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PhD Projects

The Curtin Institute for Computation has a very active PhD program with over 50 students.

If you have an idea of a computation/visualisation project that you would like to do but need to find appropriate supervisors, please contact the CIC Director.

Below you will find a variety of PhD projects that CIC researchers are looking for students to undertake. These projects are grouped loosely into the following themes:

Big data analytics

Big data refers to data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data analysis techniques cannot cope with them. Thus, new kinds of databases to store the data and algorithms to find meaningful patterns within the data are required.

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Simulation explores the use of computers to solve complex numerical models, particularly those that have to be evaluated many times to generate dynamical information. Researchers in this theme are significant users of the fastest supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere which is housed at the Pawsey supercomputing centre, resulting in Curtin being the largest institutional user of this world-class resource.

Current projects:

Modelling and optimisation

Modelling and optimisation develops mathematical models to describe the behaviour of a physical system and then optimises the parameters of the model to improve the performance of the system.

Current projects:


The visualisation theme seeks to gain insight into research questions through displaying and interacting with representations of data or virtually simulated objects and environments on large, immersive displays. These projects typically require expertise in computer science, interaction design, and usability. In many ways, it is both an art and a science. Researchers in the Institute are able to use the Curtin HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch), where they can access four large-scale immersive and interactive systems.

Current projects:


Computation is an increasingly important activity in most disciplines, leading to new fields such as computational science and engineering, computational humanities, computational finance and many others.

Universities have found it difficult to bring these inherently cross-discipline subjects into the curriculum. By bringing together the leading computational researchers at Curtin, the institute is looking to build the computational skills across the entire university community

There are no current projects in this theme.

The Murchison Widefield Array telescope
The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope in the mid-West of WA. This telescope is operated by CIRA. Image credit: Gregory Rowbotham