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Aerial systems

Using technology in the sky to improve visibility and tracking

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics is working on a range of research projects involving aerial systems to detect, follow and analyse land and animals.


Invasive weeds  

Our experts: Professor Salah Sukkarieh

Our industry partners: Land and Water Australia, The Council of Australasian Weed Societies, Meat and Livestock Australia, NSW Department of Primary Industries, VIC Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Agriculture

The centre has completed more than 10 years of research and development in using drones and machine learning algorithms to detect invasive weeds over large areas.

Tracking animals

Our experts: Professor Salah Sukkarieh, Mr Oliver Cliff and Mr Robert Fitch

The centre worked on a project to improve animal tracking using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with Australian National University researchers, funded by an ARC Linkage grant. The wildlife tracking system includes a radio receiver mounted on a multi-rotor UAV. The receiver detects beeps emitted by radio locator tags attached to the animals being tracked. The operator can determine the location of a tagged animal quicker than traditional methods, where the operator had to move the radio receiver on foot.


Our experts: Professor Salah Sukkarieh and Dr Mitch Bryson

Our industry partners: NSW Department of Primary Industries

We’re using UAV imagery and topographic maps of forestry to determine the amount of plantation items – for example, the number of pine trees in a forest – using aerial imagery analysis and validated by measurements made by foresters on the ground.