Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:37

Eureka Prize awarded to Sydney Uni robotics engineer


Professor Salah Sukkarieh, an engineer from the University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science.

The prize, an annual award by the Australian Museum, was presented to Prof Sukkarieh at a dinner on Wednesday held at the Sydney Town Hall.

The Eureka Prizes are meant to reward achievements in  scientific research and innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism and communication.

Prof Sukkarieh is the director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney. 

He is also the director for the Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation and the Horticulture Innovation Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, leads a project on smart farming systems for nutrition at the Charles Perkins Centre and also heads a project on nanorobotics at the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.


The award citation said he had "significantly advanced the fundamentals of autonomous systems science and his research has provided impactful solutions to barriers in important large-scale engineering operations across various industries. 

"His key technological breakthroughs have included developing better navigation systems for aerial and ground robotics, better prediction of fuel consumption for flight systems, developing better environmental management tools and more."

Prof Sukkarieh and his team at the ACFR are working with Australian farmers to help grow their crops in smarter and more efficient ways. 

"By using robotic devices to assess, maintain and ultimately harvest crops, they are improving food sustainability while battling the effects of climate change," the statement said.

“I am honoured, humbled and very pleased to have won the award," Prof Sukkarieh said. "This award is as much a reflection of the dedication and support of the people around me – from my team, through to the Faculty of Engineering and Information and Technologies and the University of Sydney, and to my family."

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said the awards revealed the creative side of fundamental and applied research.

“In order to break new ground, we need to unlearn what we think we know and embrace what is new – that is what the Eureka prizes are all about. I am very proud of Prof Sukkarieh, who has gained due recognition for his outstanding research," Dr Spence said.

Photos: courtesy University of Sydney

Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here


It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site and prominent Newsletter promotion and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinatrs and campaigns and assassistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.


Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous