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  • (2007) Pota, Himanshu; Katupitiya, Jayantha; Eaton, Ray
    Conference Paper
    This work presents the derivation of a comprehensive mathematical model for an off-road vehicle such as an agricultural tractor that drags behind it a heavy implement. The models are being developed with the aim of designing robust controllers that will enable the high precision control of the implement’s trajectory. The developed model is subjected to real conditions, such as ground undulation and uncertainty, sloping terrain, tyre slippage, and constrained steering of the tractor. The implement is assumed to possess independently steered wheels for aiding in implement alignment. A complete model is presented and simulated under varying conditions. Primarily this work demonstrates and validates the trailed vehicle system behavior when the trailing implement is subjected to large drag forces due to ground engagement and the significantly large lateral disturbances that occur in real life broad acre farming conditions.

  • (2008) LI, M; WANG, F; Tabatabaei Balaei, Asghar; DEMPSTER, A.G; RIZOS, C
    Conference Paper

  • (2001) Malomed, Boris; Peng, Gang-Ding; Chu, Pak; Towers, Isaac; Buryak, Alexander; Sammut, Rowland
    Journal Article
    We present a review of new results which suggest the existence of fully stable spinning solitons (self-supporting localised objects with an internal vorticity) in optical fibres with selffocusing Kerr (cubic) nonlinearity, and in bulk media featuring a combination of the cubic selfdefocusing and quadratic nonlinearities. Their distinctive difference from other optical solitons with an internal vorticity, which were recently studied in various optical media, theoretically and also experimentally, is that all the spinning solitons considered thus far have been found to be unstable against azimuthal perturbations. In the first part of the paper, we consider solitons in a nonlinear optical fibre in a region of parameters where the fibre carries exactly two distinct modes, viz., the fundamental one and the first-order helical mode. From the viewpoint of application to communication systems, this opens the way to doubling the number of channels carried by a fibre. Besides that, these solitons are objects of fundamental interest. To fully examine their stability, it is crucially important to consider collisions between them, and their collisions with fundamental solitons, in (ordinary or hollow) optical fibres. We introduce a system of coupled nonlinear Schr¨ odinger equations for the fundamental and helical modes with nonstandard values of the cross-phase-modulation coupling constants, and show, in analytical and numerical forms, results of collisions between solitons carried by the two modes. In the second part of the paper, we demonstrate that the interaction of the fundamental beam with its second harmonic in bulk media, in the presence of self-defocusing Kerr nonlinearity, gives rise to the first ever example of completely stable spatial ring-shaped solitons with intrinsic vorticity. The stability is demonstrated both by direct simulations and by analysis of linearized equations.

  • (2022) Purwanto, Rizka
    Despite the availability of toolbars and studies in phishing, the number of phishing attacks has been increasing in the past years. It remains a challenge to develop robust phishing detection systems due to the continuous change of attack models. We attempt to address this by designing an adaptive phishing detection system with the ability to continually learn and detect phishing robustly. In the first work, we demonstrate a systematic way to develop a novel phishing detection approach using compression algorithm. We also propose the use of compression ratio as a novel machine learning feature, which significantly improves machine learning based phishing detection over previous studies. Our proposed method outperforms the use of best-performing HTML-based features in past studies, with a true positive rate of 80.04%. In the following work, we propose a feature-free method using Normalised Compression Distance (NCD), a metric which computes the similarity of two websites by compressing them, eliminating the need to perform any feature extraction. This method examines the HTML of webpages and computes their similarity with known phishing websites. Our approach is feasible to deploy in real systems with a processing time of roughly 0.3 seconds, and significantly outperforms previous methods in detecting phishing websites, with an AUC score of 98.68%, a G-mean score of 94.47%, a high true positive rate (TPR) of around 90%, while maintaining a low false positive rate (FPR) of 0.58%. We also discuss the implication of automation offered by AutoML frameworks towards the role of human experts and data scientists in the domain of phishing detection. Our work investigates whether models that are built using AutoML frameworks can outperform the results achieved by human data scientists in phishing datasets and analyses the relationship between the performances and various data complexity measures. There remain many challenges for building a real-world phishing detection system using AutoML frameworks due to the current support only for supervised classification problems, leading to the need for labelled data, and the inability to update the AutoML-based models incrementally. This indicates that experts with knowledge in the domain of phishing and cybersecurity are still essential in phishing detection.

