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  • ANSTO SAAFE Research Internship Program 2017

    The SAAFE Program objective is to facilitate the conduct of research and foster research collaborations between France and Australia in nuclear science and engineering in the areas of Human Health, Environment and Nuclear Fuel Cycle. The program will support early career researchers at PhD level to expand research and innovation activities within Human Health, Environment and Nuclear Fuel Cycle, to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France research and innovation.  Research internships supported through SAAFE require an international mobility of students from Australia to France or from France to Australia.

    Eligibility criteria: Applicants must be a PhD student currently enrolled in a French or AINSE member university; OR Enrolled in a PhD in collaboration between French and Australian institutions.

    AND

    Carrying out a research project which stimulates research collaborations between France and Australia in the following areas:

    • Human Health Research
    • Environmental Research
    • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research

    Further information and applications are available from http://www.ainse.edu.au/grad_students2/saafe_research_internship_program

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  • APR Internship Opportunities

    Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern is Australia’s only all sector—all discipline national postgraduate internship program.

    APR.Intern facilitates short-term 3-5 month research HDR internships across all study disciplines and business sectors, including private sector, government, and not-for-profit organisations.  Internships are available in all states including major cities, as well as regional and rural areas. There are hundreds of research internships available each year.

    APR.Intern offers an additional path for industry to encourage development and innovation through research projects, giving postgraduate students the opportunity to apply their research expertise to projects while gaining invaluable industry experience.

    APR.Intern also supports industry-based training of PhD research students in all Australian universities, with the goal of increasing employability and broadening business and university engagement.

    Available Internships

    For available internships please visit the APR.Intern website. From time to time, the University of Adelaide may also highlight specific APR.Intern opportunities on this webpage. 

    The Benefits

    Apply Your Research: Turn your PhD theory into practice on an industry problem

    Build Your Career: Build your industry networks and enhance your experience

    Up Your Employability: Develop additional workplace skills to complement research expertise

    Get Paid: Earn a stipend for the duration of the internship

    Eligibility

    Eligibility requirements can differ, however all of the following criteria must be met by all participating students:

    • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
    • PhD candidature must be confirmed
    • Must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an international student with the appropriate student visa
    • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to apply

    How to Apply

    For Information and application requirements, please visit the APR.Intern website or email APR.Intern

    For further assistance, please also contact Nathan Crabe, Industry Research Placement Coordinator

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  • APR Internship with Bright Arena

    Exploring and Commercialising New Methods of Treating Dysbiosis in Chemotherapy Patients

    Location: North Terrace, Adelaide SA

    Duration: 5 months

    Proposed start date: 12 July 2018

    Applications Close: 24 June 2018

    Keywords: Microbiome, Startup, FMT, Technology, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Sepsis

    Project Background
    Sepsis kills 10% of patients who undergo chemotherapy. An increasing body of evidence points to the efficacy of repopulating the gut microbiome to assist with the potentially deadly side-effects associated with chemotherapy. Currently, faecal matter transplants (FMT’s) are the gold standard treatment to combat dysbiosis. Other more well publicised treatments like pre/pro biotics do not work in this scenario.  Effective, faecal donation is increasingly difficult (supply, high number of exclusion factors) and as such synthesising safe, viable samples is increasingly difficult. The team at Bright Arena is looking at ways to solve these problems while providing an effective substitute for a FMT.

    Research to be Conducted
    The team is currently working towards developing a synthetic FMT that will perform the same function as a regular FMT for chemotherapy patients. Along with validating the idea technically, the project requires the validation of the business model around the technology. Specifically, Bright Arena need to understand their early adopter (chemo patients), the problems they face, and whether their solution fits with their behaviours and needs.

    Students will work with Bright Arena to research and create a proto-business around the synthetic FMT. Students will learn start-up and entrepreneurial methods as well as provide input in the development of the product based on these learnings.

    Skills Required
    We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:

    Desirable:

    • Microbiology background
    • Looking to learn about research commercialisation and entrepreneurship.
    • Keen to learn and comfortable with uncertainty.

