Very close now …
This thesis is the result of a long journey throughout which I received great support from many people whom I wish to acknowledge here. I do not think I could have completed this thesis without them and their support.
My supervisor, Professor David Abramson, and my fiancée, Lê Ngọc Thảo, probably deserve the most acknowledgements. David, I am forever thankful to your support, guidance and inspiration. I am grateful for your scholarships, for relocating me to Brisbane where I met Thao, and for your effort to proofread every single chapter in this thesis. And Thảo, I thank you very much for providing me with your love, encouragement and companion. I cannot wait to start our new journey.
I also thank my family, my father Nguyễn Hồng Thái, brother Nguyễn Hoàng Sơn, sister Cao Lệ Quyên, aunty Quách Thị Hà for their support and encouragement during the last four years.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Minh Ngoc Dinh, who has been a wonderful colleague and friend. I am grateful for your support, advice and wisdom-ish :-). I would really hope for continuing working with you in the future.
I am grateful to Dr. Timoleon Kipouros and Dr. Siddeswara Guru for their collaborations during the candidature. Many use cases are the outcomes of these collaborations.
I would like to express my gratitude towards Dr. Minh Duc Cao, Hasn AlTaiar and Dr. Ricky Theodore. Their comments were really helpful throughout the writing process.
Last but not least, I would like to thank my Melbournian friends for their support. Himanshu Pahujas, Hasn AlTaiar, Ricky Theodore, Ashwin Shah, Jessie Nghiem, Aisa Na’im, Michael Bong, Adelina Wi and Rabbit.