TABLE 1: BRISBANE TEAMS
TEAM NAME LEAD INSTITUTE SCI-TECH PROPOSITION
Team Boomtown The University of Queensland The UQ Boomtown Toolkit provides a transparent, scientifically rigorous method for companies, governments and philanthropists to be more effective investors in social sustainability initiatives. The Toolkit method enables communities affected by resource or other infrastructure development (and decommissioning) to realise long-term benefits from short-term opportunities. This toolkit directly addresses, and provides insight into responding to situations of rapid growth (or decline), rapid investment (and withdrawal), and associated cumulative impacts. At a time of energy source transition, widespread human displacement and increasing public pressure for transparency and accountability in policy and decision-making, the Toolkit is both timely and relevant.
Athena - Online STEM education systems University of Southern Queensland Online courses typically are valuable as a resource to a teacher or other educational provider. Our system provides everything that a traditional classroom learning experience would, except all information is available online. The subjects are self-paced, and our multi-faced student support systems are integrated into the course materials. We are providing highly capable, secondary school students with the opportunity to study advanced STEM education and gain direct entry into university and 21st century STEM careers. Talented students can learn at their own pace, at any time and anywhere in the world using an independent, personalised learning model.
Cognitive Cybernetics Team RMIT University Our idea is the culmination of two decades’ research in defence and aerospace systems. In recent years, we have developed a methodology that assesses users’ cognitive states by continuously monitoring their biometric information as well as key operational parameters. These real-time estimations are used to drive reconfigurations in display elements and system autonomy, allowing adaptive display formats and operating modes tailored to individual operators. Cognitively-driven adaptive systems provide a promising pathway to trusted autonomous operations in network-centric warfare, and have shown great promise in other automated or information-centric applications, such as air traffic management, multi-platform control and single pilot operations.
Indigenous art University of Southern Queensland This project is facilitating an innovative approach to providing an economically viable way to present Southern Queensland Indigenous visual and creative arts outcomes. The idea is that this project will support the Indigenous art community so that it can have economically viable outcomes, and so that it can give greater visibility regarding the Indigenous stories of Southern Queensland. The environment for a more audible voice is piqued toward this outcome as interest in Indigenous ways of being are a growth area of interest. This project will enhance knowledge of Indigenous ideas, but also support Indigenous economic and cultural sustainability.
PuP program Griffith University The Parents under Pressure (PuP) program is a family-support parenting program for complex families, struggling with parental substance misuse, financial disadvantage, and where children may be in the child protection system or on the 'edge of care'. Griffith University has delivered PuP since 2010, providing a 'framework for practice' for practitioners throughout Australia, UK, Ireland and New Zealand. We seek to design, develop and deliver an accessible, mixed-mode, scaleable business model for the program, to enable wider dissemination of PuP. Our ultimate goal is to keep children out of the child protection system, at home with safe and loving families.
Carbon Footprint of Water University of Southern Queensland Agencies and organizations responsible for water supply, wastewater treatment and stormwater source control in Australia do not evaluate their water services based on carbon footprint yet. A tool “carbon footprint of water” can be used to estimate carbon emissions from water supply, water end-uses, wastewater treatment and stormwater source control. The tool can be utilized to find the best option that can reduce carbon emissions. It helps water managers understand the amount of water related energy use and evaluate the potential to reduce carbon emissions through water conservation, water reuse and recycling, improving efficiency and adoption of green water infrastructures.
Aqua Breeding Database James Cook University Aquaculture species are difficult to selectively breed due to their biology and the required farming practices. We have developed a user-friendly database & web based software which implements aquaculture breeding workflows & data management solutions which can lead to improved product quality and farm outcomes. Combined with consulting services, this is a unique offering to aquaculture farmers to improve their data management practices and facilitate genetics driven selective breeding which can result in initial productivity increases of approximately 12.5 per cent per generation. Our software & services are aimed at the $1.3+ billion Australian aquaculture market with an initial focus on prawn.
Skins Aive Infrastructure James Cook University By making infrastructure alive - by employing low-cost IoT sensors and Cloud processing - Skins Alive will be able to monitor all sorts of infrastructure. Old or new, big or small, static or mechanical, concrete or steel - all types of infrastructure can treated as a living system constantly feeding back information about its own health and remnant life. Buildings and bridges will be able to talk to us and tell us when they need maintenance and inspection. Across the economy $B's can be saved by infrastructure owners in a new era of connected, intelligent infrastructure.
N-of-1 toolbox The University of Queensland We are developing an N-of-1 digital toolbox (integrated digital system with mobile platform for clinicians and patients) to design, conduct and analyse N-of-1 trials. N-of-1 trials measure treatment response in individuals, using multiple alternating randomised active and non-active treatments. They provide personalised information about treatment effectiveness, empowering patients. Data across many N-of-1 trials can be aggregated to provide group results. This requires far less participants (so faster and cheaper), than a conventional clinical trial for equivalent power. The toolbox will save time and money for Australian Complementary Medicine companies' clinical research and reduce economic hurdles of developing many novel treatments.
Algae Vax The University of Queensland Australia’s $358 million prawn industry is threatened by White Spot Syndrome Disease. This disease has has cost the industry ~$100mio in the last year alone. Imagine if you could eradicate WSSV and save the industry from decline. Our microalgae based prawn feed containing immune-activating ‘vaccines’ will not only help wipe out WSSV completely, but will also increase the growth rate and improve the overall health of the prawns.

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