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Prof. Dr. Chris McCool


Prof. Dr.
Chris McCool

Agricultural engineering and -robotics

Institute of Agricultural Engineering (ILT)

Nußallee 5, 53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-2368

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Chris McCool was appointed as a Professor at the University of Bonn within the Faculty of Agriculture in February, 2019. He was previously a Senior Researcher within the Robotics and Autonomous Systems group at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.

He received his PhD with the Speech, Audio, Image and Video Technologies (SAIVT) group at QUT in 2007. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Idiap Research Institute (Switzerland) developing state-of-the-art face recognition techniques capable of running on mobile phones. He then returned to Australia to join the National ICT of Australia in an initiative for Environmental Computer Vision. In 2014, he rejoined QUT where he worked on Agricultural Robotics and was a key member in the development of two agricultural robots AgBot II and Harvey. He has a particular interest in applied image classification, computer vision, pattern recognition and their application to robots and autonomous systems that can use this information to take action in challenging environments such as agriculture.




Prof. Dr.
Jakob Rhyner

Global Change and
Systemic Risks

Faculty of Agriculture

Meckenheimer Allee 172, 53115 Bonn

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JSince December 2018, Jakob Rhyner is professor for Global Change and Systemic Risks the Faculty of Agriculture and Scientific Director of the Innovation Campus Bonn, a joint project with the Center of Development Research (ZEF), United Nation University (UNU-EHS), University of Applied Science (FH Bonn Rhein-Sieg), the German Development Institute (DIE) and the International Center for Conversion (BICC).

In 1988 he received a PhD in theoretical physics from ETH Zurich and then joined the industrial research center of ABB Ltd., where he was active in the modelling of electrical networks and components. In 2001 he moved to the Swiss Institute for Snow- and Avalanche Research in Davos, as head head of the department Avalanche Warning and Risk Management From 2006 he was head of the institute. 2011 he changed to the United Nation University of Bonn, as vice rector and director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security.

His research interests lies in the field of risk and sustainability.

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