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Dr Philip Valencia

Team Leader


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Dr Philip Valencia is the Embedded Intelligence Team Leader at CSIRO’s Data61 Cyber Physical Systems Program, Brisbane, Australia. He has extensive experience in developing low power platforms and logic for both scientific and commercial solutions that require real-time tracking, physiological and behavioural sensing, embedded classification and distributed logic on embedded devices. He is a key coordinator and contributor to numerous projects including recent commercial outcomes with Ynomia (BLE-based asset tracking for Construction industry) and the next generation Ceres Tag cattle ear tags with direct satellite communications. He has coauthored several patents (see below) and technologies generating significant market capital (~$100M) and been closely involved with the successful transfer of technologies into 4 Australian companies.
Philip holds degrees (QUT) in Engineering (Electronic) and IT (Computer Science) and received his PhD (UQ) for “In situ Distributed Genetic Programming: An Online Learning Framework for Resource Constrained Networked Devices”. He holds a UQ Honorary Lecturer position and supervises students on a regular basis. His publications include 4 book chapters, 50+ peer reviewed publications, 2800+ citations, and a h-index of 21 and i10-index of 33 (Google Scholar) and a recent Nature: Machine Intelligence publication (2019). He is a recipient of the CSIRO Julius Career Award (2020), CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award (2019) and CSIRO Medal for Environmental Achievement (2011).
Philip currently coordinates various (multi-million dollar) projects through his leadership roles towards achieving embedded intelligence, trust and provenance for industry (agrifood supply chains, construction and aerospace), and into research projects spanning across various science disciplines. His current research aims to develop an Embedded Intelligence software platform that unifies embedded machine learning, edge computing, blockchain and trust technologies, robotics and regulation technology for a system that demonstrates a distributed digital intelligence to support and augment human capabilities.

Other Interests

* P Valencia, N Heaney, "Object monitoring system", US Patent App. 16/951,577 (2021), US Patent 10,859,662 (2020), AU2019213347 (2020) - Licensed by Ynomia
* A Ingham, A Rahman, D Smith, G Bishop-Hurley, P Valencia, P Greenwood. "System for monitoring pasture intake". WO2017210740A1 (2017) - Licensed by Ceres Tag
* A Tews, P Valencia, “Pest Deterrent System”, TW9039/WO, US Patent App. 16/315,022 (2019), AU2016902680 (2017) - Used by Olam Group for VPDaD Elephant deterrent
* C Lee, M Reed, T Wark, C Crossman, P Valencia. "Control device, and method, for controlling the location of an animal”, US Patent 9,107,395 (2015) - Licensed by Gallagher (Agersens)
* K Ellis, A Wright, J O’Keefe, L Overs, P Valencia, D Paull, C McSweeney, "A system, method and device for measuring a gas in the stomach of a mammal”, PCT/AU2012/000784, CN103930763A, EP2729787A1, AU 2012278918, US20150031963, WO2013003892A1 (2015) - Demonstrated with intra-rumen gas sensing
* C Lee, M Reed, T Wark, C Crossman, P Valencia, "Control device, and method, for controlling the location of an animal”, US Patent 9,107,395 (2015), PCT/AU2009/000943, EP2312940A1, US20120111286, WO2010009509A1 (2010) - Licensed by Gallagher (Agersens)
* P Valencia, R Jurdak, "A dynamically controlled learning system”, PCT/AU2010/001326, WO 2011041846 A1 (2011)

Current Roles

  • Team Leader - Embedded Intelligence
    Team Leader within Distributed Sensing Systems -

  • Project Leader - Continuous Assurance
    CSIRO Trusted Agrifood Exports Mission

  • Technology Coordinator
    CSIRO Smart Tags for Sites of the Future

  • IoT Cluster Leader
    Distributed Sensing Systems -

Academic Qualifications

  • 2016

    Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Queensland

  • 2001

    Bachelor of Information Technology (Computing Science)
    Queensland University of Technology

  • 2001

    Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Electronics)
    Queensland University of Technology

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-2019

    Senior Research Engineer
    CSIRO Data61, Brisbane

  • 2004-2014

    Research Engineer - Wireless Sensor Networks
    CSIRO ICT Centre, Brisbane

  • 2001-2004

    Research Projects Officer
    CSIRO Telecommunications and Industrial Physics, Sydney

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2020

    Julius Career Award

  • 2019-2019

    CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award

  • 2011-2011

    CSIRO Environmental Achievement Medal