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, FTSE, GAICD, ASTAT
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.
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.