  • (2022) Yi, Jie
    Arterial stenosis is a problem of immediate significance, as cardiovascular disease is the number one leading cause of death worldwide. Fractional flow reserve (FFR) was proposed to evaluate the functional severity of coronary plaque-induced stenosis more accurately. FFR relies on invasive pressure measurements, while computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies have been demonstrated to be useful tools to predict FFR less invasively. Myocardial bridging (MB) is an abnormality of the epicardial coronary artery where a segment of artery tunnels through the myocardium. MB presents as a ‘dynamic’ stenosis, in contrast to the ‘fixed’ stenosis caused by plaque: in systole, the artery is compressed due to the heart compression force, while in diastole the compression is non-significant. The objective of the project is to replicate the MB compression phenomenon via fluid-structure interaction (FSI) analysis and identify its impact on FFR. The relationship between ‘fixed’ stenosis and FFR was analyzed as a reference firstly, followed by the introduction of a pressure wire and surface roughness, to determine their impacts on CFD-derived FFR. Secondly, both commercial software and in-house code solver were used to perform FSI study and investigate the mechanism of bridging. With increasing severity of the ‘fixed’ stenosis – 0% to 70% diameter reduction, FFR decreased from 0.96 to 0.55. The presence of the pressure wire led to an overestimation of FFR by 3%-38% in various degrees of stenosis model, while the impact of the surface roughness on FFR was not apparent. Mild MB was studied via COMSOL simulations, while moderate and severe MB models were computed with the in-house code solver. The combination effect of the pressure wire and the upstream plaque in the mild MB was not additive, which was larger than the separate effect caused by each factor. With the increasing of the compression of MB – 44% to 60% diameter reduction, FFR decreased slightly, where the values were larger than 0.92. However, FFR dropped noticeably from 0.84 to 0.75 when the compression of MB increased from 72% to 87%. Furthermore, an expansion was observed in the severe MB model due to a greater inner pressure than outer compression pressure. In conclusion, the flow dynamics of MB were quite different compared to the plaqueinduced or ‘fixed’ stenosis. The use of traditional FFR to evaluate the functional severity of MB should be applied carefully and the cut-off value needs to be amended accordingly.

  • (2023) Varsha Sivagurunathan, Varsha
    The urban water sector is confronted with a multitude of challenges. Rapid population growth, changing political landscapes, aging water infrastructures, and the worsening climate crisis are creating a range of uncertainties in the sector around managing water. Scenarios have been used extensively in the environmental domain to plan for and capture uncertainties to develop plausible futures, including the field of urban water management. Scenarios are key in enabling plans and creating roadmaps to attain desired futures. Despite the advantages and opportunities that scenarios offer for planning, they also have limitations; generally, and within the urban water space. Firstly, the growing uncertainty surrounding urban water management systems necessitates a focused review specifically aimed at the use of scenarios in urban water management. This thesis presents a systematic review to empirically investigate the crucial dimensions of urban water scenarios. Through this review, key knowledge gaps are highlighted, and recommendations are proposed to address these gaps. Secondly, scenarios often depict distressing, almost dystopian futures. Though negative future visions help understand the consequences of present trends and aid in anticipating imminent threats, the limited exploration of positive future visions can make it challenging to find the direction to transform. Optimistic scenarios delve into what people want for the future and capture how their aspirations shape them. Imagining positive visions encourage innovative thinking, creates agency, and creates pathways to desired futures. There is therefore a recognition to move towards more positive, desirable futures. This thesis uses a narrative, participatory scenario process, the SEEDS method, to develop positive visions of urban water futures. The Greater Sydney region in New South Wales, Australia is used as a case study to evaluate the applicability of this approach for urban water management. The urban water sector in the Greater Sydney region faces a multitude of challenges including impacts from climate change, managing diverse water supply sources, and meeting future water demand. These challenges create an increasingly uncertain future for the water sector, where the scale and nature of water services needed in the Greater Sydney region can be unclear. Hence, the Greater Sydney region is selected as the case study region to apply the SEEDS method and develop scenarios for urban water management to plan for future uncertainties. Thirdly, only a few scenario studies include surprises, the unexpected events, which make scenarios useful for planning. Challenges around capturing surprises in scenarios include a lack of structured approaches as well as a lack of evaluation of those methods that have been developed. This thesis discusses the effectiveness and suitability of various surprise methods for scenario development. These methods have been applied in the context of the SEEDS method for urban water management. Finally, there is a lack of evaluation of the tools used to cope with surprises as well as a lack of evaluation efforts of urban water management scenario studies. The assessment of the SEEDS approach for urban water management as well as the different surprise methods for scenario development requires evaluation criteria. This thesis develops and presents an evaluation criteria list based on existing literature that captures key criteria required for adequate assessment of the surprise methods and the scenario process. This thesis contributes to the fields of scenario development and urban water management, and the use of surprises within scenarios. Critical gaps in existing urban water management scenario practices are highlighted and key recommendations are proposed to fill the gaps. Through the pilot study and full-scale implementation of a positive-visioning, narrative-based scenario approach - the SEEDS method, the thesis demonstrates that the SEEDS method is applicable for urban water planning and shows potential for use at different stages of water planning. The positive visions generated through the SEEDS method highlight fundamental aspirations for the urban water sector, possible challenges, and conflicts, and discuss pathways to achieve positive future visions. By using in-situ experimentation and engaging participants with expertise in the relevant field, this thesis provides a realistic evaluation of the scenario process and surprise methods. This thesis thus fills the critical gap about the lack of evaluation in urban water management scenario processes by assessing the scenario method using selected evaluation criteria. Further, the thesis contributes towards the development of quality surprise methods through application and evaluation, thus addressing the gap about the lack of evaluation of the methods used to explore surprise events. Finally, the lack of surprises in scenarios is addressed by presenting different methods that can be used to explore surprise events. Guidance is provided to researchers working with scenario development to understand the different surprise methods available and for choosing the appropriate method(s) to plan for uncertain futures.

