TABLE 1: townsville TEAMS
TEAM NAME LEAD INSTITUTE SCI-TECH PROPOSITION
Climate - Resilient Economies and Transformative Cities James Cook University
Orthodox methods of addressing climate change adaptation plans and sustainable economic growth in cities are no longer adequate. They have not only ignored the ongoing structural changes associated with development, but also failed to account for evolving industries' composition and the emergence of new skills. Marginalised communities and exposed urban-areas (that experience higher susceptibility to climate change) have been largely ignored in adaptation plans. This project provides community empowerment solutions as potential catalysts for capacity building within communities in cities, to facilitate climate change action, and to achieve our vision of transformative cities this is supported through networks of organisations.
The Plate Group James Cook University
The project that we are working on is a thermally controlled real time behavioural and growth analysis system. We incorporate a microcontroller capable of computer vision with a precisely controlled heating and cooling temperature plate, the combination of which forms a novel scientific analysis and automatic reporting system. Our device analyses the subject in the real time, embedding data into the video/still feed which can be viewed through its own web page on any wirelessly connected device.
Rabin Tuladhar James Cook University
Australia produces 1.5 million tonnes of waste glass every year, only half of which is recycled. This project aims to develop a new commercial market of recycling crushed glass waste as a partial cement and sand replacement in concrete. Use of recycled glass in concrete not only reduces the amount of waste going into landfills but will also reduce the consumption of cement and natural sand in the construction industry. Reduction of every tonne of cement production reduces a tonne of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere. Avoiding excessive dredging of sand from rivers also help to prevent river ecosystem degradation.
Resource Recovery: Waste to Energy Generation James Cook University
Microwave pyrolysis is an efficient, fast, cheap and environmentally friendly process to assist breakdown of different kinds of waste materials and manufacture different useful by-products such as biogas, bio-oil and bio char. This project aims to use a custom developed microwave technology to convert different streams of waste into valuable by-products and use the by-products for energy generation. In addition, better waste processing and resource recovery techniques are needed to protect our environment, especially fragile ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland. The energy recovery from the by-products will assist to generate income from the waste materials.
Allergy diagnosis James Cook University
Allergic disease is highly prevalent in Australia and imposes serious health risks to sufferers. The diagnosis of allergy is cumbersome, requiring specialised knowledge to identify potential allergic triggers, or allergen sources. Current diagnostics in Australia are limited in the number of allergens they can identify and by the lack of trained health professionals. We propose setting up a telehealth service which will offer a diagnostic test that will screen against hundreds of allergens at once, providing an exhaustive list of potential causative agents. This will enable the GP's to advise patients on how to adequately manage their allergy.
Reinventing Furrow Irrigation CSIRO Agriculture & Food
Irrigation across Australia is dominated by bed and furrow irrigation systems, in which crops are planted on the beds and irrigation water is supplied down the furrows. This form of irrigation is very inefficient and wasteful of water. We have a solution that uses an impermeable membrane on the base of the furrow to radically improve water use efficiency by minimising the deep drainage vertically below the impermeable membrane and maximising the lateral movement of water and nutrients into the bed, which is where the roots are so they can take up the water.

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