TABLE 1: Brisbane TEAMS
TEAM NAME LEAD INSTITUTE SCI-TECH PROPOSITION
Coated microcapsules CSIRO Health & Biosecurity Encapsulation is a technique widely used commercially to protect and control release of an active ingredient in a barrier to diffusion. However, when the encapsulated is a formulated product the aim is to provide a barrier to diffusion. But for small molecules, this barrier seldom does its job. We have developed novel microcapsules using a mineral shell which are capable of fully preventing unwanted loss of small molecules until release is triggered using an external force.
Biosensers The University of Queensland

Every tiny cell and molecule in our body carries out a specific task. When molecules behave erroneously, we can fall ill. Understanding how those molecules behave and move around, is essential to understand how our bodies work, and how we can heal them. We developed a microscopy method that makes the motion of moving molecules visible, without interfering with their motion or damaging them.

Sustainabale Queensland University of Technology

Data mining methods can be used to scan and filter the data from diverse sources to identify relevant information for sustainability reporting. We aim to acquire the relevant information with high accuracy and create an information repository to store the data and a web-interface and visualisation platform so that Australian agricultural industry bodies and businesses can obtain the sustainability indicators and target values automatically. We have trialled this in cotton and here we will seek to scale this across agricultural production in Australia.

InvisiCrop - A next generation biosecurity research platform CSIRO Health & Biosecurity What if we could modify crop plants so that pest insects would be unable to locate them? Insects use their sense of smell to locate targets from a distance. Generalist insect pests, such as Helicoverpa armigera, use multiple plant hosts. But they determine the plant odours of their host plant species to be differentially attractive, and therefore use them at different frequencies. We can use this knowledge to modify plants to down-regulate or turn off the production of specific compounds attractive to pest insects thereby concealing them.
HortIntel Central Queensland University Advances in AgTech to improve competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of the Australian horticultural industry is limited by the lack of decision support tools specifically designed for targeted crops. Unlike big commodities (e.g. wheat, cotton, livestock), many small horticulture crops cannot afford to develop their own data analytic and decision supporting tools due to their limited investment capacity. This project will prototype and demonstrate the commercial applicability of a customisable, cloud-based data platform to meet the diverse data analytic needs of horticultural crops. The platform will convert big data into informed real-time decision-making to promote the growth of horticulture production.
DNA Drafting CSIRO Agriculture & Food Cattle vary in their ability to resist disease, grow, and produce quality products but currently they is no easy way to identify these differences. We have developed a testing strategy called 'DNA Drafting' that enables us to match animals to different production systems based on their genetic potential.
Climate Ready Initiative Griffith University The Climate Ready Initiative will establish society-wide partnerships that support all segments of society to prepare for climate change and its related risks and opportunities. The core objective will be to develop society-wide integrative leadership, collaborative governance and coordinated action on climate change and its related risks and opportunities. We can do this via university- facilitated partnerships that generate the knowledge, capacity and application needed to address the all-pervasive nature of climate change across society. Our current piloting of this approach with the Queensland Government demonstrates both high demand and the efficacy of this model.
Omics water quality CSIRO Land & Water Current methods for monitoring water quality rely on a combination of physical, chemical and biological assessments. These measurements can be slow to perform, are costly and data can be misleading, which often results in water quality issues arising, a reduction in customer confidence and damage to organisational branding. Here, we propose a solution that uses traditional water quality data coupled with biological activity data, pathogen specificity and viability as well as biological impacts. Thus, providing a tool that has predictive capability of future issues that provides pre-emptive strategies to be implemented that manage and mitigate biological impacts before they occur.
Design and Development of Data-Driven In-Process Control For Melt Electrowriting Queensland University of Technology Digitalisation of global manufacturing has led to the idea of 'Industry 4.0' and 'Internet of Things', causing many countries to adopt national strategies for unlocking digital connectivity and transformation of their industry sectors. Additive manufacturing has been set to disrupt this global manufacturing, however, requires significant regulatory approval in terms of safety and quality control. Our solution provides an in-process control and machine vision-based system that details the manufacturing process. The data-driven approach utilises the collected data to ensure consistency across all additive manufactured products.
ClimateAdapt Crop Technologies The University of Queensland Climatic extremes limit crop productivity. In Australia, for example, many growers cite heat waves and drought as conditions that often result in crop failure, sometimes killing the entire crop and almost always negatively impacting harvest indices due to plant-stress-related issues. Current techniques available on the market for Australian growers can exacerbate the problem hence new technologies are needed. Our technologies provide growers with insurance against climatic extremes, using newly developed compounds that assist plants to function normally for longer under stressful conditions. Scientific evidence confirms that crops perform better with these compounds, resulting in better harvest indices under stressful conditions.
