Application of machine learning to plant image data

Application of machine learning to plant image data

The project aims to apply the latest machine learning methods to understand plant growth and performance from image data.

There has been a rapid growth in the quality and quantity of image data for plants, from ground-based cameras, to drones and satellites, but methods to interrogate this data are lacking. At the same time, machine learning and artificial intelligence methods are revolutionising data analysis. This project will apply the latest machine learning methods to gain a greater understanding of plant growth and performance.

In this project, PhD students will learn how to apply machine learning to understand plant growth and performance using image data and high-performance computing.


Research team leader: Professor David Edwards

Professor David Edwards leads an applied bioinformatics group focussing on understanding plants and their genomes for understanding plant evolution and adaptation and improving agriculture. He applies a range of computational methods using genome sequence and plant image data with high-performance computing.


Suggested readings

Professor Edwards publications can be accessed via Google Scholar



The project funding is $32,000 per annum (tax-free) paid to the successful candidate


How to Apply

Check criteria
  • To be accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy, an applicant must demonstrate they have sufficient background experience in independent supervised research to successfully complete, and provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • Requirements specific to this project: Students are expected to have a background and interest in biology as well as a solid understanding of Linux
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  • Contact the research team leader via the Expression of Interest button below
  • After you have discussed your project with the research team leader, contact to proceed with your application

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Domestic students

All domestic students may apply for Research Training Program and University Postgraduate Awards (UPA) scholarships

International students

A range of scholarships are available from international organisations and governments. The full list, organised by country, is available on the Future Students website.

In addition, all international students may apply for International Research Training Program scholarships.

Indigenous students
Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for Indigenous Postgraduate Research Supplementary Scholarships.
Forrest Foundation scholarships
All international and Australian students who wish to study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at The University of Western Australia may apply for Forrest Scholarships.

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