Announcing the 2024 Open Research fellows

Congratulations to Associate Professor Zuduo Zheng and Dr Sebastian Kaempf who have been selected as UQ Library Open Research fellows for 2024.  

Read about the fellows, their research projects and open research interests. 

Associate Professor Zuduo Zheng

School of Civil Engineering 
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology 

Associate Professor Zuduo Zheng is the first named Chief Investigator on Unifying Traffic Modelling and Safety Management for Safer and Faster Roads; Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP210102970)

About the project

The project is a collaboration between The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). 

The project: 

  • Aims to balance road safety and efficiency as the conflicting goals of transport systems mix with connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) 
  • Is expected to generate fundamental knowledge on operational algorithms and analytics for these vehicles and develop innovative tools for operating them. 

 Expected outcomes include: 

  • Ground-breaking models capable of the co-estimation of efficiency and safety impacts of CAVs, and control strategies to safely and efficiently integrate these vehicles into existing transport systems 
  • Significant safety and efficiency benefits that currently cost about 1160 lives and 1.25 billion hours of congestion per year, and make Australia better prepared for the connected and automated vehicle era. 

Open research interests

Dr Zheng is interested in exploring how to use UQ Research Data Manager (UQRDM) and UQ eSpace, UQ’s institutional research repository, to store a reproducible design of the driving simulation experiment and a reproducible version (a dynamic document) of the published manuscripts from the project. 

This will allow anyone to re-run the experiment, repeat the data analysis and scrutinise the research. 

Dr Sebastian Kaempf

School of Political Science and International Studies  
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 

Dr Sebastian Kaempf is leading a project with two colleagues that investigates Pentagon and United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) involvement in Hollywood film productions. 

About the project

Under successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the project obtained 50,000 newly declassified internal Pentagon and CIA documents that provide unprecedented new evidence that the CIA affected at least 3,700 films by trading military assets for script control.

This is significant because academic research, thus far, could only ever account for 150 films that saw Pentagon and CIA involvement.

The project team:

  • Created code and computational and qualitative methods to turn the documents into a searchable digital online archive
  • Aims to make the archive and source code freely available to enable other academics to use it for their own research
  • Have submitted articles on early findings and are writing a monograph on the topic.

Open research interests

Dr Kaempf will explore and provide advice about open access monograph publishing as part of his fellowship. 

About the Open Research Fellowship

The Open Research Fellowship enables researchers undertaking a funded research project to explore and implement open research practices relevant to their discipline.

The fellows will share the outcomes of their work with the UQ community to provide a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of open research.

We will share upcoming information and events related to the work of the fellows on our website and social media.

Last updated:
30 November 2023