Over $1m in successful ARC Linkage funding for ECMS

Congratulations to Dr Markus Wagner, Professor Mark Jaksa and their respective teams for successfully securing over AU$1m for their Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage projects.

The Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

The Linkage Projects grant opportunity supports projects which initiate or develop long term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

Markus Wagner

Dr Markus Wagner, Lead CI
with Professor Tat-Jun Chin and Professor Ian Reid, School of Computer Science
Collaborative Sensing and Learning for Maritime Situational Awareness – $643,565

The project aims to demonstrate coordinated autonomous sensing of naval assets in dynamic maritime environments, reducing the operation load required to deliver a high quality maritime situational awareness. A realist simulation based approach will help us develop novel artificial intelligence technology including: self-adaptive strategies for dynamic asset allocation, embedded smart sensing capabilities for naval observation systems and novel approaches to continuous collaborative learning from multi-spectral media. In addition to the emerging partnership between participants, the project will advance sovereign capability to develop maritime intelligence gathering technology for the Royal Australian Navy to underpin stability in our region.

Mark Jaksa

Professor Mark Jaksa, Lead CI
with An Deng, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
Accelerating Consolidation and Closure of Mine Tailings Storage Facilities – $376,265

All mining operations involve the production of waste. Many regard such waste (tailings) and their environmentally acceptable storage as constituting the largest waste problem on earth because of the enormous damage and loss-of-life that have resulted from failures of tailings storage facilities. This project focuses on a dewatering technology, electro-osmosis (EO), which has yet to be fully operationalised, for improving the strength, stability and settlement characteristics of the tailings. Sophisticated testing will be undertaken at three scales (lab, meso and, most importantly, field), as well as the development of generic numerical models, to create practical guidelines to facilitate the implementation of EO in mines around the world.

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