Day 1
4 September 2023
Day 2
5 September 2023
UNSW Canberra at ADFA


We cordially invite you to participate in the 2023 SET & SysCom HDR/ECR Conference. The conference will be held on the 4th – 5th September 2023 on the campus of UNSW Canberra at ADFA. This is a great opportunity for you to communicate your research work, to see the different facets of research being undertaken within the School of Engineering & Technology (SET) and the School of Systems & Computing (SysCom) at UNSW Canberra, and to network with your peers.

Supervisors, we particularly call on you to encourage your HDR students and research postdoctoral fellows/associates to submit an abstract for presentation. As you know, presentation skills are imperative in the research and industrial engineering world. This is a perfect opportunity for your HDR students and early-career researchers to gain invaluable experience.


Day 1, 4 September 2023 (Monday) | UNSW Canberra at ADFA

8:00 – 9:00

Registration (LT11, Building 32)

9:00 – 9:15

(LT07, Building 32)

Opening Ceremony (HoS/Associate Dean Research)

9:15 – 10:15

(LT07, Building 32)

Keynote lecture 1: Dr Shabnam Kasra

Deciphering Success in Academia

10:15 – 10:45

Morning tea (SR07 / Open foyer)

HDR/ECR Presentation Sessions








10:45 – 11:00

A1 | Application of CFRP material systems to internal structure on high-speed vehicles - Lily Attwood

M1 | Enhancement of the subcooled microchannel flow boiling heat transfer by the cylinder-induced vortices - Mohammed Ibrahim

S1 | Routing problems with electric vehicles and drones - Setyo Tri Windras Mara

11:00 – 11:15

A2 | A Numerical Study of Bio-Inspired Flight for Martian Exploration - Nathan Widdup

M2 | Shock Wave Mitigation through Layered Composites at Different  Orientations - Suman Shah

S2 | Analysing Cyber Attacks in Smart Homes: Current Data Collection Strategies, Limitations, and Future Research Direction - Md Mizanur Rahman

11:15 – 11:30

A3 | Transitioning from tail-first to head-first swimming - Karthick Dhileep

M3 | Enhancing tip vortices via shear layers in flapping wing flow control - Bruce (Ruishu) Jin

S3 | Optimizing wireless network throughput under the condition of Physical Layer Security - Uzzam Javed

11:30 – 11:45

A4 | Effects of Random Number Generator (RNG) Bit-width on the Accuracy of Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) Solutions - Saleen Bhattarai 

M4 | Multiscale modelling of the human optic chiasm: a possible explanation for bitemporal hemianopia? - Pratap Pawar

S4 | Federated Deep Learning for IoT Cyberattacks Investigation - Hania Mohamed

11:45 – 12:00

A5 | Noise generation in vortex-induced vibration of bluff solid bodies - Methma Rajamuni

M5 | Predicting Energy Consumption for BEV under Various External Environmental Factors - Dyuti Paul

S5 | Autonomous Tuning of Robot Swarming Behavior in Real-World Applications - Reda Ghanem

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch (SR07 / Open Foyer)

13:00 - 14:00

Keynote lecture  2: A/Prof Justin Leontini

Scientific communication - how to get people to know things

HDR/ECR Presentation Sessions








14:00 – 14:15

A6 | Improving impact resistance performance using bio-inspired fish-scale-based protective structures - Hari Bahadur Dura

M6 | Aerodynamics of Feathers - Mohammad Ghaffari

S6 | Trust-based routing for data plane security in heterogeneous SDN - Travis Quinn

14:15 – 14:30

A7 | Finding the Safe Path - Ryan Locke

M7 | Multiscale modelling of particulate composites - Abdalla Elbana

S7 | Balancing Sustainability and Supply Diversification: System Dynamics Approach to De-Risk Rare Earths Supply Chain - Mosaab Hamed

14:30 – 14:45

A8 | Honeybees track moving objects during foraging - Rishabh Desai

M8 | Down-cycling of carbon fibre: Repercussions of material production processes for the end-of-life phase - Di He

S8 | Handling imperfect production in multi-echelon supply chains with green considerations - Abu Hashan Md Mashud

14:45 – 15:00

A9 | Hypersonic Fluid-Thermal-Structural Interaction Experiments - Zach Tuten

M9 | Prediction of resistance spot weld quality using highly comparative time-series analysis - Anthony Sexton

