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John is a Senior Research Engineer currently working across a number of projects in the agriculture and aquaculture space. He has a robotics and sensing background which has been applied loosely in the marine space for a decade. His current focus is on bringing IoT and machine learning to the aquaculture and more broadly agriculture sectors with experience in linking LPWWAN based marine and terrestrial environmental sensing to machine learning to deliver predictive analytics.

He leads CSIRO's mollusc biosensor work developing and using world first field deployable biosensors capable of measuring both physiological and behavioural attributes. He is also leading an Aquaculture project as part of CSIRO’s [Digiscape Future Science Platform] ( This project is focused on the continual optimisation of pond conditions to ensure yield consistency in Black Tiger prawn/shrimp production in Australia.

John has advisory roles on a number of other projects across CSIRO, including a key role in CSIRO's development of smart ear-tags for cattle, as well as engagements with super high intensity shrimp production overseas.

In 2013 John was the Tasmanian state iAward winner for his leadership role in the Biosensor Sense-T project, which also gained a special mention at the national level and was invited to represent Australia at the international awards. In 2007 John received CSIRO’s premiere OH&S award.

Other Interests

He also has a keen interest in robotics and has played an active role in its promotion in Tasmania, being a founding member of both "Robotics Tasmania" and "Robocup Junior Tasmania". In these roles he has enhanced both community awareness and student interest in the field, by managing and promoting the Tasmanian Robocup Junior State finals.

Current Roles

  • project leader
    Aquaculture, sensing, IoT research

Professional Experiences

  • 2007

    Research Engineer

  • 2002-2006

    University ofTasmania

Achievements and Awards

  • 2013-2013

    Tas State Winner


  • 11/2017-5/2019

    FRDC Sentinel Sensors

We have publications by Mr John McCulloch