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Dr Vivien Rolland

Team Leader, Translational Biology / Joint Leader, MLAI FSP Object Detection Activity


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. Viv is 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). Previously, he has been involved in SynBio efforts to engineer natural cotton fibres with new properties to partially replace fossil-fuel based synthetics, and increase oil content in plant leaves for biotech applications aiming to support a growing global demand.

More broadly, Viv co-leads the Object Detection activity of the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence FSP, a cross-discipline 4-year initiative (2019-2023) 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! As part of this role, Viv leads a cross-discipline team of 10 postdocs and ~50 in-kind staff.

Viv leads the Translational Biology Team and his leadership style is centred 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 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. profile on the Australian Academy of Science website , ABC radio, or media report on Cotton fibres). Viv is particularly interested in promoting and supporting engagement and partnerships with First Nations Peoples and currently supervises Kyah Chewying, a CSIRO Indigenous Cadet.

Scientific editing, peer-reviewing and publishing:
Viv is an Associate Editor for BMC Plant Methods, and he peer-reviews for a range of top-tier journals.
So far, Viv has produced 25 scientific publications (Scopus citations: 719, H-factor=12, Google Scholar citations: 1024, H-factor=13) in The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Current Opinion in Plant Biology, Genome Biology, ISME J, WACV, Developmental Cell, Journal of Experimental Botany, Development, Plant Methods, Plant and Cell Physiology and Plant Direct.
ORCID ID 0000-0002-9232-1287. ResearcherID: O-9126-2015.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Translational Biology

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

  • Leader
    Black Mountain microImaging Centre (BMIC)