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Dr Eric Lehmann

Research Scientist


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Research Scientist / Engineer with CSIRO Data61's Remote Sensing and Image Integration team, with expertise in: image and (digital) signal processing; Bayesian modelling, analysis, inference and learning; sequential Monte Carlo methods (particle filters); statistical data analysis, statistical spatial modelling, and data fusion methods; real-time systems; high-performance / parallel computing and numerical simulation methods (Markov Chain Monte Carlo); data cube technologies for archival and processing of remote sensing data.

Significant experience in the following application domains: environmental mapping / monitoring using remote sensing data (optical, radar and sonar); environmental and climate modelling (vegetation, water resources, extreme weather events); room acoustics modelling; speech processing and enhancement; microphone / sensor arrays; dynamic target tracking.

Other skills: fluent in English, French and German; proficient with several coding / programming languages (C/C++, Matlab, R, Python, Assembler, batch scripting, etc.); coding for high-performance / parallel implementations; excellent written / oral communication skills; excellent problem solving and learning skills.

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Other Interests

I am interested in applying my knowledge of signal processing and statistical techniques to various fields of scientific research (e.g. robotics, sensor networks, biomedical engineering / imaging, finance, etc.) and gaining new skills in the process (e.g. machine learning, programming languages, new application domains, etc.). Essentially, I am passionate about working on applied and challenging engineering / scientific problems as part of a dynamic and creative research and development team.

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist
    Biosecurity monitoring: Computational Platforms (Health & Biosecurity)

  • Research Scientist
    Habitat Condition Assessment System (HCAS)

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    Sythetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data cube

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    Digiscape: Uncertainty Analytics Toolbox

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    NSW Biodiversity Baseline Assessment

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    Inland Water Quality Project

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    Northern Australia Water Resources Assessment (NAWRA)

  • Past role -- Project leader
    Weather and Climate Extremes (CAF Theme 1155)

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    AR&R spatial modelling of rainfall extremes (CAF Theme 1155)

  • Past role -- Project leader
    Earth Observation Informatics: Blending methodologies for multiple Earth Observation products

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    Water Information Research and Development Alliance (WIRADA)

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    International Forest Carbon Initiative (IFCI)

  • Past role -- Research Scientist
    National Carbon Accounting System (NCAS) & Trends product

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    Ph.D. Engineering (Signal Processing)
    Australian National University, Canberra

  • 2000

    M.Phil. Engineering (Signal Processing)
    Australian National University, Canberra

  • 1999

    Dipl. El.-Ing. ETH (M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering)
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ)

Professional Experiences

  • 2008-present

    Research Scientist / Engineer
    CSIRO, Canberra ACT (Perth WA until 2015)

  • 2005-2008

    Research Fellow
    Western Australian Telecommunications Research Institute (WATRI), Perth

  • 07/2005-10/2005

    Research Engineer
    National ICT Australia (NICTA), Canberra

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017-2017

    Data61 Certificate of Appreciation
    CSIRO, Data61

  • 2016-2016

    CSIRO Corporate Citizen Award

  • 2016-2016

    CSIRO Medal for Impact from Science -- awarded to the WIRADA Team

  • 2011-2011

    CSIRO non-cash award (organisation of CMIS Divisional Conference 2011)

  • 2008-2008

    CMIS Partnership Excellence Award (as part of the Terrestrial Mapping and Monitoring team)

  • 2001-2004

    ANU Ph.D. Scholarship, ANU Tuition Fee Scholarship (externally funded)
    Australian National University

  • 1999-2000

    ANU Master Degree Scholarship, ANU Tuition Fee Scholarship (externally funded)
    Australian National University

Other highlights

  • Jan. 2015

    Publication in Nature Climate Change

  • June 2014

    Invitation to take part in GFOI’s R&D planning activities

  • July 2013

    Invitation by NASA to serve on a peer review panel for proposals to a NASA Terrestrial Ecology research announcement

  • April 2013

    Invitation to serve on the CMIS Divisional Awards Committee


  • 02/2013-06/2013

    EOI TCP project "Blending methodologies for multiple Earth Observation products"

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-present

    Partnered with Canberra High School as part of the STEM Professionals in Schools program

  • 2018-present

    Mentor for Data61 staff as part of the Data61 Mentoring program

  • 2015-present

    HSE Representative on the local HSE committee

  • 2011-2011

    Member of organisational committee, CMIS Divisional Conference, Gold Coast

  • 2009-present

    Member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

  • 2005-present

    Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society

  • 2002-present

    Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


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