KU Leuven-Melbourne Research Training Group Mini Conference


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What is the KU Leuven-Melbourne Mini Conference?

The KU Leuven - Melbourne joint PhD program is part of an international research partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven). The first mini conference was held virtually on Wednesday 19 October 2022. Graduate Researchers in the Joint PhD program represent a diverse range of faculties from across the two institutions. For this conference they delivered their research findings to-date in concise, accessible presentations.

Wednesday 19 October 2022

  • 17:00 AEDT/ 8:00 CEST Mini Conference Introduction

    Professor Justin Zobel, Pro Vice-Chancellor Graduate & International Research, UoM, will deliver the opening address.

17:05 AEDT/ 8:05 CEST Graduate Researcher Presentations

Each presentation will be 10 minutes long followed by an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.

  • IP3R-mediated Ca2+ signalling microdomains regulating cardiomyocyte function and growth

    Graduate Researcher: Joshua Chung

    Supervisors:  Dr Vijay Rajagopal (UoM) and Prof H. Llewelyn Roderick (KUL)

  • Flexible microwave sensors for dielectric spectroscopy

    Graduate Researcher: Benyamin Harkinezhad

    Supervisors: Prof Stan Skafidas (UoM) and Prof Dominique Schreurs (KUL)

  • Relationship between eigenvalues and singular values

    Graduate Researcher: Matthias Allard

    Supervisors: Dr Mario Kieburg (UoM) and Prof Arno Kuijlaars (KUL)

  • Biomarkers for preclinical Alzheimer's Disease: the role of multimodal retinal imaging

    Graduate Researcher: Hana Kulenovic

    Supervisors: A/Prof Peter van Wijngaarden (UoM) and Prof Ingeborg Stalmans (KUL)

  • Soil-structure interaction framework for monopiles in sand under cyclic loading

    Graduate Researchers: Olgu Orakci and Nazish Ullah

    Supervisors: Dr Shiaohuey Chow (UoM) and A/Prof Georgios Anogiatis (KUL)

  • Inclusive data governance and urban sprawl management for Sustainable Cities (SDG11)

    Graduate Researchers: Siqing (Julia) Yu and Kriti Pradhan

    Supervisors: Prof Abbas Rajabifard (UoM) and Prof Johan (Joep) Crompvoets (KUL)

  • Advanced cell models and multifunctional nanoparticles for light mediated cancer therapies

    Graduate Researchers: Maria Bravo and Sam Zaman

    Supervisors: Prof Paul Mulvaney, Dr James Hutchison (UoM) and A/Prof Susana Rocha (KUL)

  • Translation policy in times of a pandemic

    Graduate Researchers: Kadija Bouyzourn and Rachel Macreadie

    Supervisors: Prof Anthony Pym (UoM) and Prof Reine Meylaerts (KUL)

  • Integrating life cycle assessment in building design to improve the environmental performance of buildings

    Graduate Researchers: Lise Mouton and Fabian Prideaux

    Supervisors: A/Prof Robert Crawford (UoM) and A/Prof Karen Allacker (KUL)

  • An approach to fairness via regularization

    Graduate Researcher: Lorenzo Marchi

    Supervisors: Dr Rui Zhou, Dr Benjamin Avanzi (UoM) and Prof Katrien Antonio (KUL)

  • Defects in neuronal wiring in the gastrointestinal tract and in Hirschsprung’s disease

    Graduate Researcher: Klaas Van Mechelen

    Supervisors: Dr Lincon Stamp, Dr Marlene Hao (UoM) and Prof Pieter VandenBerghe (KUL)

  • Applying instance space analysis to the 2D bin packing problem

    Graduate Researcher: Kelvin Liu

    Supervisors: Prof Kate Smith-Miles (UoM) and A/Prof Tony Wauters (KUL)

20:00 AEDT/ 11:00 CEST

  • Closing Remarks

    Professor Stan Skafidas, Academic Lead – KU Leuven-Melbourne RTG, will conclude the conference and name the recipient of the best presentation

About the KU Leuven-Melbourne Research Training Group

The KU Leuven - Melbourne joint PhD program is part of an international research partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven). KU Leuven is a leading research and education university located in Leuven, Belgium. The program provides graduate researchers with an international research experience under the tutelage of world-class researchers.

Candidates participating in the joint PhD program can immerse themselves in the rich heritage of both Leuven and Melbourne, developing a global perspective and international research network. The program offers opportunities across the sciences and humanities, with projects grounded in the supervisory expertise, resources, and facilities offered by both universities.

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First published on 7 October 2022.

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