PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarships


As part of developing a sustainable big data workforce for Australia, the D2D CRC is committed to supporting and developing PhD students through the D2D CRC PhD Scholarship program.

The PhD Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to over 58 exceptional PhD students undertaking in-depth research into real-world data science challenges.  The students are part of research teams across several Australian universities and provide comprehensive research to the D2D CRC program areas.

Having reached, and exceeded, the scholarship target of 52 PhD scholarships, the program is now closed to applications. 

Quality Research Outcomes

Supervised by experts at the D2D CRC’s University partners, the PhD students achieve high quality research outcomes and have completed numerous papers and presentations around Australia and overseas.  Each year students also contribute their knowledge to the D2D CRC Annual Conference through posters, presentations and demonstrations.

Developing Professional Skills

As well as research expertise, the D2D CRC supports PhD Scholarship students to develop skills that will enhance their ability to enter workplaces or continue on to further research excellence.  Regular workshops are held to develop skills around communication, innovation and creativity, leadership and collaboration.  The workshops are also an excellent opportunity to share experiences and learn about other student’s research and will often involve PhD students from another CRC or similar organisation.

These professional skills can then be put into practice through a placement or internship, where PhD students work closely with industry and government agencies on relevant projects.  As well as contributing to a specific project, PhD students bring significant expertise and fresh perspectives to host organisations, while in return gaining hands on experience, mentorship and networking.

Broadening Experiences

Other opportunities to develop their networks are also provided through the Applied Research Program where students are sponsored to attend conferences, work with internationally recognised research groups and seek out innovative new ideas in their area of research.  So far, students have visited UK, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark and Finland, returning to share insights and expertise.

Each PhD Scholarship student has a profile contained within the relevant R&D program web page. 

PhD Achievements

Formal Publications

The retention and disclosure of location information and location identifiers: OTT content and communications services, S Shanapinda 

On Automating Basic Data Curation Tasks, A Beheshti, A Tabebordbar, B Benatallah and R Nouri

Propagation of Event Content Modification in Business Processes, J Wondoh, G Grossmann and M Stumptner

Utilising Bitemporal Information for Business Process Contingency Management, J Wondoh, G Grossmann and M Stumptner

Propagation of Event Content Modification in Business Processes, J Wondoh, G Grossmann and M Stumptner,

Bitemporal Support for Business Process Contingency Management, J Wondoh, G Grossmann, D Gasevic and M Reichert,

The Nature and Origin of Heavy Tails in Retweet Activity, P Mathews, L Mitchell, G Nguyen, N Bean

Data mining for building knowledge bases: techniques, architectures and applications,  A Krzywicki, W Wobcke, M Bain and J Calvo Martinez

Automatic Event Detection in Microblogs Using Incremental Machine Learning, T Bandaragoda, D De Silva, D Alahakoon


Conference Presentations

Peter Mathews, World Wide Web Conference, Australia, 2017

Miah Hammond-Errey, Australian Cyber Security Centre Conference, Australia 2017

Adrian Johnston, International Conference on Computer Vision, Italy, 2017

Ruth Frimpong, 14th Extended Semantic Web Conference, Slovenia, 2017

John Calvo Martinez, Global Security PLuS Alliance Symposium, Australia - August 2017.

John Calvo Martinez, UNSW Research Symposium - “Event Mining over Distributed Text Data”, Australia, 2017. This paper has also been accepted for the 2018 WSDM Doctoral Consortium. 



Awarded Best Paper BDVA 2017 - SONA: Improving Situational Awareness of Geotagged Information Using Tangible Interfaces, Seung Youb Ssin, Joanne E. Zucco, James A. Walsh, Ross T. Smith, Bruce H. Thomas


Other Actitivies

Jeffery Ansah, President of the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences Higher Degree Research Club (Unisa)

Jeffery Ansah, Mentor for the Unisa Mentor Program 

Caitlin Gray, Mathematics Tutor at the University of Adelaide