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Rural Futures: Science and Technology in Agriculture

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Blackheath and Thornburgh College

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Charters Towers City, QLD 4820

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Come and hear about the exciting future of STEM in agriculture, and participate in a Q&A-style panel hosted by SBS broadcaster Oliver Heuthe with experts:

- Dr Airlie Chapman (Robotics, Aerospace, and Information Networks (RAIN) Lab, University of Washington)
- Alex Olsen (Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Vision & Machine Learning, James Cook University)
- Eric Schoof (Ph.D. Candidate in Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington)
- Shane Campbell (Specialist in Invasive Plant and Animal Science, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries)

*About the speakers*

Dr Airlie Chapman is a multi award winning expert in her field with a Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Washington. She has studied and specialised in many fields including Mathematics, Physics and Engineering at the University of Sydney. Her work is published in numerous books and scientific journals.
http://rain.aa.washington.edu/Group_Members/Airlie_Chapman

Eric Schoof is a Ph.D. Candidate in Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington. He is a former software Software Development Engineer for Microsoft who returned to the University of Washington to undertake a Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics. His research covers human-swarm interactions and semi-autonomous networks.

Alex Olsen is "building and training" a weed terminator as part of his Ph.D. in automating the detection and control of noxious weed species invading northern Australian rangelands. He is doing this through the combination of research methods in computer vision and machine learning. He is also a lecturer of Computing and Sensors in the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University.
https://www.jcu.edu.au/news/releases/2017/may/weed-terminator-to-get-sharper-eyes

Shane Campbell is an invasive plant and animal science specialist for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

*About the host*

Over the past ten years, Oliver Heuthe has been working as a journalist and radio broadcaster for SBS Radio in Melbourne. As a Senior Producer, he has written, produced and presented numerous stories that have gained national and international recognition. One of Oliver’s features on multiculturalism was even awarded with the major journalism award in Turkey and with the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Award. In 2017, Oliver launched the weekly political panel talk podcast Europedia on SBS, which focuses exclusively on an Australian perspective on European affairs.

In addition to his journalistic work, Oliver has returned to university to give his passion for environmental issues a solid academic foundation. Since completing a degree in environmental science, Oliver has focused his career on science communication, in order to do his bit to promote a scientific approach to many of today’s problems.

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