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Prof. McCool replaces Prof. Schulze Lammers

Since 1st February 2019, the Chair of 'Agricultural Engineering and Robotics' has been occupied by Prof. Chris McCool (from Brisbane/Australia). Prof. McCool replaces Prof. Schulze Lammers, who will be retired on 15 March 2019.

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Mission Agricultural Engineering and Robotics

Prof. Dr. Chris McCool

The department of Agricultural Engineering and  Robotics is headed by Professor Chris McCool. Specialising in applications of robotics and automation in the challenging Agricultural environment, this department aims to impact in the fundamental areas which enable robotics and automation to be deployed in Agriculture (an unstructure and challenging environment). The following are some of the key areas addressed within this department:

  • Robotics and automation for plant-specific and crop-specific management
  •  Robotics and automation for both agriculture and horticulture
  • Sensors, systems and algorithms for agricultural applications


Chris McCool received his PhD from QUT in 2007 and then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Idiap Research Institute (Switzerland) developing state-of-the-art face recognition techniques capable of running on mobile phones. He then returned to Australia to join the National ICT of Australia in an initiative for Environmental Computer Vision. In 2014, he rejoined QUT where he worked on Agricultural Robotics and was a key member in the development of two agricultural robots AgBot II (for broadacre applications) and Harvey (for harvesting applications). He has a particular interest in applied image classification, computer vision, pattern recognition and their application to robots and autonomous systems that can use this information to take action in challenging environments such as agriculture.



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