Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Associate Professor Wolfgang Mayer

Main Campus
Mawson Lakes

Applications Close
01 Dec 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
No project stipend available

About this project

Attacking and defending computer networks is a difficult task as critical decisions need to be made in absence of complete information. Automated attacks, defense mechanisms, and analysis tools for some of the data and events in networks exist, however, these systems provide only a partial view of what is going on in a network.

This project will develop Artificial Intelligence techniques that close this gap to help maintain situational awareness about what is happening in the network, combine the partial information obtained about the network, and provide decision support advice to human decision­ makers. This will be achieved by creating a goal­-driven situational awareness tool that utilised human and machine goals to convey the state of the network, and the goals of the actors, and automate active information-seeking activities.

What you’ll do

You will develop cutting-edge machine learning technology for reasoning about uncertain information and planning with uncertain information, test the algorithms on case studies, and publish papers in premier research outlets. You will design knowledge representation and learning methods for dealing with incomplete information, build systems for testing the ideas on simulated networks, and compare the results with other state of the art approaches.

Where you’ll be based

Join a dynamic research environment of world-class researchers and a strong PhD cohort in UniSA’s Industrial AI Research Centre (IAI). Liaising collaboratively with our industry partners, we offer end-to-end holistic solutions that include artificial intelligence, mathematics, domain expert knowledge, and supporting software systems as integral components. The IAI has a long­standing track record in Defence research, which this project builds upon.

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Additionally, any Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant who holds an offer of admission without a living allowance will be eligible for the Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship. This scholarship is to the value of $45,076 per annum. Any Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship recipient will also receive a fee waiver. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately AUD$39,700 per annum (2023 rates).  

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to applications from both domestic and international applicants.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria: 
  • Experience with programming in Python
Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
  • Experience with computer network analysis, intrusion detection or network exploit tools
  • Knowledge of logic programming or probabilistic knowledge representation techniques

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes campus in the north of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Thursday 1 December 2022. 

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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