  • (2023) Nawaz, Muhammad Haq
    Piezoelectric materials are the preferred smart materials for sensing and actuation in the form of micro and nano-engineering structures like beams and plates. Cantilever beams play a significant role as key components in atomic force microscopy and bio and chemical sensors. Adding an active layer such as lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin-film to form smart cantilever beams with sensing and actuation capabilities is highly desirable to facilitate miniaturization, enhance performance and functionali- ties such as enabling on-chip high-speed parallel AFM. During the micro-fabrication process, residual stresses develop in the different layers of the cantilever beam, causes initial deflection. The residual stress in the different layers of the cantilever beam and the application of voltage to the PZT thin-film affects their dynamics. This the- sis investigates the dynamic behaviour and develops a control technique and a novel charge readout circuit to improve the performance of a micro-fabricated multi-layer prestressed piezoelectric cantilever beam as an actuator and a deflection sensor. Firstly, the fabrication process of a unimorph PZT cantilever beam is explained. A low thermal budget Ultra-high vacuum e-beam evaporated polysilicon thin-film (UHVEEpoly) process is used for the fabrication of multi-layered PZT cantilever beam in d31 mode. The sharp peaks at resonant frequencies in the frequency response of the PZT cantilever beam show very little damping and a large settling time of the cantilever beam. Secondly, the dynamic behaviour of the prestressed PZT cantilever beam is in- vestigated subjected to change in driving voltage. Experimental investigations show a shift in resonant frequencies of a PZT cantilever beam. However, there is no reported mathematical model that predicts the shift in resonance frequencies of a multi-layered prestressed piezoelectric cantilever beam subjected to a change in driving voltage. This work developed a mathematical model with experimental val- idation to estimate the shift in resonance frequencies of such cantilever beams with the change in the driving voltage. A very good agreement between the model predic- tions and experimental measurements for the frequency response of the cantilever beam at different driving voltages has been obtained. A novel linear formulation has been developed to predict the shift in resonance frequencies of the PZT can- i tilever beam for a wide range of driving voltages. The formulation shows that the shift in resonance frequencies of a multi-layered prestressed piezoelectric cantilever beam per unit of applied voltage is dependent on geometric parameters and material properties. Thirdly, a robust resonant controller has been designed and implemented to re- duce the settling time of a highly vibrating PZT cantilever beam. The controller design is based on a mixed negative-imaginary, passivity, and a small-gain approach. The motivation to design a resonant controller using the above-mentioned analyti- cal framework is its bandpass nature and the use of velocity feedback, as the charge collected from a vibrating PZT cantilever beam gives the velocity information of the beam. The proposed controller design results in finite gain stability for a pos- itive feedback interconnection between two stable linear systems with a large gain and phase margin. Experimental results demonstrate that the designed resonant controller is able to effectively damp the first resonant mode of a cantilever, signifi- cantly reducing settling time from 528 ms to 32 ms. The robustness of the designed resonant controller is tested against changes in the cantilever beam dynamics due to residual stress variation and or stress variation due to driving voltage. Finally, to facilitate the miniaturization of on-chip sensors and parallel high- speed AFM, a single layer of a PZT thin-film in a cantilever beam is used as a deflection sensor and an actuator instead of bulky optical deflection sensors. A novel charge readout circuit is designed for deflection sensing by capturing the electrical charge generated due to the vibration of the PZT beam. The signal-to-noise ratio and sensitivity analysis of the readout circuit shows similar results compared to the commercially available optical deflection sensors. Our work highlights very important aspects in the dynamic behaviour and perfor- mance of a multi-layered prestressed piezoelectric cantilever beam. The agreement between the proposed theoretical formulation and experimental investigations in modeling, control design, and a novel readout circuit will provide the platform for further the development and miniaturization of microcantilever-based technologies, including on-chip parallel HS-AFM.