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EE/Mechatronics/Enviro: Improve remote environmental sensing system (sensors, IoT, software platform

AJJA Technologies

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Closed Posted: 25 Oct 18. Closes: 28 Nov 18 Available: Summer vac + Semester 1 (Dec - Jun)

UPDATE 14/12: a student has been appointed to this project

Summer vac + Semester 1 2019 project

(NOTE: location is Lismore, Northern NSW - you must be able to travel regularly to the company's site - especially over summer vacation). Own transport needed.

QUT WIL offers a bursary which students can apply for (up to $750) - to help with travel / living away from home expenses - see details (USQ may have a similar bursary):

** PLEASE NOTE - UQ students are not able to apply for projects starting over summer, this year. UQ & CEED are in the process of finalising a new client & student agreement to cover UQ students on CEED projects, from now on. Unfortunately the agreement won't be finalised in time for a summer start project. Please look out for Semester 1 only projects - and apply for those **

This project will suit final year / Masters level Electrical / Electronics / Mechatronics Eng students
 - who have skills / interest in remote environmental monitoring (sensors, IoT, software platforms) and can enrol in final year thesis or Masters project in Sem 1 2019. 

The successful applicant will receive a $6,000 scholarship + academic credit - thesis / Masters project enrolment (24cps-QUT; 2 units - USQ).

APPLICANTS NOTE - you must be available to work on this project over Summer vacation 2018/19 (5 days/week) + 3 days / week during Semester 1 2019 (working around your lecture timetable for Sem1). This project will be your final year thesis topic / Masters project - enrolment/assessment in Semester 1 2019.

APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE (in your CV): student ID number, your unofficial academic transcript/s on final pages of your CV (undergrad + current Masters, if applicable), including Semester 2 subject list (without results). 

Location: Lismore NSW
Categories: Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering

Project Background / Description

The project uses a novel calibration algorithm to enable use of ion selective electrodes in field applications for real time monitoring of nitrogen load from agriculture that is impacting the great barrier reef.

The goal of the project is to develop and implement a significantly lower cost sensor option than current alternatives. The project needs to provide low cost, low maintenance, real time signals to enable practical support and evidence to support improved agricultural practices for minimising nitrogen load to the reef - which has impacts on both bleaching and crown of thorns populations.


AJJA Technologies is developing and commercialising ion selective field effect transistors for remote and industrial monitoring of inorganic environmental contaminants.

Objectives / Tasks / Project Outcomes

Sensors have been installed around north queensland in remote sites. The project objectives are to collate data and improve instrument calibrations, prepare a platform for data sharing and access by various stakeholders, and contribute to application development for additional sensing applications.

Skills / Experience Required

Skills required will be any of:

  • analytical instrumentation or instrumental signal manipulation
  • remote data management and platform/system development
  • environmental monitoring (remotely - eg. possibly IoT, sensors)
  • ICT application development
  • Electrical / Electronics / Mechatronics Eng student (final year or Masters)

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