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Research sprint scheme

In the final year of the Centre’s active operations, the Centre developed and launched the Research Sprint Scheme. The scheme was funded with $469k of surplus Central funds that were now available due to a scaled down 2020 Annual Retreat, reduced travel activity, salary savings, and underspent funds left over from other support scheme projects. The scheme was designed to assist members with driving a final burst of activity, to finish the Centre on a high, and to provide a strong foundation for even more research activity to continue beyond ACEMS.

The scheme funded a range of different project types with tangible research outputs including proof of concept and feasibility studies, projects with government and industry, building on existing projects, and laying the foundations for future studies after the closure of the Centre.

Researchers could request up to $30,000 per application to support their research project. Applications for projects that supported ACEMS Students, Early-Career Researchers and recent graduates, involved cross-node collaboration, collaboration with industry partners, and additional cash contributions from other sources were looked upon favourably.

The Scheme was extremely popular, receiving 25 applications within a matter of weeks. Ultimately 21 applications were approved for funding with $468,505 allocated to successful projects. This substantial investment into research resulted in a broad range of outcomes including several papers submitted to peer-reviewed journals, development of web applications for informed decision making, foundation studies to support grant applications, increased engagement with industry, and support for students and early-career researchers.

Project Applications Received

New Projects Approved


Of Funding Committed

Project Title Lead Investigator Co-Investigators Project Dates
Approximate Bayesian Computation for large and complex time series data Matias Quiroz (UTS) Chris Drovandi (QUT) Jul – Nov 2021
Bayesian Inference for Cognitive Models with Intractable Likelihood David Gunawan (UoW) Scott Brown (UoN), Guy Hawkins (UoN), Robert Kohn (UNSW), Mark Steyvers (UCI), Minh Ngoc Tran (USyd) Aug – Nov 2021
Copula directional dependence techniques for inferring directionality on gene expression data Clara Grazian (UNSW) Luca Maestrini (UTS), Emily Wong (VCCRI) Aug – Nov 2021
Electromagnetic signal propagation Holger (Paul) Keeler (UoM) George Alexandropoulos (Athens), Bartek Błaszczyszyn, (ENS/INRIA), Dominic Schuhmacher (Göttingen) Jul – Sep 2021
Emergency medical retrieval - Improving decision making with mathematics Laura Boyle (Belfast) Mel Humphries (UoA) Sep – Nov 2021
Ensuring tutoring quality via automated evaluation systems. Pierre Lafaye de Micheaux (UNSW) Selina Samuels (Cluey), Massimiliano Tani Bertuol (UNSW), Tony Wang (Cluey) Jul – Oct 2021
Exploring strategies for the construction of algorithm portfolios Mario Andres Munoz Acosta (UoM) Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi (RMIT) Oct – Nov 2021
Finite size corrections for the increasing subsequence problem Peter Forrester (UoM) Anthony Mays (UoM) Jul – Nov 2021
Flexible generative models for creation of synthetic data Kerrie Mengersen (QUT) Louise Ryan (UTS), Robert Salomone (QUT) Aug – Nov 2021
Impact of location on access to trauma care and rehabilitation services: Developing an Accessibility/Remoteness Index for traumatic brain injury in Queensland Susanna Cramb (QUT) Clinton Gibbs (Retrieval Services QLD), Kirsten Vallmuur (Jamieson Trauma Institute), Jacelle Warren (Jamieson Trauma Institute), Alan Woodley (QUT) Aug – Nov 2021
Incorporating cellular heterogeneity in quantitative and flow cytometry analysis of drug internalisation Alexander Browning (QUT) Niloufar Ansari (Monash), Chris Drovandi (QUT), Adrianne Jenner (QUT), Angus Johnston (Monash), Matthew Simpson (QUT) Sep – Nov 2021
Investigating language use by polarised groups on Twitter Mehwish Nasim (Flinders) Yoshihisa Kashima, (UoM), Lewis Mitchell (UoA), Derek Weber (DST) Aug – Nov 2021
Investigation of the association between aneurysm growth and hemodynamic factors Zhiyong Li (QUT) You-Gan Wang (QUT), Craig Winter (Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital) Jul – Nov 2021
Modelling and managing uncertain Antarctic species networks Kate Helmstedt (QUT) Jul – Nov 2021
Modelling arterial road networks Timothy Garoni (Monash) Samithree Rajapaksha (Monash), Lele (Joyce) Zhang (UoM) Aug – Nov 2021
New models for the analysis of spatial extremes via max-stable and r-Pareto processes Boris Beranger (UNSW) Scott Sisson (UNSW) Aug – Nov 2021
Novel water-quality monitoring for healthy platypus habitat Catherine Leigh (RMIT) Danelle Ayres (City of Whittlesea), Julia Cirillo (Merri Creek Management Committee), Alex English (City of Moreland), Patrick Jeschke (City of Whittlesea), Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi (RMIT), Edmond Lascaris (City of Whittlesea) Aug – Nov 2021
Regime-switching and hybrid stochastic differential equations Oscar Peralta Gutierrez (UoA) Giang Nguyen (UoA) Nov 2021
Scalable Variational Ladder Auto-Encoder for Dirichlet Belief Networks, with its applications to social networks and dynamic systems Xuhui Fan (UNSW) Aug – Nov 2021
Triton, a natural alternative to fight the deadly crown-of-thorns starfish in the Great Barrier Reef? Patricia Menendez (Monash) Cherie Motti (AIMS) Aug – Nov 2021
Variational approximations for structural equation models Luca Maestrini (UTS) KD Dang (UoM), Louise Ryan (UTS) Sep – Nov 2021