Professor Dr. Andrew Robson is working as Director of the Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre (AARSC) – Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre. He has been involved in agricultural research since 1996, with the majority of that time developing spatial applications (remote sensing/GIS) across many agricultural and horticultural farming systems both nationally and internationally.
Following an early career as a rice physiologist with NSW Department of Primary Industries, and subsequently many years of employment with the Qld state counterpart, Professor Robson established, and is now the Director of the Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre (AARSC) based at UNE. He, with his team work on a diverse range of research projects that develop and validate remote sensing technologies for many agricultural industries including peanut, grains, cotton, sugar, rice, avocados, mangoes, bananas, macadamias, olive, citrus, carrots, vegetables, pineapples and pastures. These research projects have attracted funding from many sources including state and federal government agencies, RDCs, CRCs and directly from industry. Throughout his career Prof. Robson has developed an extensive network of collaborators that together have set a new standard in the successful integration of industry, research and commercial partners for the delivery of multi industry national strategies, producing outcomes that have to a large extent have been adopted by industry. This has been demonstrated through the successful funding and delivery of projects such as the two national projects in Horticultural tree crops, funded by the Federal governments ’Rural R&D for profit’ scheme and Horticulture Innovation.