Dr Bronson Philippa is an engineering lecturer at James Cook University. He applies computational and mathematical methods to a range of applications from materials science to agriculture. Dr Philippa's primary research area is in organic semiconductors. These materials offer low-cost, lightweight, flexible and transparent electronic devices. Typical applications include solar cells, photodetectors, and light emitting diodes. Dr Philippa develops computational models for charge transport in these novel semiconductors, and applies these models to interpret data and advance our understanding on how to improve device performance.

Dr Philippa's other interests include signal processing, embedded systems, sensor technologies, and data analysis. He has recently begun working on electronics technologies for the Internet of Things, with applications such as building management and smart agriculture. He is working on IoT-enabled irrigation technology for sugar cane farming.

Dr Philippa has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) / Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) dual degree and a PhD in Physics. He has lectured at James Cook University since 2011. He places a strong emphasis on active and authentic learning, and has been recognised with several teaching awards including a 2016 JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. He is the Program Coordinator for the Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering program in Cairns.

  • CC2511: Embedded Systems Design (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EE2201: Circuit Theory (Level 2; CNS)
  • EG1002: Computing and Sensors (Level 1; CNS)
  • Organic electronics
  • Charge transport (modelling and experiment)
  • Fractional calculus
  • Sensor technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • Embedded systems
  • 2016 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Casual lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for enthusing students in electronics engineering with active and authentic learning
  • 2015 - Sessional Staff Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to student learning
  • 2015 - Bev Frangos Graduate Instructor Prize for an outstanding contribution to teaching
  • 2015 - Selected to attend the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates as an Australian representative
  • Member of Engineers Australia
  • Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • Student Branch Counsellor and executive committee member for IEEE Northern Australia Section

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Bronson Philippa from 2011 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships

Smart Ear Tag for Livestock

Indicative Funding
$1,500,000 over 4 years
CeresTag is investing in the development of a smart ear tag for livestock to enable near real-time geo-location and health monitoring. The developed ear tag will be compliant with the current NLIS identification system and cost only marginally more than existing tags. This technology will revolutionise the industry through enhanced animal welfare, improved land management practices and increased profitability. It will form the starting point of block chain traceability that will underpin the continued success of this important component of the Australian economy and help maintain the premium status of Australian livestock products.
Ian Atkinson, Wei Xiang, Bronson Philippa, Ed Charmley, Greg Bishop-Hurley, Nigel Bajema, Scott Mills, Gordon Foyster and Richard Kerney (Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and Taggle Systems)
Animal tracking; Internet Of Things; Microelectronics; Geo-location; Precision Agriculture; Beef Cattle

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Control Tools and Technologies for Established Pest Animals and Weeds Programme

Improving the accuracy of weed killing robots with new image processing algorithms and near infra-red spectroscopy techniques

Indicative Funding
$271,772 over 3 years
Automated weed species recognition remains a major obstacle to the development and industry acceptance of robotic weed control technology. Particular problems occur in rangeland applications, including high light variability and weed-camera distance variability, which cause camera dynamic range problems, image blurring, and occlusion by other plants. This project aims to develop robust image recognition systems combined with Near Infra-Red spectroscopic methods for these complex rangeland environments with special emphasis on the broad-acre grazing pastures in North Queensland. The developed imaging systems will be suitable for all weed killing applications with particular emphasis given to foliar spot-spraying and Herbicide Ballistic Technologies.
Peter Ridd, Ron White, Bronson Philippa, Alex Olsen and Owen Kenny in collaboration with Brett Wedding, Michael Graham, Carole Wright and Stephen Grauf (College of Science & Engineering, QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Forestry)
Weed; Near-Infra-Red; Robotics; Image Analysis

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Improving water quality for the Great Barrier Reef and wetlands by better managing irrigation in the sugarcane farming system

Indicative Funding
$458,103 over 3 years
This project will work in partnership with industry, extension, NRM, research and government organisations to develop and deploy an irrigation system that is automatically controlled by remotely accessing feedback from the IrrigWeb decision support tool. Irrigweb provides optimal irrigation schedules on a paddock-by-paddock basis by linking information abut climate, soils and management regimes. If new water quality targets as specified in the revised Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plan are to by met by 2025, it will be critical to establish pathways that enable industry partners to capitalise on new technologies.
Yvette Everingham, Wei Xiang and Bronson Philippa in collaboration with Stephen Attard (College of Science & Engineering and AgriTech Solutions)

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Anomalous Transport in Organic and Soft Condensed Matter (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development of High-Level Programming Tools to Improve the Robustness of Internet of Things Networks (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Spatial modulation for large scale multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) machine to machine communications towards 5G (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Monte-Carlo Modelling of Charge Transport in Heterogeneous Organic Semiconductors (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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