TABLE 1: MELBOURNE TEAMS
TEAM NAME LEAD INSTITUTE SCI-TECH PROPOSITION
Improving the safety, productivity and environmental performance of semi-trailers Federation University Australia
Using novel principles to improve the safety, productivity and environmental performance of semi-trailers. The safety benefits are reduced off-tracking (including corner-cutting), no-skill reversing (of any number of trailers), and immunity to jack-knifing. The environmental benefits are reduced road damage, tyre wear, and fuel consumption on turning. The productivity benefits are that more freight can be transported per driver and per prime mover. The essential feature of the superior trailer trains is that slave reference points on the trailers are made to follow the path of a master reference point located on the prime mover.
Augmented Reality (AR) based wearable tele-assistance technology: Remote Hands for Electronics Troubleshooting Swinburne University of Technology
As future ready learners, students are expected to be equipped with technical knowledge, as well as knowledge with relevant, real-world and global context. This project reimagines learning through a digital environment. To experience this work-integrated learning in an authentic learning environment, STEM students have to learn in parallel with a professional purpose, which increases their employability.
Rubberized concrete like traditional concrete RMIT University This new technology developed by the project team at RMIT can turn a recycled material, rubber concrete, into traditional concrete material without increasing its production costs. This is achieved by drastically enhancing the material properties of the recycled material through a novel way of concrete casting without use of additional materials. The application of the material in engineering is expected to save natural resources, reduce CO2 emission in constructions, help to resolve the environmental problem caused by dumping of waste tyres, reduce construction costs, and advance the concrete technology and material science.
Rapid Response Air Medical Unit for Battlefield Trauma Treatment RMIT University For stroke victims, treatment is time critical, especially within the first 'golden hour' after onset. The Australian Stroke and Heart Alliance is developing an Air Mobile Stroke Unit to improve response time for heart and stroke victims in remote areas. Similarly, studies show that rapid treatment of battlefield trauma is equally essential for a good outcome, e.g. treatment of non-compressible bleeding, airway obstruction, spine injuries and hypoxia. This project looks into the development of an Air Medical Unit based on a standard helicopter configured with equipment and personnel for in-situ trauma treatment in conflict zones.
PHRONESIS Deakin University A device that can be used in any environment to be an efficient, real-time monitor of airborne toxins. This project aims to adapt a current instrument for multi-purpose applications, such asair toxicity measurements. Adding a real-time monitoring capability to the already existing features enables the collection of critical knowledge that is useful for industries, governments, and the general public.
Smart Cricket Ball Swinburne University of Technology The Swinburne Smart Cricket Ball analyses five physical performance parameters of bowling and five newly discovered skill parameters. Additionally, the ball identifies the type of delivery (19 different types in spin bowling). This data is essential for talent identification, as well as for improving the performance of bowling. The ball transfers the data to a smart phone wirelessly, and the ball's battery is charged inductively.
Smart Insoles Swinburne University of Technology  Diabetic foot ulcer is a serious side effect of diabetes arising from polyneuropathy of the extremities. An artifical bio-feedback system may be able to prevent the formation of foot ulcers. The use of plantar pressure measuring insoles would provide this artificial biofeedback. The team has developed a low cost, high-resolution pressure sensing insoles for gait monitoring of diabetic patients. These insoles had been validated against high-end lab-based insoles. A healthy volunteer study and a clinical has shown that these insoles provided useful insights into physiological gait and pathological gait.
Intelligent Health Monitoring System for Air and Ground Vehicles RMIT University
A paradigm shift is required in the design of Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) systems to accommodate the intelligence needs for future air and ground vehicles, autonomous systems, adaptive systems, and intuitive and highly networked engineering design environments. Autonomous operations require high levels of safety and reliability assurance in real-time that current IVHM systems are unable to provide. An opportune exploitation of the data that is already being gathered by on-board sensors can be used to develop diagnostic and prognostic models to detect, diagnose and modify faulty vehicle sub-systems prior to a catastrophic event.
SELF STORAGE RMIT University
A problem with both solar cells and on-chip laser printed graphene energy storages is the optimisation of the designs for TCEs, back contact, and energy storage electrodes. Human efforts to optimise these designs have limitations, highlighting the importance of using machine learning for the optimisation process, which can result in a high efficiency on-chip solar energy storage for the next-generation technologies.
Sherlock Tech Co Monash University
By fitting a drone with a hyperspectral sensor, we will be able to capture data about the crops, and use this to predict the plants health and physiology. By comparing this data with soil samples and plant clippings, we will create a model that helps farmers most effectively apply fertiliser to their soil.
5G Monash University
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) allows for tracking of objects for identification purposes. Chipless RFID does not require a microchip, is very affordable, and can be printed on different materials directly or used as adhesive labels. Current chipless RFID tags have problems with data transfer however and break easily. We have a novel approach to produce chipless RFID tags that have robust responses in different environments and are suitable for industrial applications.
MR-AI Monash University
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a frequently used for brain, cardiac and body imaging. However, the scan times are often large (few minutes to an hour), and any patient motion during the scan degrades the image quality. In this research, we have developed two imaging solutions using state of art artificial intelligence techniques that reduces the scan time and retrospectively corrects for the imaging errors due to patient motion.
Full Endurance Monash University
Small electric drones suffer from short flight times. This problem limits their range and payload. The flight times of small drones could be significantly extended if the energy efficiency of their electric motors was improved. This may now be possible for the first time due to the recent development of a new type of nanocrystalline soft magnetic material.
Fit-for-purpose nanosensors Monash University
When large numbers of people become ill detecting the cause as quickly as possible prevents further risk to public safety. Currently samples are collected and sent to a central facility for analysis. Using nanomaterials we propose a way for toxins, drugs and chemicals to be detected instantly at the scene for a real-time response.
Nanosensor Engineering Lab Monash University
Very few technologies are available for real-time/continuous monitoring of disease-related biomarkers. Developing these technologies would have significant effects on how critical decisions are made in patient treatment. In our group we have focussed on developing biocompatible nanoparticles as sensor "tattoos" to generate detectable signals for clinically-relevant imaging.
Marmobox Monash University
Marmobox seeks to bridge the gaps between biomarkers as investigated in fundamental biomedical science and clinical application. Built in collaboration between engineers and neuroscientists, it aims to extend the capabilities of researchers by increasing experimental throughput, producing rigorous and reproducible protocols, whilst increasing the rate of clinical translation of fundamental biomedical research.
Tuneable Hand-Held Nebulisation Monash University
Our device is a new kind of nebuliser for the treatment of asthma, which effectively controls the particle size and distribution of drugs delivered to the lungs. Using microfluidics, we are able to produce a mist of micrometre diameter droplets tailored to the treatment of each individual's condition, improving patient outcomes while reducing the amount of medication needed.
Antifibrotic Technologies CSIRO Manufacturing
Implant-associated fibrotic encapsulation is a leading cause of medical device failure and represents a significant hurdle for the next-generation of indwelling biosensors and devices. The fibrous coating can have a detrimental effect on continuous blood glucose monitors, cochlear implants, and cell therapies. Our technology enables the reduction or prevention of the foreign body response via a coating, thereby improving the lifetime of implantable devices.

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