S9 | Artificial Agents Inspired by Human Motivation Psychology for Teamwork in Hazardous Environments - Anupama Arukgoda

15:00 – 15:30

  Afternoon Tea (SR07 / Open Foyer)

15:30 – 15:45



S10 | Advancing Renewable Energy Markets: A Hybrid Auction-Coalition Mechanism and Strategic Multi Time-Scale Prosumer Trading on Blockchain - Amin Zakhirehkar Sahih

15:45 – 16:00



S11 | Supply Chain Planning Under Robust Optimization Paradigm - Daoheng Zhang


Day 2, 5 September 2023 (Tuesday) | UNSW Canberra at ADFA

9:00 - 9:30 Morning Tea  (SR07 / Open Foyer)

9:30 – 10:30

(LT07, Building 32)

Keynote Lecture 3:  Dr Michael Stevens

I’ve submitted my thesis! Now what?

10:30 – 11:30

(LT07, Building 32)

Keynote Lecture 4: Dr Paul Collins

Sheetmetal to Boardshorts

HDR/ECR Presentation Sessions








11:30 – 11:45

C1 | Mechanical properties of wood-geopolymer composites made with decontaminated CCA-treated wood - Firesenay Zerabruk Gigar


S12 | Optimising perishable food supply chain - Saina Akbari Kouchaksaraei

11:45 – 12:00

C2 | Influence of Graphene Oxide on Abrasion Resistance and Strength of Concrete - Isuri Fonseka


S13 | USAN: The architecture of the Unlicensed Spectrum Agent Negotiation Platform - Ramtin Ranji

12:00 – 12:15

C3 | The quasi-static axial compressive properties and energy absorption behavior of Menger Sponge Inspired Fractal Structures Manufactured with AlSi7Mg by Selective Laser Melting - Madhusha Bogahawaththa



12:15 – 13:15

Lunch (SR07 / Open Foyer)

13:15 – 13:30 A10 | Flight Simulation: xR and Dematerialisation - Alexander Somerville E1 | Bistable Origami-Inspired Acoustics Metasurface For Dynamic Beam Scanning - Dinh Hai Le S14 | Translating Silence: How Deep Learning can Impact Indian Sign Language Word Recognition - Abhi Veda
13:30 – 13:45 C4 | Unveiling the Nexus: Vaccination and Shifting Patterns of Public Transport Consumption Amidst the Pandemic - Md Shahin E2 | Manipulating the phase and group delay of a unit cell in metasurface via impedance engineering - Dingcheng Yang S15 | An optimisation-based supply chain risk management with counterfactual explanation: A case study of an Australian maritime port - Amir Hossein Ordibazar
13:45 – 14:00 C5 | Use of Machine Learning Models to Predict Blast Wave Properties in an Open-air Domain for Commonly Used Chemical Explosives - Chamodi Widanage E3 | Catenary Field Enhancement and Strong Coupling in the Hybrid Plasmonic Cavity and WSe2 Monolayer - Andergachew Mekonnen Berhe  
14:00 – 14:15 C6 | Modelling transient wind pressure over a building using explainable machine learning - Pasindu Meddage E4 | Enhancing Electric Vehicle Hosting Capacity: Stakeholder-Centric Approach - Ashish Kumar Karmaker  
14:15 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea / Social Networking / Visit to Laboratories (SR07 / Open Foyer)

15:30 – 16:00 

Closing ceremony (LT07, Building 32)

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Shabnam Kasra (Deciphering Success in Academia)


Join Dr. Shabnam Kasra on a journey of academic exploration with "Deciphering Success in Academia." In this keynote, Dr. Kasra shares personal insights and strategies for conquering challenges and celebrating triumphs. Attendees will learn practical tools for excelling in research, including overcoming imposter syndrome and mastering time management. Additionally, Dr. Kasra emphasizes the importance of cryptography and cybersecurity in the digital age, highlighting the need for interdisciplinary collaboration to drive innovation.

This keynote is a call to action for HDR students and ECR academics to embark on their academic journeys with renewed energy. With knowledge, mentorship, and a growth mindset, they can navigate the complexities of academia and discover their path to success in a safe and ethical manner.



Dr. Shabnam Kasra is a Senior Lecturer specializing in cybersecurity at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. She earned her Ph.D. in Security Sciences, with a focus on Applied Cryptography, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Kasra has extensive experience in the field of cybersecurity, having served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CSIRO's Data61, a Lecturer at RMIT University's School of Computing Technologies, and a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Canberra. Her research interests lie in the areas of cryptography, cybersecurity, information privacy, Automotive Cyber Security, and Blockchain.

