PhD Students

The following PhD scholarships have commenced. Their topics cover a variety of SmartSat CRC’s strategic and priority research areas ranging from Space IoT communications through to AI-powered autonomous operations in space. The majority of the PhD thesis topics have one or more industry partners to support the practical application of the proposed thesis topic, demonstrating SmartSat’s commitment to fostering Australia’s space industry through building strong linkages between academia and industry.

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Anne Bettens

Autonomous navigation of satellites for space exploration

University of Sydney

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Ahsan Waqas

Distributed Beamforming for Satellite Applications

University of South Australia

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Artur Medon

Small satellite thermal management with 3D printed metal heat sinks containing phase change material thermal storage

University of South Australia


Benjamin Dix-Matthews

Phase- and spatial-stabilisation system development

University of Western Australia

Brandon Victor

Brandon Victor

Using Satellite Data to Locate and Phenotype Plants from Space

La Trobe University

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Chang Liu

Building damage estimation after natural disaster using multi satellite source data based on machine learning

UNSW Sydney

Emily Ahern

Emily Ahern

Compact Clock for Small Satellite Applications

University of Adelaide


Jason Dail

Towards effective adaptive monitoring of UN SDG #15: Protect and Sustain Terrestrial Ecosystems using  EO Data, Products and Services

University of Queensland

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Jordan Plotnek

Measuring Control System Resilience to Cyber-Physical Threat in a Satellite Context

University of South Australia

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Kathiravan Thangavel

Artificial Intelligence for Distributed Satellite Systems Autonomous Operations: An Integrated Approach to Space and Control Segments Co-Evolution

RMIT University


Kou Tian

Deep Learning for Advanced Physical Layer Communications

The University of Sydney


Liang Zhao

Satellite image-based smoke detection for bush fire detection

University of South Australia

Mohamed Shehata

Mohamed Shehata

Potentials and Limitations of the IEEE 802.15.3d Standard for Terahertz Satellite Communications

University of Adelaide

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Sabrina Slimani

Using Quantum Entanglement to Remotely Synchronise Clocks

University of Adelaide

Sai Vallapureddy

Sai Vallapureddy

A Machine Learning Based Solution for Space Situational Awareness and Space Sustainability

RMIT University

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Skevos Karpathakis

Communications engineering, phase- and spatial-stabilisation system development

University of Western Australia

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Thomas Graham

Responsible AI in Space

Swinburne University of Technology

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Zachary Auhl

Using Blockchain and DRBs to Orchestrate an IoT Network

La Trobe University