The Food Agility Profiles

Over the next few months we will profile the key players, the researchers and the vision driving the Food Agility CRC bid. The first in this series takes a brief look at the remarkable career of Professor Bronwyn Harch.

 Professor Bronwyn Harch

Professor Bronwyn Harch


Should the Food Agility CRC bid be successful, Prof Harch will take the role of Research Director. Prof Harch brings to the Food Agility CRC her particular strength in managing large trans-disciplinary research initiatives with industry engagement.

Professor Harch is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Professor of Applied Statistical Science, at QUT. Bronwyn leads transdisciplinary research efforts – where industry, government and the community co-develop with QUT researchers a range of initiatives that address global challenges to build a strong Australia with a competitive economy. 

 Prof Jay Guo

Prof Jay Guo

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  Prof Ren Ping Liu

Prof Ren Ping Liu


Distinguished Professor Y. Jay Guo, FTSE FIEEE FIET

Professor Y. Jay Guo is the Director of Global Big Data Technologies Centre and Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.

Jay will serve as the Research Leader of the Digital Agrifood Technologies program if the Food Agility CRC bid is successful. This program will enable real-time access to food data from farms, through logistics, processing facilities, distribution channels as well as from (inter)national markets. It relies largely on the world-class capabilities in the Global Big Data Technologies Centre.

Professor Simon Cook

An internationally accomplished scientist will lead the Food Agility CRC’s research program into Sustainable Food Systems, should the bid be successful.

Professor Simon Cook is an expert in applying data science and technologies to agricultural systems and natural resource management, to help solve problems at global, regional and farm levels.

Simon is the newly appointed, inaugural Premier's Fellow in Agriculture and Food at Curtin University. Previously Simon consulted, providing strategic and analytical advice to global organisations as well as to nations including South America, 

Professor Tristan Perez

A professor in Robotics and Autonomous Systems will lead the Food Agility CRC’s Agri-food Informatics Research Program if the bid is successful. Professor Tristan Perez believes there is enormous potential for using information, extracted from purposefully collected data, to improve the management of agricultural production systems, to optimise yield, quality and efficiency whilst ensuring sustainability.

When in-farm and value-chain data are combined with systems mathematical models, novel statistical techniques and optimisation, key information can be extracted and be provided to farmers to enhance their management decisions. For a farmer, such decisions include aspects of crop planning, in season management, harvest and post harvest, as well as business. 


PROFESSOR ren ping liu

Ren Ping Liu is a Professor at the School of Electrical and Data Engineering in University of Technology Sydney, where he leads the Network Security Lab in the Global Big Data Technologies Centre. He is also the Research Program Leader of the Digital Agrifood Technologies in Food Agility CRC, a government, research, and industry initiative to empower Australia's food business through digital transformation. Prior to that he was a Principal Scientist and a Research Leader in CSIRO, where he led wireless networking research activities. He specialises in network design and modelling, and has delivered networking solutions to a number of government agencies and industry customers. Professor Liu was a winner of the Australian Engineering Innovation Award and CSIRO Chairman’s medal. Professor Liu has over 130 research publications, and has supervised over 30 PhD students. His research interests are in the area of wireless networking, including 5G, IoT, VANET, and network security.

Professor Ren Ping Liu is the founding chair of IEEE NSW VTS Chapter and a Senior Member of IEEE. He served as TPC chair for BodyNets2015, ISCIT2017, 2015, 2012 WPMC2014, as OC co-chair for VTC2017-Spring, BodyNets2014, ICUWB2013, SenSys2007, and in Technical Program Committees for a number of IEEE Conferences. Ren Ping Liu received his B.E.(Hon) and M.E. degrees from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia.