iPREP PROJECTS ROUND 1 2017

20th February - 31st March 

ASKAP SDP Processing Pipeline – Analysis and Visualisation of Quality and Performance

Our newest radio telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), has recently commenced its early science program and is already producing science results. ASKAP will create enormous terabyte datasets that require processing and analysis with high performance computing. The start of our early science program presents a need for a monitoring and reporting capability of the high-performance computing platform and the data reduction processing pipeline, in terms of astronomical quality of the science data products, processing performance, and load. It is important to be able to analyse these facets and present this information in an appropriate way for telescope operators and science teams.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

COMPANY BACKGROUND

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) provides technology and services for radio astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space sciences, and undertakes world-leading astronomical research.

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PROJECT SUMMARY

We currently use a variety of frameworks and subsystems for visualising the operations of the telescope. This project endeavours to explore ways to utilise these, or other mechanisms, to extend this to visualisation of the science data processor capability. 

For this project there are three aspects to analyse: computer platform performance and usage statistics; image quality assessment and metrics; and observation configuration and metadata. Our goal is to provide a software framework which will enable the reporting of this and future data, in a format that is useful to astronomers and allows them to determine data quality and processing parameters, which potentially impact the science results. The resulting report includes text, plots and tabular data in a PDF/HTML format which condenses the data into a form which aids visualisation.

To make the framework extensible for future requirements, an object oriented design, implemented using standard tools and data formats is being used. This provides a means to obtain a solution quickly with a high probability that it can be extended later.

 

During this project the students gain experience in:

  • problem solving

  • software development and documentation

  • high-performance computing environments

  • teamwork

  • working with like-minded individuals in a big-data science context (radio astronomy)

DAVID MICHEL

TELECOMMS ENGINEERING &

COMPUTER SCIENCE

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THE TEAM

QIAN SUN

SPATIAL SCIENCE

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PRIHADI MURDIYAT

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

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Butler College is one of the 798 schools in the Department of Education in Western Australia, the largest public sector employer in the state. The school aims to create a learning environment where students feel valued, supported and safe. The school is new and the culture is being defined, developed and supported. In 2014, the school engaged in a long-term whole-school improvement plan named “Creating a Culture of Development & Continuous Learning” facilitated by education consultant Dr Rashmi Watson. The purpose of the plan is to engage all staff in a continuous learning journey to achieve optimal success for individual, professional growth and for organisational growth.

There are many elements to the strategic plan which have been implemented and documented. Through the support of iPREPWA students, the evidence collated to date can be reported and documented for publication to a broader, educational community.  A second project to promote and market the school as a ‘school of choice’ can also be supported through the iPREPWA project.

1. Creating a Culture of Development & Continuous Learning

2. Butler College. the 'Local School of Choice'

COMPANY BACKGROUND

Butler College (BC) is an Independent Public School which opened in 2013 with the first year 8 cohort of students. Each year, an additional year level has been introduced (i.e. year 9 in 2014, year 10 in 2015 etc.) creating rapid growth in the school in a short time. In 2017, the first year 12 group of students will graduate. The College is one of the new “Inclusive Build” schools catering for mainstream and students with disabilities (students who would have attended a Special School or Education Support Centre)  and is located in the North Metropolitan region in the suburb of Butler. In 2016, there are approximately 1650 students (including 99 Education Support students) and 250 staff members. It is projected that over 2000 students will attend BC in 2017 and it will be the 4the largest school in the state for Secondary and largest secondary supportive education provider. 

PROJECT SUMMARY

Two projects will run simultaneously.

(i) Documentation of the school improvement model implemented since 2014 but not formally published for wider via research and data from 2014. Outcome expected is completion of one-two research articles for education journals.

 

(ii) Students can apply their creativity to design and develop a marketing model "Local School of Choice".  The ways in which the marketing model may be developed are open to negotiation with key stakeholders.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

BUTLER COLLEGE

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NICOLAS NAGLOO

ANIMAL BIOLOGY

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THE TEAM

JANICE LIM

EPIDEMIOLOGY

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ALEX ZHANG

ACCOUNTING

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The Research Education and Training Program (RETP) is currently developing a ground-breaking online comprehensive research skills training program.  This is freely available within WA for staff of WA Health and partner institutions that form the collaborative network of the WAHTN (including 20 organisations).  The Program consists of multiple, free-standing topics across the research process, including Good Clinical Practice which will fills a previously unmet requirement for all WA researchers.

A business and evaluation plan for the RETPs continuation and sustainable delivery model is now required to be delivered to funding partners and the broader WAHTN community

PROJECT SUMMARY

Anticipated outcomes for students include:

  1. Professional development in research skills content

  2. Ability to evaluate, analyse, write reports

  3. Experience of working in a team with support

  4. Networking opportunities with WA health and medical researchers, administrators and educators

  5. Contribution and acknowledgement to the Research Education and Training Program

Anticipated outcomes for the Program are:

  1. A sustainable business plan for the ongoing success of the RETP

  2. An evaluation of current courses in first 12 months of delivery

  3. A research paper/s reporting on the progress and outcomes of the RETP

  4. Improved researcher success in terms of skills and knowledge and research translation into policy and practise

  5. Reduction of the likelihood for institutions, researchers and participants in WA of being involved in poor quality research

STUDENT BENEFITS 

COMPANY BACKGROUND

WA Health comprises Western Australia’s public health system and provides a comprehensive range of health services across the State to improve, promote and protect the health of Western Australians.  Our vision is to provide healthier, longer and better quality lives for all Western Australians regardless of location or circumstance. The Research Development Unit (RDU), in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health WA, provides policy advice on health and medical research, including research governance and intellectual property management, and funding for research institutes, projects and infrastructure in WA.

 

Over and above existing funding for research of around $14-15million pa, the State Government has made a significant additional commitment to health and medical research through the FutureHealth WA initiative, allocating $30million over 4 years starting in 2013/14.  WA Health is a partner of the WAHTN and funds the Research Education and Training Program (RETP) for which this application seeks iPREP students.

The Research Education & Training Program: Providing a sustainable future for health researchers.

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WA HEALTH TRANSLATION NETWORK

ROSE FERRELL

SCREENWRITING

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THE TEAM

EDI NURYATNO

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

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NURMALA SIMBOLAN

EDUCATION

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TREADLIE ENGINEERING

PROJECT TITLE

Mechanical and Application Analysis of Treadlie Engineering's Continuously Variable Transmission

PROJECT SUMMARY

Treadlie Engineering has developed a novel CVT for bicycles that has applications in other fields and is currently undergoing design proof and prototyping stages.

Project scope

The iPREP project scope is as follows:

  • CVT Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

  • Development of a CVT assembly test rig

  • Development of rigorous CVT test procedures

  • Research of technology fields other than cycling to identify and report on other applications where Treadlie's CVT has a compelling technical competitive advantage

COMPANY BACKGROUND

Advanced Transmission Systems Holdings (ABN 86 163 784 209) is a Perth based start-up technology company that has developed a novel Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for bicycles that will also have applications in other industries, such as applications in the automotive, mobile equipment, and industrial plant sectors. The solution creates a drivetrain which differs from currently used drivetrain technologies in a number of respects.

WALTER IKEALUMBA

MECHANICAL & CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

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THE TEAM

AMIR NAJAFI AMIN

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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SONG XUE

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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THE FEEL GREAT CHALLENGE

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Development of a unique weight loss supplement to support our digital health platform

COMPANY BACKGROUND

The Feel Great Company (FGC) was created in 2013 with the goal of delivering evidence based and sustainable weight loss interventions for Australians through a large network of pharmacies. Although the individual intervention results were outstanding the total volume of users underperformed expectations. Having invested heavily in evidence based content and a scaleable platform the team at FGC have been looking to take the business in a new direction by enabling white label integration. Although the opportunity for large connected businesses or individuals is apparent we also see a gap in the market for the personal training and mid-tier Instagram personalities to utilise our platform and deliver a wellness intervention for their followers/clients.

KABIR UDDIN

 BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY 

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