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Digital Agriculture Industry PhD Scholarship

ECU’s School of Science is seeking a PhD candidate to participate in a research project in Digital Agriculture. The research project forms part of a collaboration with our partner, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (DPIRD) to utilise digital methods for decision making in Australian agriculture.


Important dates

Opens: 27-11-2018 Closes: 15-01-2019

Applies to

Domestic International Postgraduate Research

At a glance

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • hold a Bachelor degree (honours) or equivalent in computer science or related degree; and
  • have skills in database systems and AI techniques (Essential), programming in R or other languages, knowledge of GIS technologies, experience in plant science, agriculture is desirable, good oral and report writing skills, be able to work in a team environment and able to liaise with growers and industry stakeholders and good project management skills.

Project title

Digital methods for decision making when using semi-autonomous machinery in Australian agriculture

Project overview

There is great potential for data collected farm machinery to be used for better decision making. This PhD project will develop data analytics methods and machine learning techniques for the data generated from these semiautonomous machines to increase the precision for guidance and on-board decision-making/selection in different crop and climate scenarios. Digital methods will be developed that integrate this generated data with other grower-based and public datasets to assist decision making. The project will collect data from a series of digitalenabled farms in Western Australia and test and validate these digital methods for use with the semi-autonomous vehicles for different on-farm activities. The research project forms part of a collaboration with our partner, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (DPIRD) and the applicant will be embedded within a large, established and multidisciplinary team. The applicant will also be a member of the internationally recognized eAgriculture Research Group in the School of Science.

How to apply

Application is made via the ECU Online Scholarship Application Portal. Access to the portal is available between application opening and closing dates. Questions about applying can be directed to Dr Leisa Armstrong (l.armstrong@ecu.edu.au).

For more information

Please contact Dr Leisa Armstrong: l.armstrong@ecu.edu.au ; (08) 6304 6506

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