Scholarship details

Funding Body:

University of Sydney


Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship in Intelligent Air Vehicles for Agriculture

Research Areas:

Sciences & Engineering


Postgraduate Research


The Aerospace Engineering Group at The University of Sydney wishes to pursue a very innovative air vehicle concept, which can be developed to support the agriculture industry. Agriculture remains one of Australia’s major export industries, and competes successfully worldwide.  We have developed this concept in conjunction with Agent Oriented Software (AOS), with the aim of improving agricultural productivity. The project needs a capable and motivated PhD student who can work with farmers to identify requirements, conceive an innovative flight platform design, and then build and test the system. The University of Sydney is working with AOS, which specialises in autonomous and intelligent software. With the support of AOS, the student will demonstrate an autonomous version of the system, which will be the basis for a commercial product.

Worldwide, there is great interest in Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), but operationally, they all require a hands-on operator/pilot at all times, a limitation that greatly limits their cost effectiveness. The aim of this project is to demonstrate effective and safe autonomous operations, without the cost of an operator/pilot.  Agriculture is a demanding industry, quick to adopt new technology if it is cost effective, but intolerant of unreliable or hard to use systems. This is the challenge that the student must address.



The candidate student must be successful in obtaining an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship to commence a PhD candidature in Semester Two of 2015 at the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME) at the University of Sydney.  The successful applicant will receive a supplementary scholarship jointly supported by AMME and AOS through the special Aerospace Engineering Industry-Link Program.


Amount awarded:

The top-up scholarship is valued up to $10,000 per annum (tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. 

Application guide:

Further information can be obtained from A/Professor KC Wong, on 02 9351 2347 or e-mail: Applications should be sent direct to Professor KC Wong at the above address and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees. 

Closing date:

17 July 2015