    Expected Outcomes

    • Customer interviews and synthesis of learnings
    • Validated Business Model and accompanying pitch deck
    • Work with project team to input learnings into the development of the FMT

    Please visit the APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

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  • APR Internship with HARDI Australia

    Establishing an Appropriate, Best Practice Quality Assurance Platform

    Location: Cavan, Adelaide SA

    Duration: 4 months

    Proposed start date: 3 September 2018

    Applications Close: 22 August 2018

    Keywords: Organisational Culture, Quality Assurance, Qualitative Interviews, Observations, Gap Analysis, Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Engineering

    Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

    Project Background
    The manufacturing functions of HARDI Australia comprise heavy steel fabrication, surface treatment and product assembly. Steel fabrication consists of cutting, bending and welding of varying dimensions of mild steel components into heavy frames. Assembly entails integration of mechanical, plastic, hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic components onto frames and drive trains then into finished products.

    From an employee’s perspective, the interaction between these processes and disciplines calls for the following:

    • An understanding of what workplace Quality entails
    • Understanding of the determinants and drivers of Quality
    • A commitment to Quality
    • Adherence to procedures
    • An understanding of the minimum standard required
    • A commitment to delivering a quality output
    • How to report Quality incidents
    • A commitment to Continuous Improvement

    At present, there is no formal, integrated Quality Assurance (QA) platform to support this initiative. The absence of a QA platform manifests in cultural, procedural and methodological deficiencies, each contributing on occasions to suboptimal product quality and customer brand experience.

    It is believed that an external party undertaking detailed PhD level study into structures, mechanisms and cultural enablers of QA has the potential to deliver both an objective assessment of the status quo and, a framework upon which HARDI could build its future QA platform

    Skills Required
    Essential

    • A practical understanding of the interrelationship between organisational culture, operational QA practices & how these combine to determine the quality of outputs
    • Experience conducting interviews with individuals occupying various organisational roles and from diverse backgrounds
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

    Desirable

    • An understanding of quality assurance processes within an engineering/agribusiness setting

    Please visit the APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

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22 August 2018
  • APR Internship with the Office for Digital Government

    Standardised Business Identity Verification 

    Location: Adelaide SA

    Duration: 3 months

    Proposed start date: 3 September 2018

    Applications Close: 22 August 2018

    Keywords: User Research, Data Analytics, Behavioural Insights, Digital Services, Service Delivery, Identity Systems, Digital Identity.

    Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

    Project Background
    The Australian Government has announced its intention to develop a national federated digital identity system. This will include a digital identity platform that will allow users to verify their identity only once, and then use that identity to access multiple online services. Implementation and operation of the identity federation is underpinned by the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF). The TDIF provides a standard set of requirements and processes for entities participating in the system, allowing interoperability and trust.

    The Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is working with State and Territory governments, other Commonwealth agencies, and key private sector bodies to develop the TDIF, with the intention of allowing organisations to be accredited against the TDIF and connect to the platform. This would enable users to access services from multiple organisations and jurisdictions using the identity provider of their choice.

    As the TDIF is still being developed, certain aspects are yet to be determined. The TDIF includes defined levels of assurance and proofing requirements for individuals to establish and verify their identity, for example identity documents that are provided by the user to create a trusted and re-usable identity.

    However, the requirements for establishing a business identity, i.e. for one or more persons to act on behalf of a verified business, are currently being drafted for a consultation in mid-September 2018, to be finalised in December.

    This project will build on the DTA’s research to help determine business identity requirements, with a focus on South Australia.

    Skills Required

    Essential

    • Experience in data analytics and behavioural insights
    • User research

    Desirable

    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Knowledge of concepts relating to identity and digital service delivery

    Please visit the APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

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22 August 2018
  • APR Internship with REDARC

    Establishing an Appropriate, Best Practice Quality Assurance Platform 

    Location: Lonsdale, Adelaide SA

    Duration: 6 months

    Proposed start date: 14 October 2018

    Applications Close: 12 September 2018

    Keywords:Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering

    Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

    Project Background
    REDARC research and develop power control and battery charging systems on vehicles. A solar cell or panel produces maximum power output (maximum usable energy) when it is held at an optimised point on its voltage-current (V-I) curve.

    In a real-world environment, the balance point on this curve is constantly changing and influenced by several factors including ambient temperature, shade through clouds or movement (when attached to a vehicle), shifts in the electrical load being drawn from the attached system, and paralleling of multiple panels. A Solar Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) algorithm can be used to maximise power extraction by continuously adjusting the solar array impendances to keep the system operating under various conditions.

