An entrepreneurial path from academic innovation to commercial products

This presentation will include a history of taking a process from an academic laboratory curiosity to the cusp of commercial processing – entirely during major global economic downturns. The role of intellectual property, government funding, university technology transfer, industrial support, and the perseverance and sacrifices of the scientists and engineers involved to succeed will all be discussed.

Casual Position Available- Spacecraft Close Encounter Analysis User-Interface Development

The Space Environment Research Centre has a salaried casual job opening.
Your task will be to assist in the development of a software tool that allows interactively analysing a predicted close approach situation in an intuitive manner.
What you should bring? Curiosity and an interest in gaining experience in OpenGL applications and Graphical User Interface development with practical application.

Secure Multi-party Computations in a Decentralised and Trustless Dark Pool

Secure multi-party computations allow distrustful parties to jointly compute a function over secret inputs. State-of-the-art protocols for secure multi-party computations cannot efficiently compute inequalities, and are not designed for decentralized networks. We present a novel use of Shamir's secret sharing scheme that allows efficient computation of inequalities, and a decentralized network that is tolerant to node failure during computations.

Intellectual Property for Tech Start-Ups

The digital economy is awash with fast-paced innovation, and for tech start-ups there is constant pressure to keep up. With so many other competing business priorities, thinking about intellectual property (IP) for ICT products and services can sometimes seem like a waste of precious time and money. But finding ways to handle your IP right might be one of the best investments you can make in the long term, and there are many things to consider for tech start-ups as part of their IP management strategy.


How IP can help your business

Global Optimisation for Energy Systems

Abstract: The goal of global optimisation is to find globally optimal solutions, avoiding local optima and other stationary points. It has a number of practical applications, and the aim of this thesis is to provide more efficient optimisation tools for energy systems planning and operation. Due to the ongoing increasing of complexity and decentralisation of power systems, the use of advanced mathematical techniques that produce reliable solutions becomes necessary.

Lock-in Thermography - Special Investigation Techniques

Lock-in thermography (LIT) is the technique of choice for imaging inhomogeneous dark current densities. Therefore dark LIT (DLIT) is mostly used for qualitative shunt imaging, both under forward and reverse bias. However, both DLIT and illuminated LIT (ILIT) can be used for a number of other quantitative imaging and analysis methods on solar cells, which will be introduced in this talk. This is first the DLIT-based 'Local I-V' method. Here DLIT images taken at several biases are converted into current density images, and each image pixel is fitted to a two-diode model.

Luminescence Imaging of Solar Cells - New Developments

In this talk our contributions in the last 4 years to further developing quantitative luminescence imaging methods for solar cells are reviewed. First it is explained by 2D device simulations and a simple model why previous methods for J01 imaging by PL have led to erroneous results. This is due to the model of independent diodes applied in these methods, which does not consider horizontal balancing currents and leads to erroneous local current distributions.

The Role of Inhomogeneities for Understanding Current-Voltage Characteristics of Solar Cells

All solar cells show inhomogeneous electronic properties. These inhomogeneities degrade the conversion efficiency of the cells. This holds in particular for multicrystalline (mc) silicon cells, where local differences of the lifetime of more than an order of magnitude exist. This contribution summarizes our research in this field in the last two decades. It explains how these inhomogeneities can be imaged and quantified, and the physical origins and the efficiency degradation potential of J01, J02, and ohmic current inhomogeneities are reviewed.

Westpac Fellowship Application Workshop

RSD is hosting the Westpac Application Workshop on 30 July from 11am to 12pm.

The workshop will feature past Westpac Fellowship winners and Research Managers who will share their knowledge, tips and hints on how to create a winning application.

We highly recommend attendance of the workshop for researchers interested in the Westpac Fellowship and Research administrators.

A room will be advised shortly. If you would like to attend, please email

Fast Track the Impact of your Research - Workshop

Fast Track Impact is training by researchers for researchers. Strategic Research Initiatives, Office of the Deupty Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) are providing a workshop on ‘Research to Impact Training’ on 10 August (9:30am – 12:15pm) which is open to the whole ANU research Community.  The facilitator for the workshop is Professor Mark Reed, Newcastle University, UK.


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