Diseases like stroke and injuries to the spinal cord often result in reduced mobility and are reported to be among the leading causes of mobility impairments worldwide . We ’ re working on an exoskeleton , called Ambulate Me , to help support the body by sending stimulation signals to the affected muscle group so that the limbs can move again .
ENABLING SAFE DRINKING WATER
A three-pronged collaboration between Monash , University of Newcastle , and Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology is addressing the global water challenge . Together , our researchers are developing a portable filtration device , produced at a fraction of the cost of other similar water filters , that can be fitted into water bottles to allow those deprived of access to clean drinkable water .
Without e-waste recycling , natural materials used in electronic and electrical components are lost when products are discarded . Our mining and minerals engineering experts are exploring the extraction of copper from discarded printed circuit boards . We ’ re also developing a Smart E-Waste Collection Box , which uses a mobile application to optimise the collection of e-waste materials .
DETECTING HARMFUL POLLUTANTS
A Monash team is working on an advanced sensor that can detect harmful environmental pollutants . The sensor will be able to function without a power supply and can be manufactured into wearables like watches , rings and belts . This invention will make an enormous difference for people living in polluted cities .
Alleviating traffic congestion
Traffic congestion costs Malaysia RM13 billion yearly in lost productivity , wasted fuel and environmental damage . Dr Susilawati ’ s research is looking into coordinating traffic signals to reduce up to 100 seconds in travel time for each driver . She ’ s part of a multidisciplinary research team at Monash that is developing an intelligent transportation ecosystem to ease traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions . Scan to learn more .