    Simple MPPT algorithms will constantly step towards the optimisation point and check for improvement, then step again. This process is slow to optimise in a static environment, and almost always non-optimised in a dynamic environment.

    In a dynamic environment, it is also possible for the solar panel to become multi-modal, and as such simple algorithms can resolve upon a non-optimal solution point.

    MPPT algorithms are embedded in battery chargers and solar regulators using relatively low-cost microprocessors. A proposed algorithm would need to take this computational complexity level into account.

    Skills Required
    Essential

    • Excellent mathematical skills and understanding of MPPT algorithms
    • The ability to develop and test algorithms

    Desirable

    • Experience and/or understanding of small architecture processes/embedded microprocessors
    • Experience developing and running mathematical simulations on PC packages
    • Electrical Engineering knowledge

    Please visit the APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

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12 September 2018
  • APR Internship with Regional Development Australia

    Development of a Middle East Trade and Investment Strategy: Three Country Analysis: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar 

    Location: Strathalbyn or Adelaide SA

    Duration: 3 months

    Proposed start date: 3 September 2018

    Applications Close: 15 August 2018

    Keywords: Marketing Research, Analytical Skills, Economic Development

    Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

    Project Background
    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island is a partnership between the Australian, state and local governments to support the growth and development of Australia’s regions. RDA builds partnerships between governments, regional development organisations, local businesses, community groups and key regional stakeholders to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting the regions of Australia.

    The RDA is developing a Middle East Trade and Investment Strategy. Asia Australis has recently completed a high-level analysis of MENA markets identifying key trade and inward investment opportunities for the region. They have highlighted three markets that justify in depth analysis that at first glance provide businesses in the region with trade opportunities.

    Skills Required
    Essential

    • Experience and/or understanding of researching international markets
    • Excellent analytical skills
    • Experience researching customs and regulatory frameworks in the context of trade and/or tourism
    • A thorough understanding of the challenges of economic development for regional Australia

    Desirable

    • A thorough understanding of South Australia's economic development plan, particularly in relation to regional South Australia
    • An understanding of Regional Development Australia's role

    Eligibility Requirements
    To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

    • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
    • PhD candidature must be confirmed
    • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
    • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student's and the academic mentor's university

    Please visit the APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

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15 August 2018
  • APR Internship with Resolution Systems

    Advanced diagnostics of mining truck breakdowns through application of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning techniques

    Location: Adelaide, SA
    Duration: 5 months
    Proposed start date: 19 August (flexible depending on candidate)

    Keywords: MATLAB, Python, Pytorch, Tensorflow, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things Technologies, Mechanical Engineering application of Machine Learning/Data Science techniques.

    Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

    Project Background: Resolution Systems is a technology start-up pushing the limits of data analytics to optimise client operations. They believe that all operations have significant scope for improvements through the collection and intelligent analysis of data, through the application of Internet of Things technologies.

    Resolution Systems flagship product is MaxMine: an automated business improvement product which performs advanced analytics and data science on truck operational data to deliver significant cost savings and productivity gains to global miners.  It applies advanced engineering science and mathematics to operational data that is collected with hardware to provide greater insights to miners, into the performance of their trucks and mining equipment. Resolution Systems lives at the intersection of mechanical engineering and data science, and they want to find more people that share this passion.

    Asset breakdown is a significant problem which results in significant direct (maintenance) and indirect (production loss) costs. With a rich, contextualised data set collected from over two years of onsite data logging they are looking at ways to apply advanced techniques for tangible, near term, client outcomes. Data acquisition systems collect vast amounts of engine and asset data from which strong and tangible inferences about likely outcomes can be readily made. They are looking to apply state of the art technique in machine learning and anomaly detection to identify proactive actions for sites to mitigate breakdown occurrences.

    Skills Required

    Essential

    • An interest solving Mechanical problems through the application of data science techniques
    • Experience applying statistical learning techniques (such as machine learning / data science), preferably within your PhD program
    • Proficient with any of MATLAB or Python, with experience developing non-trivial algorithms
    • Experience of working with large data sets, to solve non-trivial problems
    • Demonstrable experience of presenting results to non-technical audiences
    • Experience of developing technical reports for a variety of audiences

    Desirable

    • Machine Learning Frameworks, such as Pytorch and Tensorflow
    • Experience developing dashboards and interfaces that convey information in an accessible manner
    • Experience working with software development tool including version control systems (such as GIT), issue management systems (JIRA) and application of the software development lifecycle

    Eligibility Requirements

    To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

    • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
    • PhD candidature must be confirmed
    • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
    • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university

    Please visit the APR.Intern website for more information and details on how to apply.

