Recent News

ARC Future Fellowship success for world first recycled concrete project

Professor Vivian Tam, from the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, was awarded $1,109,924 for the project, ‘Het-Crete: High-Grade Chemical-Treated Heterogeneous Recycled Concrete’. The research is set to address the grand challenges of CO2 emissions and landfill reduction within the construction industry.
Professor Tam and her team are set to become world leaders in recycled concrete research. In doing so they address one of many sustainability and resilience challenges of the 21st century. Their work reiterates Western Sydney University’s commitment to tackling society’s grand challenges and gives further impetus to the vital race to net zero.

New ARC Research Hub will develop solutions to the ongoing fire crisis in Australia

Professor Bijan Samali, from the School of Engineering Design and Built Environment, is the chief investigator for the recent grant A recent grant of $4.9 million has been awarded to the ARC Research Hub for Fire Resilience Infrastructure, Assets and Safety Advancements (FRIASA) to improve fire safety in Australia.
A whooping $1.1 trillion was lost to property damage in the petrochemical and refinery industries between 2016 and 2017 alone. The catastrophic bushfires that plagued the nation between 2019 and 2020 caused an estimated damage of $110 billion, burned 19 million hectares, destroyed 3,094 homes, and killed an estimated 1.2 billion animals. 
Published on the 02 August 2022

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Project to build National Facility for Physical Fire Simulation

In December 2021, Western Sydney University researchers, Professors Zhong Tao, Sarah Zhang and Bijan Samali, were awarded over $1.2 million in funding after securing a prestigious and highly competitive ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities Grant. This LIEF proposal aims to establish a ground-breaking national facility for physical fire simulation (NFPFS) that will extend and upgrade existing research capacity in Australia to become world-leading. The facility will open new research possibilities and collaborations on the fire resistance of structures and infrastructure, from individual components (e.g. columns, beams) to structural assemblies (e.g. joints, frames). The NFPFS will unite researchers in their endeavours to conduct high-quality research in fire-related disciplines from all Australian mainland states; enhance collaboration with industries and government agencies; and provide research, training and education for this critically important area to the country.

Article: Infrastructure Magazine

Dr Maria Rashidi has recently published an article in Infrastructure Magazine regarding her work with Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Bridge inspection using drones is an exciting area of research that combines the advances in drone technology with maintaining the safety and reliability of infrastructure that is crucial to the Australian economy.

ICNS Memorandum

Designing the Future

The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) is a world leader in the development of biology-inspired Neuromorphic Perception Solutions. Harnessing the power of the centre’s pioneering research on neuromorphic sensors, algorithms and processing hardware, these energy-efficient solutions are set to transform data collection and processing in areas such as Space and aviation, smart manufacturing, automotive, agriculture and medical technology.

ICNS is already working with multinational firms such as Intel and Microsoft on the real-world application of these solutions and is actively seeking commercial partners for further collaborations.

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Structural Assessment and Health Monitoring (SAHM)

Structural Assessment and Health Monitoring unit at the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering at Western Sydney University is a world class facility at the leading edge of civil infrastructure. SAHM has professional and dedicated team members with strong theoretical background and practical expertise, including infrastructure engineering and asset management, structural control, health monitoring and rehabilitation planning.