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Charles Sturt Uni’s new AgriTwins program combines cyber security and agriculture

Charles Sturt University’s new program aims to address agricultural challenges when it comes to AI adoption and security.

Charles Sturt Uni’s new AgriTwins program combines cyber security and agriculture
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Charles Sturt University has announced it will be leading a new project as part of CSIRO’s Next Generation Graduates program.

The university’s Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Futures Institute (AICF) and its Gulbali AgriPark will co-lead a $1.59 million collaborative program called AgroTwins. The program is aimed at helping businesses in the agricultural sector tackle the challenges of machine learning, cyber security, and the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI).

The money will fund a total of 22 student positions, ranging from research students to master’s and PhD students. Alongside the CSIRO, the program will also be supported by four other academic institutions, including the University of NSW and the University of Queensland, and nine industry partners.


Professor Ganna Pogrebna, executive director of the AICF, is proud to be a part of the project.

“This initiative, in collaboration with Gulbali AgriPark and other esteemed stakeholders, represents a jointly funded $1.59 million investment – by CSIRO, industry and partner universities – to take a significant leap in the use of emerging technology in the agricultural sector,” Professor Pogrebna said in a statement.

“AgriTwins is not just a research endeavour; it is a visionary project set to revolutionise sustainable and technologically advanced agriculture in Australia.”

“As we commence this project, we hope that AgriTwins will become a blueprint for the future of sustainable, cyber secure agriculture in Australia and beyond,” Professor Pogrebna said. “We are keen to embark on this collaborative journey and reshape the landscape of agriculture, one innovation at a time, going hand in hand with regional and rural communities.”

Nick Pagett, executive director of the Charles Sturt Gulbali Agripark, said the collaborative project will help keep Australian agriculture both secure and competitive.

“This project is paving the way for a revolution in sustainable and technologically advanced agriculture in Australia,” Pagett said.

“This initiative is not just about research; it’s a commitment to shaping the future of our industry, ensuring a cyber secure and digitally integrated landscape. Together, we are cultivating a competitive edge for Australia in global markets.”

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth has been writing about technology for over 20 years, and has worked for a range of print and online titles in his career. He is enjoying getting to grips with cyber security, especially when it lets him talk about Lego.

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