effects on its audiences.

2017 ARC DECRA Dr Paul Walker from the Faculty of Engineering and IT. Photographer: Joanne Saad 2017 ARC DECRA Dr Paul Walker from the Faculty of Engineering and IT. Photographer: Joanne Saad

Dr Paul Walker, now a 2017 ARC DECRA, follows a strong academic pathway with UTS, having completed his PhD with the Faculty of Engineering and IT, and shortly after, awarded a prestigious Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2014. Walker’s research aims to develop alternative hybrid electric and pure electric vehicle technologies for the Australian commercial vehicle sector, exploring vehicle technologies that have the potential to reduce fuel in this sector by up to 50 per cent.

 

UTS Future Fellowship awardees for 2016 (3):

Dr Iain Duggin, Faculty of Science - Establishing a New Paradigm in Cell Division: Dual FtsZs in Archaea

Dr Jonathan Marshall, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Society and climate change: A social analysis of disruptive technology

Dr Peter Rohde, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Secure quantum computing in a distributed world

UTS projects awarded in the 2017 ARC Discovery Projects scheme (15):

Dr Mikhail Anufriev, UTS Business School - Real Economy and Financial Networks: Formation, Structure, Policy Responses

Professor Katherine Biber, Faculty of Law - The Last Outlaw: Making a Nation from the Crimes of Jimmy Governor

Professor Carolyn Cartier, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Governing the City in China: The Territorial Imperative

Professor Jinjun Chen, Faculty of Engineering and IT - BigPrivacy: Scaling privacy preservation for big data applications on cloud

Dr Emma Christopher, Faculty of Law - Josefa's Legacy: Cultural Defences against Slavery and Trafficking

Professor Philip Doble, Faculty of Science - Multiplexed bio-imaging mass spectrometry

Professor Jane Hall, UTS Business School - The Medicare Safety Net and its impact on moral hazard, equity and welfare

Professor Alfredo Huete, Faculty of Science - Satellite tracking of emerging health threats from grass pollen exposure

Professor Lesley Johnson, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - The Institutions of the Humanities; an Australian history

Professor Jie Lu, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Cross-Domain Knowledge Transfer for Data-Driven Decision Making

Dr Diane McDougald, Faculty of Science - Effect of predation on virulence traits of opportunistic pathogens

Professor Alan McKee, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Pornography's effects on audiences: explaining contradictory research data

Associate Professor Youngki Shin, UTS Business School - High-dimensional Models with a Change Point

Professor Darryl Veitch, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Re-Engineering Internet Timekeeping for Scalability, Accuracy, and Trust

Professor Guoxiu Wang, Faculty of Science - Running on salt - sodium-ion batteries for renewable energy storage

UTS is also a participant in four externally-led, collaborative DPs with UNSW, University of Sydney, and University of Adelaide.

UTS DECRA awardees for 2017 (5):

Dr Yanwei Fu, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Life-long learning in the understanding of big data

Dr Danielle Logue, UTS Business School - Impact Investing and the Global Diffusion of Social Stock Exchanges

Dr Peiyuan Qin, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Multi-functional Antenna Arrays for Secure and Reliable Wireless Systems

Dr Dawei Su, Faculty of Science - Materials architecture design for low-cost energy storage application

Dr Paul Walker, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Electrifying commercial vehicles in Australia

UTS project awarded in the 2017 LIEF funding round (1):

Professor Andrew Mowbray, Faculty of Law - Comprehensive free access to Australian industrial and workplace law

UTS is also a participant in seven externally-led, collaborative LIEF grants with UNSW, University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, Monash and Victoria University.