Funds for world-leading research

Electric powertrains and blockchain technology were the winners in a recent round of Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants.

Professor Haiping Du, from UOW’s School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, was awarded over $300,000 for research into innovative magnetorheological powertrains for electric heavy duty vehicles.

Professor Haiping Du

Professor Du’s team will partner with Xiamen Golden Dragon Automobile Electronic Company, M&S Engineering and University of Waterloo, Canada, to explore innovative powertrains with a regenerative braking function to maximise driving range, reduce power consumption, and enhance the dynamic performance of electrified vehicles.

“We could usher in a new era of high-efficiency electric powertrains with the development of these novel technologies,” said Professor Du.

“The proposed powertrains are expected to achieve seamless gear changing for driving and better braking performance by applying magnetorheological technology for high-quality control of power-shifting, and thereby significantly improve vehicle dynamic and economic performance,” he continued.

UOW’s Institute of Cybersecurity and Cryptology Director, Senior Professor Willy Susilo, also secured nearly $200,000 in the latest round of grants.

The institute will partner with KDDI Research and Tide Foundation to continue their work into enabling anonymity and privacy for blockchain technology in a quantum world.

“Blockchain is a promising technology in the digital world today,” said Professor Susilo.

Senior Professor Willy Susilo

“However, existing approaches for enabling blockchain applications, particularly with privacy protection and anonymity, are vulnerable to quantum computer attacks.

“This project aims to enable novel cryptographic mechanisms together with their cryptographic libraries for protecting blockchain in the quantum world, hence, post-quantum secure blockchain.”

Senior Professor Susilo said outcomes of this project could provide economic and social benefits to Australian industry through the enablement of advanced technologies which are developed in Australia.

Engineering and Information Sciences Associate Dean Research, Senior Professor Roger Lewis, congratulated all teams who submitted successful grants stating “the success in this scheme clearly shows how EIS research is having real-world impact and engaging with partners and infrastructure projects that reach beyond academia”.

“Congratulations to Haiping and team, and Willy and team for securing ARC-LP grants this round.”

Full details are available here.