Pigs Can fly The University of Queensland Pigs Can Fly's neonatal clinical training facility will extend training opportunities for neonatal medical and nursing staff across Queensland. Skills are usually increased through intensive practice but this cannot be achieved in real-life situations. This team can provide intensive hands-on training so that skills are rapidly improved and consolidated. This will lead to an improvement in neonatal care across Queensland and beyond.
Meat Munchies CSIRO Agriculture & Food
Age-related sarcopenia, the global obesity epidemic and rise in non-communicable diseases such as diabetes is in part caused by unhealthy eating habits and high refined carbohydrate, low protein, nutrient poor dietary intakes. Solutions could include availability of convenient, high-protein, low-salt, nutrient-dense red meat snacks. Health-conscious consumers have increasing awareness of the role of protein in a healthy diet and red meat’s bioavailable protein and essential nutrients to reduce sarcopenia in the elderly, manage diabetes and reduce hypertension. This project will validate the value proposition for a red meat snack as a preferred “preventative health and wellness” snack.
Iam4Ag- An Integrative and Adaptative calendar of crop Management for sustainable Agricultural systems University of Southern Queensland
Accuracy in the timing and amount of nitrogen in fertiliser applications is crucial for efficient management of rice crops. However, pre-season forecasts of a cropping season can become obsolete in the tropics where rice is mostly grown. Variable weather events often dramatically alter key factors of crop growth. We propose to develop a smart crop calendar application, Iam4ag that provides seasonal outlooks in terms of climatic risk but then updates management options for nitrogen application as the season progresses. The Iam4Ag calendar will assist farmers to adapt to climate variability, maximize profitability and minimise nitrogen runoff to the environment.
BRAINS' (Boosting Recovery And Increasing Neuroplasticity in Stroke) University of Canberra
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the world and impacts 62million people globally. Recovery after stroke utilises the brain's neuroplasticity, or ability to reconnect and reorganise itself to relearn lost abilities. One way of improving the brain’s neuroplasticity is through aerobic exercise. However, it is not known how much aerobic exercise is enough to see these improvements, and how this change with different doses of this 'exercise pill'. Our work will determine the optimal dose for the ‘exercise pill’ by exploring the impact of various doses of aerobic exercise on neuroplasticity and brain health.
Personalised PSA test Queensland University of Technology
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is the current blood-based test for prostate cancer. Its reliability for prostate cancer detection is often questioned. We have data that some variants of PSA may not be measured by the current clinical test. In our current project, we will develop a modified PSA test, to discriminate the conventional and modified PSA variant. This personalised approach to modify the current PSA test could improve sensitivity and better guide decision-making on clinical care in men.
Risk prediction for glaucoma using gene screening and retinal image analysis using artificial intelligence QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Blindness can be prevented by simple treatments but half of all Australians don’t know they are affected or at risk. We propose a dramatically improved approach for glaucoma screening, leveraging the fact that glaucoma is one of the most heritable of all human diseases. We anticipate that a simple blood or saliva test in middle age could prevent thousands of Australians from going blind. Even when diagnosed, clinical management is hindered by limited ability to interpret eye scans to know when to start treatment; a problem we are solving using AI techniques.
Queensland Functional Programming Lab Data 61 (CSIRO)
The Queensland Functional Programming Lab’s idea is to bring functional programming to the businesses of Australia with a mix of developer training, evangelism and in-situ consulting/mentoring. They have team members that have migrated previous teams from imperative programming to functional and have real world experience with the benefits (including an anecdote of doing the work that they used to do with 10 java/perl devs with three functional programmers). They are prepared to do everything in their power to help bring this wins to the world.
Centre for Hypersonics The University of Queensland
The space economy is experiencing a rapid growth. Australia has a number of unique skills and expertise that could enhance space launch . and space exploration system. This project aims to deliver the appropriately skilled and industry ready graduates required grow the space launch industry in Queensland and to develop an Australian signature system, that allows Australian researchers to have impact on the international effort towards space launch systems and space travel.
Analytics on FHIR CSIRO Health & Biosecurity
Our healthcare system produces huge volumes of data – the challenge is turning this data into knowledge and applying it for the benefit of patients. We have created a set of tools that help clinicians and researchers to explore and unlock new insights from patient records, leveraging emerging standards in the area of structured health records and clinical terminology. These tools will empower the health system to learn from each patient encounter and optimise patient outcomes and resource allocation.

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