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Explosion Modelling with Woodside

Project Description

HiLA is a Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP) that has been established to allow Monash University and its Industry partners to collaborate on common research objectives.
With the support of Monash’ partners, HiLA PhD scholarships are provided with significant benefits beyond other scholarships on offer. These benefits include:

A fully funded PhD scholarship with Monash University that is available for domestic (Australian) and international students. The 3.5 year award includes all course fees and a $30,000 AUD per year tax-free stipend;
An internship with the Industry partner - where PhD candidates will spend a portion of their candidature located on site and being supported by the partner;
Access to real world problems supported by real world data;
Where the industry partner is located overseas or interstate, travel and accommodation (when working on site with the partner);
Travel and incidental support for conferences;
Enrollment in the HiLA professional development program;

All HiLA PhD scholarships will commence in July 2019.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda from the Faculty of Information Technology.

The specific project centers around the following research opportunity:

A collaboration between Woodside and Monash has resulted in a optimisation system that is able to compute and display high quality chemical plant layouts (including equipment positioning and pipe routing) for large chemical plants. The optimisation system works with a visualisation system that allows engineers to collaboratively explore the proposed layouts to gain insight about their characteristics. The aim of this PhD is to extend the system to incorporate advanced explosion modelling, such as those developed by Gexcon, and ensure the engineers can explore and compare the proposed models to be able to understand them, and can modify them and see how changes to the input affect the outcomes. The student is expected to spend time not only at Woodside but also at Gexcon.

Candidates must fill out the online to Request to Apply form, which can be found at:

Please make sure you indicate that the PhD Topic is “Woodside Explosion Mopdelling”;

In addition to filling out the form, a copy of your academic transcripts should be emailed to .

Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with first-class Honours, and/or a distinction in a research Masters degree with relevant experience (e.g., data analysis, artificial intelligence, social informatics, psychology, human-computer interaction or data visualisation). Review of applications will begin immediately and short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview. The successful candidate will be invited to apply to Monash with the deadline for applications being the 31st March 2018 for International students and the 31st May 2018 for Domestic students.

International students that can demonstrate English proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Data analysis
Artificial intelligence
Social informatics
Human-computer interaction
Data visualisation

Funding Notes

A fully funded PhD scholarship is available with the Human-in-the-Loop Analytics (HiLA) program at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. View Website

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