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15 August 2018
  • APR Internship with Wiring Solutions Plus

    Scoping of an Automated Request for Quotation System for Bespoke Products

    Location: Underdale, Adelaide SA

    Duration: 3 months

    Proposed start date: 3 September 2018

    Applications Close: 15 August 2018

    Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Software Development, Mathematics

    Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

    Project Background
    Wiring Solutions Plus is a custom manufacturer of electrical wiring harnesses and looms founded in 1979. Based in Adelaide, they supply many industries including manufacturers of radio communications products, precision agriculture products, electrical control/protection systems, electronics and new technology products.

    Being a custom manufacturer, the company is faced with a high level of variation in the products required by its customer base and is not involved with the design of the products sold. Some customers supply quality drawings of the products they would like us to quote on, while others supply either a hand-drawn sketch, a product description via email with supporting photos, a sample of the product they require, or a combination of these.

    Quoting a product requires a detailed analysis of the opportunity and involves identifying parts as well as establishing the manufacturing process. This process is time-consuming and requires a significant amount of human resources.

    The company currently uses Microsoft Access Database software to construct the quotation and to establish materials costs, the bill of materials, labour costs, factory cost and sell price. This approach can take up to 8 hours to produce a quote. During times when there is a spike in requests the time taken to respond to individual customer requests can exceed 4 weeks. Apart from customer frustration, such delays have led to loss of business opportunities.

    The company wishes to explore ways of rapidly responding to customer Requests for Quotation (RfQ) without compromising the accuracy of quotations.

    Skills Required
    Essential

    • Sound knowledge of computer software development and machine learning
    • Experience of reviewing processes and identifying means to make them more effective and efficient

    Desirable

    • An understanding of cost calculation methods
    • An understanding of electrical concepts with an ability to interpret electronic schematic design drawings

    Please visit the APR Internship website for more information and details on how to apply.

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15 August 2018
  • APR Internship with Woodside Energy

    Data Science for Health & safety in the Oil and Gas Industry 

    Location: Perth, WA

    Duration: 4-5 months

    Proposaed Start Date: May 2018

    Disciplines: Mathematics, Engineering, IT and Computing

    Project Background
    Woodside is Australia¹s largest independent oil and gas company with a global portfolio, recognised for their world-class capabilities ¬as an explorer, developer, producer and supplier of energy. 

    Woodside has developed strong data science capability in support of the company’s growth strategy, and is leading the application of data science in the oil and gas industry. The Data Science team are tasked with deploying cognitive computing, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning for improved decision making supported by facts and data.

    Research to be Conducted
    Woodside’s Data Science team is seeking an intern to develop valuable insights from our extensive health and safety (H&S) records through the application of advanced and novel data science techniques. The intern will work closely with the Data science team and the H&S subject matter experts to understand the data from various data sources, identify and analyse leading indicators to safety events, and develop high value outcomes with actionable insights.

    The successful candidate will gain invaluable exposure to the application of data science techniques to real problems, in a fast-paced and agile delivery environment.

    Skills Required
    We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:

    • Strong data modelling skills
    • Previous experience working with/exposure to large data sets
    • Programming skills e.g.
    • Some prior knowledge in stochastic processes, graph theory and network analysis will be beneficial
    • Able to work as part of a team

    Visit the APR Internship website for more information and how to apply.

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  • DST Group Research Internship Multiple Opportunities (20+)

    Location: Various

    Proposed start date: Various (July – October 2018)

    Duration: 4-5 months 

    Keywords: Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Material Science, Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Telecommunications, Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical/Mechatronic Engineering, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Food Science, Social Science, Psychology

    Project Background: The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) is the Australian Government’s lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. As one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, DST deliver expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

    DST have partnered with APR.Intern to place up to 100 PhD interns with Defence over four-years. With a focus on gender equity, the internships are open to all eligible STEM PhD students with support from the Department of Education and Training through the Supporting more women in STEM careers: APR.Intern—National Research Internship Program.

