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Luke Smith

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building - Room 104
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

0416 751 985


Luke graduated from Macquarie University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Geology and Geophysics. He then completed a Master of Research at the same institution, investigating the use of precision GPS positioning and magnetic gradiometry for a UAV platform. During this time, he competed in the Frank Arnott Award, an international competition on data integration and visualisation where he and his team placed third in the apprentice category for their use of Self Organising Maps with Broken Hill exploration data.

Following his studies, Luke worked for a year as an Earth Observation Satellite consultant in a small company providing services to scientific institutes and government space agencies such as Geoscience Australia, NASA, JAXA, and ESA. His role included application development and testing for the Open Data Cube and Digital Earth Australia, database maintenance for the CEOS Missions, Instruments and Measurements database, and administrative support to international meetings and conferences.

His experience in geology, geophysics, programming, and machine learning will culminate in his PhD under Eun-Jung Holden, Daniel Wedge, and Tom Horrocks at the CET, where he will be investigating the use of machine learning techniques to enhance the resolution of geophysical rasters.

Luke Smith