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Dr Sreten Askraba

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Sreten is a Research Fellow at the Electron Science Research Institute, he is currently working in applied research and development of high speed remote laser spectroscopy and object classification.


Before joining ESRI in December 2005, Dr Askraba has held positions in a diverse array of organisations including:

  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney
  • Robert Bosch Australia/Germany - Semiconductor Division
  • Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne
  • Victoria University, Melbourne
  • General Motors/Holden, Melbourne

Dr Askraba has developed, evaluated and introduced four revolutionary new instruments into the mining, semiconductor and agriculture industries. He is co-author of three patents and he designed and constructed five computerised systemsTM for automatic control and data acquisition.


Dr Askraba is co-inventor of the following patents licensed to industry partners:

Research Areas and Interests

Dr Askraba has gained expertise in multidisciplinary science, engineering and industrial work experience specialising in the following areas:

  • Solid-state and quantum optical physics;
  • Theory and applications of thin films;
  • Stress and strain in thin films and mechanical structures and their measurements;
  • Sensors and application;
  • Computer modelling and design;
  • Electronic hardware and software engineering;
  • Project management.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University.


Recent Research Grants

  • Reduced herbicide usage through application technology,  Grains Research & Development Corporation,  Protecting Your Crop,  2014 - 2019,  $4,400,033.
  • Research Program Agreement: Development of Photonics Based Weed Sensor Prototypes for Weed Detection and Plant Discrimination,  Photonic Detection Systems Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2009 - 2012,  $254,800.
  • Photonics Based Weed Sensor Prototypes for Weed detection and Plant Discrimination ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $60,000.
  • Spectral reflectance characterisation of sugarcane and guinea grass for the development of MicroPhotonic Weed Sensor,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $52,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Askraba, S., Paap, A., Alameh, K., Rowe, J., Miller, C., (2017), Temperature-stabilized laser-based sensors for accurate plant discrimination. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 140(August 17), 317-326, Amsterdam, Netherlands, ELSEVIER, DOI: 10.1016/j.compag.2017.06.017.
  • Askraba, S., Paap, A., Alameh, K., Rowe, J., Miller, C., (2016), Laser-Stabilized Real-Time Plant Discrimination Sensor for Precision Agriculture. IEEE Sensors Journal, 16(17), 6680-6686, IEEE Sensors Council, DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2016.2582908.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Development of an optical sensor for real-time weed detection using laser based spectroscopy.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Multi-wavelength multi-beam photnic based sensor for object discrimination and positioning

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Computer Science),  An algorithm for extracting the ppg baseline drift in real-time
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