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Forehead, Hugh Dr.

Research Fellow

Overview


  • 2014-current  Research Fellow, SMART Infrastructure Facility

  • 2013-2014 research scientist, developing an industrial process to produce ceramide (a valuable lipid) from milk, Nowra, Australia

  • 2008-2012 research scientist in Royal Dutch Shell’s biofuel from microalgae project; part of the team who set up and ran a 4 Ha pilot facility in Kona, USA
  • 2006-2008 postdoctoral research to demonstrate mechanisms for community-level selection in evolution and critical length scales in marine communities,      University of Tasmania, Australia
  • PhD, 2006, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • BSc (Hons), 2001, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Registered Nurse training, 1990, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, Australia

Research Overview


  • Hugh is a researcher in SMART’s Digital Living Lab, specialising in environmental measurements, particularly air quality and water quality. iOyster is a novel sensor for real-time water sensing for aquaculture. Real-time, low-cost sensing of water quality and crop health provides benefits to the environment and to aquaculture. To maxise the benefit of the data, he works with the SMART team and a network of waterway managers  and users to help improve access to water quality data for the public, government, researchers and industry. The team are building an accessible interface for a water quality database for the Illawarra and south coast. Other research investigates ways to reduce pollution with plastic waste, through innovative circular approaches to waste reduction and biodegradation in wastewater treatment. Air quality projects investigate traffic emissions and the use of native vegetation to reduce people’s exposure to heat and air pollution in Wollongong and Liverpool, SW Sydney. His background is in agent based modelling, spatial data analysis, marine ecology, health and web mapping. The SMART Fire Hydrants map received the 2017 Service Innovation Award (IoT category) of the Service Science Society of Australia. The map shows firefighters the locations of fire hydrants that can otherwise be difficult to find, so improves their response times to fire calls. Other areas of interest include health, quantitative ecology and theoretical evolution.

Available as Research Supervisor

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Selected Publications


Impact Story


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Microplastics biodegradation in water: factors and mechanisms Punam Kristhombuge, Nuwanthi
    Doctor of Philosophy Air Pollution and Green Infrastructure of Cities Tomson, Mamatha

Keywords


  • Spatial analysis, GIS, Internet of Things, air quality, social media in disaster response

Research Overview


  • Hugh is a researcher in SMART’s Digital Living Lab, specialising in environmental measurements, particularly air quality and water quality. iOyster is a novel sensor for real-time water sensing for aquaculture. Real-time, low-cost sensing of water quality and crop health provides benefits to the environment and to aquaculture. To maxise the benefit of the data, he works with the SMART team and a network of waterway managers  and users to help improve access to water quality data for the public, government, researchers and industry. The team are building an accessible interface for a water quality database for the Illawarra and south coast. Other research investigates ways to reduce pollution with plastic waste, through innovative circular approaches to waste reduction and biodegradation in wastewater treatment. Air quality projects investigate traffic emissions and the use of native vegetation to reduce people’s exposure to heat and air pollution in Wollongong and Liverpool, SW Sydney. His background is in agent based modelling, spatial data analysis, marine ecology, health and web mapping. The SMART Fire Hydrants map received the 2017 Service Innovation Award (IoT category) of the Service Science Society of Australia. The map shows firefighters the locations of fire hydrants that can otherwise be difficult to find, so improves their response times to fire calls. Other areas of interest include health, quantitative ecology and theoretical evolution.

Head Of


Selected Publications


Impact Story


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Microplastics biodegradation in water: factors and mechanisms Punam Kristhombuge, Nuwanthi
    Doctor of Philosophy Air Pollution and Green Infrastructure of Cities Tomson, Mamatha

Keywords


  • Spatial analysis, GIS, Internet of Things, air quality, social media in disaster response

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