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Breakthroughs in Research Innovation

See how researchers in South Australia are using eRSA services to advance their research innovation. We provide technology that isn't otherwise available, so researchers can make discoveries that don't yet exist.

Adelaide’s World-class Plant Phenomics Research

 Dr Bettina Berger and the team at The Plant Accelerator® here in Adelaide are conducting world-class plant phenomics research, supporting research from around the globe. The Plant Accelerator® is home to a wealth of infrastructure and expertise that helps support international research and create outcomes, from producing further research methodology, to helping farmers understand how to maximise yield and manage

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combustion and renewable energy

Understanding Combustion is key to Renewable Fuels

Dr Paul Medwell’s research looks at predicting and understanding combustion processes. An Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Adelaide, he and his research group have been using eRSA services since 2013, through the partnership with The University of Adelaide.

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Dr Andrew McGrath

Monitoring Australia’s Ecosystems

In an effort to improve understanding and management of Australia’s ecosystems, a network of stakeholders have collaborated to undergo an intensive field study of sites across the country. Since 2012 Airborne Research Australia (ARA), a Research Centre based at Flinders University, has used its specialised aircraft, carrying sophisticated sensor packages, to produce high-resolution data of the Earth’s surface for the national Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).

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Data for intelligence

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme is an Australian Government Initiative which brings researchers and brings researchers and industry together to improve outcomes, the Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) is Australia’s leading provider of Big Data capability for defence and national security.

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Unlocking the secrets of brain power

The hope is that through superior data storage and High Performance Computing, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible. That is the attraction of using eResearch tools.

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Professor Michael Lee

Using the Australian Research Cloud to unlock the secrets of evolution

I am investigating some of the biggest events in history of life, such as the initial radiation of animals during the Cambrian explosion, and the evolution of huge, ponderous dinosaurs into tiny, flying birds. Most of the hard evidence for these events comes from the fossil record, but the most novel mathematical tools for these studies come from molecular biology

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Professor Andrea Gerson

Supercomputers break down minerals research

In such a complex and technical area of knowledge, Professor Andrea Gerson’s research is proving invaluable for mining companies. “I’m looking at two ends of the same process. One is extracting valuable metals and the other is reducing the environmental impact,” Professor Gerson said. “Much of my work is on the surface reactions of different types of minerals which can

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Dr Damien Fordham

Giving hope to threatened species

As a global change biologist with an interest in the causes and consequences of extinction, the University of Adelaide researcher develops sophisticated simulation models to anticipate the likelihood of at-risk species being eliminated. “The models couple ecological and climatic-geophysical processes to predict the likely extinction risk and loss of biodiversity due to human impacts on the biosphere,” he said. “These

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Professor John Abraham

Supercomputer drives a cleaner future

Developing cleaner and more efficient engines to drive our machines is one of the greatest future challenges for humankind. Professor John Abraham from the University of Adelaide is tackling this problem head-on with the help of supercomputers at eResearch SA.

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Con Doolan

High performance computing helps reduce noise pollution

Making the world a quieter place is the goal of researchers studying aeroacoustics at the University of Adelaide. Aeroacoustics studies noise generation created by objects that move in air or water – primarily the noise of large machines such as wind turbines, submarines and aircraft. “Understanding how noise is generated enables us to determine how to change the design of

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Professor Mike Bull with a Sleepy lizard

Storage power sheds light on the mysterious world of lizards

For 30 years, Professor Michael Bull has been working to unlock the secrets of the sleepy lizard in order to understand more about disease transmission and prevention. It’s a task that has been made all the more difficult by the lizards’ extreme lack of activity. “If you sit and watch sleepy lizards for any length of time, nothing much happens

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Flinders taps into national research cloud to collaborate on cultural data

After 30 years investigating the social and economic significance of cinema, Professor Richard Maltby is welcoming the digital capabilities of eResearch SA to the stage. The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law at Flinders University says new collaboration opportunities are building stronger links between researchers and changing how his discipline conducts research. “Digital technology has presented

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Dr David Huang

High Performance Computing makes cheaper solar power a possibility

Dr Huang, a chemistry lecturer at the University of Adelaide, is a ‘computational scientist’ who works with computer models and algorithms to explore and describe physical systems. He has been using eResearch SA’s high-performance computing capabilities since he took up his position two years ago. “Our work involves exploring complex and often novel relationships, such as the dynamics of fluids

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Professor David Adelson and Professor Hamish Scott

Unlocking DNA secrets to find a cure for cancer

Discovering effective treatments for cancer is like finding a needle in a haystack, requiring analysis of hundreds of thousands of DNA sequences; a mission researchers at the University of Adelaide have made their life’s work. Professor David Adelson, head of Bioinformatics, and Professor Hamish Scott, head of the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), and their team are analysing DNA sequences

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Andrew McMillian and Dr Brett Wilkinson

3D visualisation opens door to improving motor skills

While his classmates took a welcome break from the books, University of South Australia engineering student Andrew McMillian spent a recent summer holiday investigating the potential of video games to rehabilitate children with cerebral palsy. Andrew received an eResearch SA Summer Scholarship in 2010-11, which opened the door to using advanced information and communication technologies to solve research questions. Andrew

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Greg Ruthenbeck

Haptic simulations for surgical training

Just like a scene from a science fiction movie, Greg Ruthenbeck has spent the past four years of his life developing cut-able soft-tissue simulation effects for virtual reality surgical simulations using haptics technologies. Working with Professors Karen Reynolds and Simon Carney on the Flinders Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Simulator, Greg is working on technology specifically designed to assist trainee surgeons, garnering

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Christine Garnaut

3D modelling of architectural records

Filed away in the Architecture Museum at the University of South Australia are over 200,000 documents, books and publications, donated by private practitioners, which represent the diverse aspects of South Australia’s architectural history. Looking for technical expertise and fresh ideas about how to utilise and present items in this extensive collection, Christine Garnaut, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the

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Mark Biggs and his research team

Increasing the acceptance rate of medical implants

Increasing the acceptance rate of medical implants is just one of the benefits of the discoveries Professor Mark Biggs and his research group have made with the help of eResearch SA’s high performance Corvus cluster computer. Focusing on the application of molecular simulation methods in studying the phenomenon of protein adsorption at solid surfaces, postdoc Milan Mijajlovic says the potential

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Professor Tony Williams

Understanding the forces of nature

When it comes to sub-atomic particle research you just can’t have too much computing power, which is why researchers at the Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter (CSSM) have a long-standing relationship with eResearch SA. In his role of Associate Director of the CSSM, Tony Williams, Professor of Physics at the University of Adelaide, is involved in exploring the

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Dr Mark Corbett

Better understanding the genetic causes of intellectual disabilities and epilepsy

Understanding the genetic causes of intellectual disabilities and epilepsy is all in a day’s work for Dr Mark Corbett. Working in Professor Jozef Gecz’ Neurogenetics research team at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Mark’s research seeks to further understand human brain function through the identification of genetic mutations which impair it. Taking DNA from patients around the world, the

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Professor Michael Lee

Animal evolution discovery made possible with supercomputing

Professor Mike Lee has always been interested in animals – growing up he kept a mini-zoo in the family’s rambling Queenslander in suburban Brisbane – so it was only natural he became an evolutionary biologist. In his joint role with the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum, Mike relies on eResearch SA’s high performance computing facilities to process

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Australia’s Virtual Herbarium

Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH) provides web-based access to a federation of Australia’s 6 million plant specimen records held in major herbaria across the country, and makes them available over the internet to researchers and the public. Researchers can select specimens by family, genus, species, the herbarium where they are stored, and when, where and by whom they were collected. Information

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