• CC2510: Digital Logic and Computing Methods (Level 2; TSV)
  • EE4000: Signal Processing 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • EE4500: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Design (Level 4; TSV)
  • EG1012: Electric Circuits (Level 1; TSV)

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Control Tools and Technologies for Established Pest Animals and Weeds Programme

Improving the accuracy of weed killing robots with new image processing algorithms and near infra-red spectroscopy techniques

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$271,772 over 3 years
Automated weed species recognition remains a major obstacle to the development and industry acceptance of robotic weed control technology. Particular problems occur in rangeland applications, including high light variability and weed-camera distance variability, which cause camera dynamic range problems, image blurring, and occlusion by other plants. This project aims to develop robust image recognition systems combined with Near Infra-Red spectroscopic methods for these complex rangeland environments with special emphasis on the broad-acre grazing pastures in North Queensland. The developed imaging systems will be suitable for all weed killing applications with particular emphasis given to foliar spot-spraying and Herbicide Ballistic Technologies.
Ron White, Bronson Philippa, Alex Olsen and Owen Kenny in collaboration with Brett Wedding, Michael Graham, Carole Wright and Stephen Grauf (College of Science & Engineering, QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Forestry)
Weed; Near-Infra-Red; Robotics; Image Analysis

Townsville General Hospital - Private Practice Trust Fund

Is helicopter transport safe for divers with decompression illness? A prospective simulation study evaluating intravascular bubble formation in healthy volunteers exposed to vibration versus stillness following a Table 14 (241.3kPa) hyperbaric treatment

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Diving is a common recreational activity. Unfortunately diving does have risks which include decompression illness (DCI). DCI involves formation of gas bubbles. Treatment usually involves re-pressurisation in special chambers designed to 'squash' the bubbles which can only be done in certain hospitals. Divers may need to be transported urgently by helicopters from the reef to hospital. However, some people believe that the vibration of the helicopter may increase the number of bubbles and make symptoms worse before divers can access treatment. This study will determine if this is true - will bubbles actually be increased by the vibration associated with helicopter flight?
Denise Blake, Lawrence Brown, Peter Aitken, Peter Grabau and Owen Kenny in collaboration with David Cooksley, Peter Bisaro, Gregory Huppatz and Corry Van den Broek (College of Science & Engineering, Private Consultant / Practitioner, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Townsville Hospital and Health Services, Emergency Management Australia and Royal Hobart Hospital)
Diving; embolism, air; decompression sicklness; air ambulance; hyperbaric oxygenation; ultrasonography, doppler

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  • Improving the accuracy of weed species detection for robotic weed control in complex real-time environments (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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