Sensing Technologies


Dr Chris Rudiger

Research opportunities

Focus areas

Monitoring data is critical to all aspects of current day society to develop understanding of physical processes, validate models, and constrain future predictions. In this subtheme, novel monitoring technologies are being developed and tested, including in-situ, proximal and remote sensing platforms. Application areas range from monitoring structural health, to temporal evolution of the natural environment using ground, air and satellite platforms. Examples include important calibration/validation contributions to the NASA, ESA and JAXA satellites for soil moisture using airborne simulators and spatially enabled ground-based sensors, developing environmental monitoring technologies that utilise GPS signals and mobile phone tower signals, pipeline failure monitoring using strain sensor networks and measuring leakage, and exploitation of embedded sensor technologies to monitor structural integrity of buildings.


Leaders in sensing technology innovation with societal relevance and impact.


Building a safer future through innovative sensing technologies.

Research highlights

Awards and Honours

  • Dr Chris Rüdiger was awarded ARC Early Career Researcher Travelling Fellowship in 2012.
  • Professor Jeff Walker is selected to the science team of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite.
  • Professor Jeff Walker is selected to the science team of the JAXA Global Change Observation Mission for Water (GCOM-W) satellite.
  • Professor Jeff Walkerr awarded the inaugural Anton Hales Medal in Earth Sciences.


Selected projects

  • Harris, S., Rüdiger, C., Tapper, N., 2013-2014, Analysis of RapidEye imagery to map fire severity and ground-truthing, Bushfire CRC, $160k
  • Morse-McNabb, Rüdiger, et al., 2013-2016, High resolution soil moisture monitoring in the High Rainfall Zone ofVictoria, Dept. of Environment and Primary Industries grant, $1.2m.
  • Walker, J., Beringer, J., Rüdiger, C., Daly, E., 2014-2017, Towards global water and energy balance monitoring using GCOM-W1 in the Australian Murray-Darling basin. Global Change Observation Mission: Fifth Research Announcement GCOM-W1, AU$229k
  • Walker, J., Rüdiger, C., Western, A., Ryu, D., Gray, D., 2014-2016, The Murrumbidgee Core Validation Site for SMAP, NASA Dear Colleague Letter
  • Walker, J., Deletic, A., Beringer, J., Siems, Sherwood, McCabe, M., Western, A., Moran, Gray, D., Lambert, 2013. Mobile weather radar system for advanced environmental monitoring and modelling, ARC LIEF, $340K+$400K
  • Walker, J., Rüdiger, C., Jackson, T., Entekhabi, D., De Jeu, R., Merlin, O., Kim, E., Renzullo, L., 2014-2016, MoistureMonitor: A multi-mission soil moisture monitoring system for a water limited future, ARC Discovery, $565k
  • Walker, J., Lowell, K., Milne, A., Ge, L., Hacker, J., 2010-2013, Towards Operational Monitoring of Key Climate Parameters From Synthetic Aperture Radar, ARC Super Science Fellowships, AU$557k


Academic staff

Dr Colin Caprani
Dr Edoardo Daly
A/Prof David McCarthy
A/Prof Valentijn Pauwels
Dr Chris Rudiger
Dr Meead Saberi
A/Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury
Dr Christian Urich
Prof Jeff Walker
Prof William Young

Research staff

Dr Matteo Camporese
Dr Gift Dumedah
Omid Ejtemai
Dr Stefania Grimaldi
Dr Yuan Li

Postgraduate students

Saeed Asadi
Xiaoying Cao (Shelly)
Antara Dasgupta
Ziyuan Gu
Milad Haghani
Heerbod Jahanbani
Mustafizur Rahaman
Mohammad Sajjad Shafiei
Mahshid Shahrban
Zahra  Shahhoseini
Ashkan Shokri
Ashley Wright
Zeinab Yazdanfar
Mei-Sun Yee

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