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Each DIN member university provides two scholarships for Australian PhD students to support projects with defence focus. DIN provides additional funding towards the stipend and contributes to its project costs.

Soldier Physical Performance Enhancement

Macquarie University

This project investigates the means to safely preserve soldier’s physical capability through the application of medical/ pharmacological treatment and explore opportunities for safely expanding physical performance beyond the baseline.

Surface Vessel Detection using GPS Reflectometry

University of New South Wales

The project will characterise the ability to detect ocean surface vessels using GNSS-Reflectometry and STARE processing from a high altitude Unmanned Airborne Vehicle (UAV) or Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

Structural Supercapacitors

University of New South Wales

The project aims to integrate a supercapacitor function into a carbon fibre reinforced polymer composite component without any parasitic weight burden in order to increase the energy storage density of state-of-the-art energy storage devices in electrical transport applications.

Real-time Cognitive Measures for Enhanced Human Performance

University of Newcastle

This project focuses on adaptive training and specifically evaluating the real-time use of cognitive measures to adjust he difficulty of immersive simulation training scenarios.

Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) and Data Fusion for Improvised Threat Detection

University of Wollongong

This project aims to develop a modular and flexible Improvised Threat Object detection systems and an advanced decision support system by incorporating multiple sensor outputs with situational awareness information.

Real-time ATR of Naval Mines with AUV Sonar Imaging

University of Wollongong

This project aims to develop a real-time automatic system for locating and recognising different types of naval mines, using the sonar images acquired by autonomous underwater vehicles.

AI-enabled Software-Defined Radio for Tactical Communications

University of Sydney

The aim of the project is to utilise advances in Software Defined Radios (SDR) technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Metamaterials to investigate and design a portable software-defined radio architecture that is able to adapt to an evolving radio frequency environment.

Tunable Laser Eye Protection

University of Sydney

The project aims to develop an optical material that can be tuned to absorb desired wavelengths to provide laser ocular protection when utilising laser technology and emerging directed energy capabilities.

Analysis of termite vibrations to innovate stealthy hexapod gait

University of Technology Sydney

While hexapods are being designed and build for life rescue missing in natural disaster regions, to climb walls and bridges, enter into otherwise inaccessible areas, little knowledge is yet adapted from nature to mimic a natural walking gait.

This project will study motion signatures, excitation and walking patterns of ants and termites. The extracted signature will be implemented in existing hexapods that will be used to develop future quiet hexapods

Embodied Learning and Control for Autonomous Systems

University of Technology Sydney

There is a compelling need to develop unmanned technologies to ensure reliable and effective cooperation between people and machines during dynamic military operations.

This project investigates a principled framework to enable intelligent agents such as mobile robots, self-driving cars, and drones to learn optimal control policies in an unstructured and rapidly changing environment.

Trust in Human Autonomy Teaming

Western Sydney University 

The aim of the project is to investigate factors during human-autonomy interactions which influence the likelihood of the human trusting the advice, actions or recommendations of an autonomous teammate.

Event-based Imaging for Space Situational Awareness

Western Sydney University

The proposed research project will explore the potential of a novel class of imaging devices known as event-based sensors to the fields of space situational awareness and related aerospace applications.

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