About

Overview

I am an engineering lecturer at James Cook University's Cairns campus. I am an interdisciplinary researcher whose main focus is computational and mathematical methods, which I have applied to a range of applications from materials science to agriculture. I have a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) / Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a PhD in Physics. I have lectured at James Cook University since 2011, and have been based in Cairns since 2016.

Organic semiconductors research

Organic semiconductors offer low-cost, lightweight, flexible and transparent electronic devices. I have primarily worked on organic solar cells and photodetectors, using computational methods to model charge transport at the device scale. These models offer insight into how to improve device performance, as well as how to more accurately analyse charge transport measurements. I am a member of the Australasian Community for Advanced Organic Semiconductors.

Agricultural technology and IoT research

I am working on several projects that combine electronics and/or the Internet of Things with agriculture:

  • Developing smart irrigation technology for sugar cane farmers using Internet of Things technologies, funded by the National Environmental Science Program. We are improving automation technology for the farm, to “close the loop” between crop models and in-field irrigation equipment.
  • Developing image processing to detect invasive weed species, funded by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. I am working on deep learning neural networks to classify images of invasive weeds, so that this image processing system can be used in automated weed spraying robots.
  • Applying near infrared spectroscopy and other methods to the non-destructive testing of food products, as part of the JCU-QDAFF Rapid Assessment Unit.

Teaching

I teach the embedded systems stream in the engineering program in Cairns. This covers design of printed circuit boards, microcontroller programming, and interfacing with sensors, actuators and communication devices. I place a strong emphasis on active and authentic learning, and have been recognised with several teaching awards including a 2016 JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Teaching
  • CC2511: Embedded Systems Design (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • CC3501: Computer Interfacing and Control (Level 3; CNS)
  • MA3405: Statistical Data Mining for Big Data (Level 3; CNS)
Interests
Research
  • Organic semiconductors
  • Charge transport
  • Image processing
  • Sensor technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • Embedded systems
Experience
  • 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
Honours
Awards
  • 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 - Selected to attend the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates as an Australian representative
  • 2015 - Bev Frangos Graduate Instructor Prize for an outstanding contribution to teaching
Memberships
  • Student Branch Counsellor and executive committee member for IEEE Northern Australia Section
  • Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • Member of Engineers Australia
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 18+ 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
Summary
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.
Investigators
Ian Atkinson, Wei Xiang, Bronson Philippa, Ed Charmley, Greg Bishop-Hurley, Nigel Bajema, Scott Mills, Gordon Foyster and Richard Keaney (Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and Taggle Systems)
Keywords
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
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
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
Summary
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.
Investigators
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.

Current
  • The non-invasive assessment of avocado maturity and quality (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Anomalous Transport in Organic and Soft Condensed Matter (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Smart Organic Solar Cell Windows using Photochromic Materials: Theory and Experiment (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Spatial modulation aided millimeter wave communications (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development of high-level programming tools to improve the robustness of Internet of Things networks. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Monte-Carlo Modelling of Charge Transport in Heterogeneous Organic Semiconductors (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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