Simon is an expert in applying data science and technologies to agricultural systems and natural resource management. An internationally accomplished scientist, Simon leads the RP3 research program into Sustainable Food Systems. Simon is also the newly appointed, inaugural Premier's Fellow in Agriculture and Food at Curtin University.
Simon has over 25 years’ experience of research management in agriculture, including many years with CSIRO and within the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research Centers. He has a wealth of knowledge in applying information technologies to the management of natural resources. As leader of the CSIRO precision agricultural research group, he identified the opportunities and obstacles of applying information technologies to change in Australian agriculture. This group pioneered precision agriculture within Australian grains, wine and sugar industries and, with partners, produced the first yield maps for these crops.