    Eligibility Requirements: Due to Commonwealth Government security requirements all candidates will require baseline clearance and therefore must hold Australian citizenship at commencement of the internship.

    are interested in participating in a DST internship, please contact the Business Developer to discuss, or submit an application advising the date of citizenship ceremony.

    Refer to the DST Group website for more information and details on how to apply.

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  • Nicolas Baudin Program Research Internship

    Applications for the Nicolas Baudin Program: “Internship in France” initiative are now open.

    A range of internship opportunities of between three and six months are available in partnership between a French University and company.   Most of these were created with a partner university in mind, however, students may apply for any of the available opportunities.   Additional detail about individual internships is available at: https://au.ambafrance.org/Internship-topics

    Should you be selected to participate in an internship:

    • The French Embassy finances the cost of the return flights from Australia to France and social security costs for the duration of the internship (up to 6 months).
    • The host university in France will provide a mandatory internship stipend (minimum of 554€ per month according to 2017 figures, subject to change).
    • The University of Adelaide will provide an additional grant to help cover daily costs during your stay in France ($2500).

    The deadline for applications to be submitted online is 30 April 2018 and internships must be taken up by 31/12/18.

    Further information about the scheme, is available on the Nicolas Baudin Program: “Internship in France”

    Access to the online application form.

    After creating an account, students are advised to choose the first option “internship in France initiative” in Section 2 of the application form “your project in France”.

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  • Research Internship wit Nauti-Craft

    Location: Dunsborough, WA

    Interstate applications accepted with the potential to work remotely in consultation with Business Development manager

    Duration: 5 months

    Disciplines: Engineering, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences

    Project Background

    The impact of whole of body vibration on high speed vessel operators has been identified as generating a significant occupational health and safety risk. These risks range from short term injury through long term spinal damage and operator fatigue.

    Nauti-Craft has created a unique vessel suspension system specifically designed to reduce these risks by reducing the magnitude of the vessel impacts.  Studies conducted by Nauti-Craft personnel using relatively simple measurement techniques and equipment have identified that impacts can be reduced by greater than 75%. These measurements have however focused on the transmission forces through the mechanical components of the vessel and have not focused on the human performance benefits.

    Further to this, a brief review of data and techniques associated with measuring operator fatigue arising from high speed vessel transit has identified no clear quantitative measurement technique. Given that special forces personnel regard vessel transit as qualitatively the most fatiguing element of operational deployment, Nauti-Craft would like to be able to provide demonstrable evidence of the benefits associated with its unique suspension system.

    Nauti-Craft is seeking an experienced researcher capable of developing, conducting and reporting on the human performance benefits available to high speed craft operators when using a Nauti-Craft equipped vessel. The primary reason behind the work is to provide compelling, independently generated and credible data demonstrating that the Nauti-Craft system is the best performing technology for managing whole of body vibration risk in high speed craft.

    Given that Nauti-Craft’s workforce are predominantly engineers, the requisite expertise is likely to come from someone with human factors qualifications and experience. Nauti-Craft can provide mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control systems support around instrumentation however are lacking in the ability to translate these measurements into valuable human factors data.

    Research to be Conducted

    Nauti-Craft would like to focus on three key outcomes:

    • Quantify the benefits to operator fatigue associated with a reduction in whole of body vibration. There don't appear to be any solid metrics associated with fatigue, so this could be a significant study and is the primary focus.
    • Quantify the benefits to operator occupational health associated with a reduction in whole of body vibration. This can be associated with the current ISO 2631-5 standard for Whole of Body Vibration but needs credible independent assessment through a qualified researcher.
    • Quantify the benefits to operator safety (injury risk reduction) associated with a reduction in shock loading transmitted to the operators.

    It should be noted that all competitive technologies in this space utilise suspension seating which does not provide any assistance to standing or prone personnel. The Nauti-Craft system offers the same benefits regardless of whether operators are seated, standing or prone and these benefits need to be quantified in the study.

    Skills Required

    For this project, we are looking for PhD students with:

    • Experience, background and knowledge in:
      • Human factors
      • Human performance
      • Whole of body vibration (desirable)
    • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
    • Strong writing skills to deliver technical and non-technical reports

    Eligibility Information and how to apply

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