Hoa Nguyen, mentee in the 2018 Energy-Minerals Resources program in SA (The University of Adelaide)

Hoa Nguyen received his B.E degree with summa cum laude at the Portland State University, Oregon, U.S.A in 2012. He worked as a process engineer, and then as a data science engineer at Intel Products Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam from 2012-2016. He has been working as a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science, the University of Adelaide since 2016. His current research interests include multi radio-tagged targets tracking, signal processing, Bayesian filtering and estimation, and planning applications using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

His main research is to autonomously search, localise and track multiple radio-tagged wildlife using UAVs. Arguably, UAV is one of the emerging disruptive technologies of the 21st century that has provided new possibilities to study the habitats and behaviours of endangered species through an efficient gathering of location information at spatiotemporal granularities not possible with traditional manual survey methods. This is necessary for addressing numerous environmental challenges ranging from invasive species to diseases spread by animals and saving endangered species from extinction. Automated tracking and location of wildlife with UAVs can provide new possibilities to better understand the ecology and our native wildlife to safeguard biodiversity and manage our natural resources cost-effectively.

His research work on locating radio-tags in a 3D space was presented at Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation in Canterbury, New Zealand in December 2018. Notably, his main work about real-time localisation and tracking of multiple radio-tagged animals using a UAV was published in the Journal of Field Robotics in January 2019.

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