Dr Vivien Rolland

Joint Leader, MLAI FSP Object Detection Activity

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Vivien (Viv) Rolland is a plant microimaging & biotechnology expert with an application-focused mindset, who collaborates across science domains to develop solutions to improve crop value and sustainability. Viv combines three main roles, all gravitating around delivering impact for people and the environment through microimaging, plant biotechnology and machine learning.

Viv leads the Black Mountain microImaging Centre (BMIC), which provides expertise, training, and state-of-the art microimaging capabilities to 100+ users, to enable impactful scientific discoveries for Agriculture.

Viv's science focuses on developing MicroImaging and Synthetic Biology solutions to improve crop value and sustainability. For examples, he is involved in SynBio efforts to engineer natural cotton fibres with new properties to partially replace fossil-fuel based synthetics.
But Viv is also investigating how recent advances in microimaging, image analysis and artificial intelligence can be used to design new ways to investigate crop performance in the field and deliver impact for breeders, scientists and growers (Julius Career Award).

More broadly, Viv co-leads the Object Detection activity of the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence FSP, a cross-discipline multi-year initiative which aims at developing new Machine Learning research to deliver practical solutions to specific needs in 6 Business Units, across domains and scales - from single-cell organisms to radiogalaxies!

Viv's leadership style is centered around creating an inclusive and supportive work environment where diverse talents can thrive. He also enthusiastically shares his passion for science through various science outreach initiatives. For example, Viv teaches plant development lectures at the ANU, engages with students of various ages (e.g. Aboriginal ASSETS program and National Youth Science Forum) and communicates his science with the general public via media streams (e.g. ABC radio, or media report on Cotton fibres).

Scientific publications:
So far, Viv Rolland has produced 17 scientific publications in high quality international journals with, according to ResearcherID, citations amounting to 569 and a H-factor of 10. Viv has published papers in journals such as The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Current Opinion in Plant Biology, Genome Biology, ISME J, Developmental Cell, Journal of Experimental Botany, Development and Plant Direct. ORCID ID 0000-0002-9232-1287. ResearcherID: O-9126-2015.

Current Roles

  • Joint Leader - MLAI FSP Object Detection Activity
    Object Detection - Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Future Science Platform

  • Senior Research Scientist

  • Leader
    Black Mountain microImaging Centre (BMIC)