ArkoLucieer_portrait_square2015_1000pxRichardBennettI am an Associate Professor in Remote Sensing in the School of Land & Food, Surveying and Spatial Sciences group at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). My area of expertise is in environmental remote sensing focusing on the analysis of satellite and airborne imagery, in particular image texture measures, image classification, object-based image analysis, change detection, and terrain analysis techniques. My research focus is on the development and application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for environmental remote sensing and aerial surveying applications. I am the founder and team leader of the TerraLuma research group at UTAS. My team has integrated advanced sensors on UAS for a wide range of real-worlds applications, e.g. agriculture, landslides, vegetation mapping, erosion, Antarctic moss beds. For my full professional profile see this UTAS page.


  • 2016 – present: Associate Professor (Academic Level D) in Remote Sensing, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • 2010 – 2015: Senior lecturer (Academic Level C) in GIS and Remote Sensing, University of Tasmania, Australia.
  • 2004 – 2006: Remote Sensing and Spatial Analyst, University of Wollongong and Australian Antarctic Division, Australia.
  • 2004 – 2010: Lecturer (Academic Level B) in GIS and Remote Sensing, University of Tasmania, Australia.UTAS


  • 2000 – 2004: PhD in Remote Sensing, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) and Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Thesis: Segmentation of remotely sensed imagery and visualization of object uncertainty.
  • 1998 – 2000 M.Sc. cum laude in Physical Geography, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Thesis: The DAIS La Peyne experiment: Using the optical and thermal DAIS bands to survey and model the soil surface heat balance. Supervisor: Prof. Steven de Jong
  • 1995 – 1998 B.Sc. in Physical Geography (minor in Computing), Utrecht University, The Netherlands


  • Winner of THE PITCH: University of Tasmania Science Week, Hobart, Tasmania, 2015
  • Best presentation for established scientist: Strategic Science in Antarctica conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 2013
  • Faculty Award for highly cited paper Bergstrom et al. (2009) (relative citation index >8)
  • Best pitch award and the overall runner-up award: UniQuest TrailBlazer research commercialisation competition, June 2012
  • Best conference presentation award: at the Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference (ARSPC 2008), Darwin, Australia, July 2008.
  • Between 2006 and 2008, I was a co-investigator on the Biodiversity in Grain and Graze: Spatial Analysis, Soil and Invertebrate sub-project (Land and Water Australia: $184K), which won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Banksia Environmental Award in July 2008

Professional organisations

I am a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) and the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems. Between 2005 and 2010 I was a member of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) in Australia.

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