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  • Welcome to the 2020 UTS 3MT Final

    "Three Minute Thesis competition has always been one of my favourite events at university" Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President University of Technology Sydney.

    "Basically they're condensing 3 or 4 years of work into just 3 minutes." Lori Lockyear, Dean Graduate Research School, University of Technology Sydney.

    "Take a look around you, there's about 300 people in this hall tonight. Almost 50% will at some point deal with or have dealt with an anxiety disorder." Anastasia Hronris, Graduate School of Health.

    "We have suffered. It has been tough." Shiyu Wan, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

    "It is really good work, and I really like the enthusiasm." Judge Federico Volpin, UTS 2018 Three Minute Thesis Winner. 

    "And we did this by taking artificial neuro networks." Maleen Jayasuriya, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.

    "When the families first reported their children missing, the police told them they had just gone walk-about." Beth Gibbings, Faculty of Law.

    "You've really done a beautiful job of elucidating the tragedies that manifested from that kind of relationship." Judge Dr. Chelsea Barnett, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

    "Ultimately my research will help in establishing a reliable technique for the estimation of post-mortem interval, which will in turn help investigations which have reached dead ends and return loved ones to their families." Samantha Garrett-Rickman, Faculty of Science. 

    "I stand here as a midwife with a vision to reduce the number of people affected by anemia." Bupe Mwamba, Faculty of Health.

    "Do consumers know the difference between the blue and the red pill? Unlike the decision made by Neo, this choice does not change the treatment outcome." Elena Meshcheriakova, UTS Business School. 

    "I was so impressed by what I saw. To catch the sun, electrical contractors must learn almost all the time." Anne Nguyen, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

    "These behaviours impact how we move through stations and ultimately contribute to chronic passenger congestion." Katelyn Bywaters, Institute for Sustainable Futures.  

    "And we are going to start with the Three Minute Thesis runner up, and that's Elena Meshcheriakova." Lori Lockyear, Dean Graduate Research School, University of Technology Sydney.

    "People's Choice Award goes to Samara Garrett-Rickman." Lori Lockyear, Dean Graduate Research School, University of Technology Sydney.

    "It is now my pleasure to announce the Three Minute Thesis overall winner. Congratulations to Katelyn Bywaters." Lori Lockyear, Dean Graduate Research School, University of Technology Sydney.

    Congratulations Kate Bywaters.

    Coming soon the 2020 UTS 3MT Final!

  • web section

    An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present.

    Their time limit:
    3 MINUTES!

  • About 3MT

  • web section

    Prizes and rules

  • web section

    Faculty heats

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    Eligibility and progression

  • 3MT

    Previous winners

    2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016

  • Take a moment to think about the word congestion. Most of us associate it with cars, roads and the journey to work. But what we should think about is passenger congestion because each day 66% of daily trips made on Sydney Trains occur during peak times resulting in heavily congested stations and delays to rail services.

    To you passenger congestion might seem like an inconvenience, but in reality it dictates how many trains we fit on our network. You see, when passengers take too long to board and alight, the safe distance required between trains increases. This causes delays that extend through the network until there is no more space for additional trains. And that doesn’t just affect your journey home. It has implications for the sustainable and economic viability of an entire city.

    So why are people taking too long?

    Well on top of the 1.3 million passengers using Sydney trains, people are glued to their phones, cutting corners and causing collisions. Some people stop in no waiting zones, while others use the opposite side of the stairs. And let’s not forget the passenger who barges their way onto the train before everyone else gets off. These behaviours impact how we move through stations and ultimately contribute to chronic passenger congestion.

    In answer, I propose Responsive Nudges as a new technique to improve passenger flows in train stations. Imagine, a light-up tile changing from green to red if you stop in an exit zone, or hand rails that indicate the best side to avoid oncoming passengers? These are responses … These are nudges using intuitive signs, symbols and colours to guide you through the station in response to passenger congestion.

    To function, these Nudges require 3 robotic components. Sensors allow us to see what’s going on and actuation widgets deliver the nudge. But there is one part missing, the cognition system. This system needs sense making capabilities to evaluate behaviours and determine what nudge will improve the flow.

    My research investigates 3D infrared data that detects walking characteristics in congestion hotspots and through online questionnaires I gauge passenger perceptions of walking behaviour. Together these world-first findings identify new and known passenger behaviours that could be nudged to improve flow. Ultimately, my research will guide widget design helping ease congestion, saving you time and adding millions to Sydney’s economy.  So in future if you receive a nudge, just remember less congestion equals more trains and a smooth journey home.