Farms, vineyards and orchards form Australia’s agricultural industry. Along with mining and educational services, agriculture is one of Australia’s three key export-earning industries. Consequently there is an opportunity to improve productivity using innovative applications of new technologies.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), attract great interest worldwide, but they require a hands-on operator at all times, a limitation that greatly reduces their cost effectiveness.
The Intelligent Air Vehicles for Agriculture project is a collaborative effort between AOS and the Aerospace Engineering Group at the University of Sydney. As part of this project, a Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship is now available for an eligible PhD student.
The aim of this project is to demonstrate effective, safe, autonomous UAV operations, without the cost of an operator/pilot. Agriculture is a demanding industry, quick to adopt new technology if it is cost effective, but intolerant of unreliable or hard to use systems. This is the challenge that this project must address.
The successful candidate will be a capable, motivated person who can work with farmers to identify requirements, conceive an innovative flight platform design, and then build and test the system.
AOS will work with this candidate, with the outcome being iSee, a commercial product.
To apply for this PhD research scholarship, please use this link to the University of Sydney’s website where you’ll find all the details.
Closing date for applications is 17 July 2015.