A/Prof Justin Leontini (Scientific communication - how to get people to know things)


Most researchers love finding things out, but that is only half the job - you need to let other people know what you've found! In this talk, I will discuss some ways that might help make this process a little smoother, including defining the scientific method, types of papers and writing styles, argument and logic, tips for presentations and potential other media to use.



A/Prof. Justin Leontini is currently in the Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. His research spans a number of areas in fluid mechanics and fluid-structure interaction, using numerical techniques and high-performance computing. He is currently working on projects across respiratory flows and medical ventilation, ocean wave power and coastal protection, aeroelasticity, and carbon composite curing. He teaches fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, and is currently the chair of the outreach subcommittee of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society.

Dr Michael Stevens (I’ve submitted my thesis! Now what?)

 Dr Stevens received his undergraduate degree in Medical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology in 2010, graduating with first class honours. He then completed his PhD in 2014 at the University of Queensland, in which he developed an automatic control system for an artificial heart. He commenced a postdoctoral position as a Research Associate at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering in August 2015. He then became a lecturer in January 2018 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022. He leads a research team in the field of artificial hearts, which focus on using advanced signal processing techniques, simulations and machine learning to provide clinicians with more patient data. In his 9-year research career, he has co-authored over 50 publications and raised more than $6 million in research funding. Dr Stevens is also the Postgraduate Coordinator in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, where he guides PhD students throughout their candidature.

Dr. Paul Collins (Sheetmetal to Boardshorts)


Engineering is fundamentally a human based discipline and as such we as engineers and researchers need to consider the human experience and impact our work has.   This presentation will highlight the use commonly used engineering tools (eg FEA and others) in non-conventional settings to create changes in processes and optimise performance of systems and ultimately create a better outcomes for people.  Sheetmetal to Boardshorts is a reference to Dr. Collins career path starting in a very conventional engineering setting to now innovating in a very different setting.


Dr. Paul Collins is currently the Director of Engineering Excellence for the Australian Cycling Team.  He has undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Commerce, and a PhD in Engineering. Dr. Collins has worked for GM Holden, Ford and Worley Parsons as well as a consultant, before joining Deakin in an academic role and working up to the level of Associate Professor of Design Engineering.  Whilst at Deakin, Dr. Collins built research partnerships with Quiksilver, HeiQ, Lululemon as well other partners.  He has published extensively in a range of topics involving design engineering, material development and human factors, hold several patents and was almost exclusively funded by industry for his research.  In 2022, Dr. Collins moved across to Australian Cycling to help rebuild the organisation post 2021 Tokyo Olympics. As well as his role at AusCycling he sits on the Innovation Advisory Board for HeiQ, a global materials development company.  


A picture of  a Senior Lecturer | School of Engineering and Technology

Dr. Jisheng Zhao

Senior Lecturer

School of Engineering and Technology

A picture of  a Lecturer | School of Systems and Computing

Dr. Ismail Ali

Research Associate

Capability Systems Centre | School of Systems and Computing (SysCom) | UNSW Canberra

Organising Committee

Dr. Bing Wang - Research Associate | School of Engineering and Technology

Dr. Marjia Haque - Casual Academic | School of Systems & Computing

Dr. Noha Hamza - Research Associate | School of Systems & Computing

Dr. Sanath Kahagalage - Research Associate | Capability Systems Centre

Dr. Sayed Amir Hoseini - Research Associate | School of Systems & Computing

Dr. Shadi Abpeikar - Senior Research Associate | School of Engineering and Technology

Dr. Shantanu Bhat - Research Associate | School of Engineering and Technology

Bruce Jin - RSCH | School of Engineering and Technology

Praveena Dewapura - RSCH | School of Engineering and Technology


The abstract submission deadline is the 20th August. To find out more information and to register for the event please use the registration button or the following link:

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At the Conference, we will also need a number of academics to be judges for the various Parallel Sessions. We will then award prizes to the best presenters. Please reach out to Dr Jisheng Zhao if you are willing to put your hand up for this volunteer position to support this Conference.


Day 1 and Day 2 at UNSW Canberra ADFA

The University of NSW, Canberra campus is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Campbell at the top of the hill behind the Department of Defence complex in Russell. The ADFA campus adjoins the Royal Military College, Duntroon and directions can be found via Google Maps.