Luke Smith

Mr, Doctor of Philosophy Student

  • The University of Western Australia (M006), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Luke is a third year PhD student studying resolution enhancement of geophysical data using deep learning. Luke holds a double major in geology and geophysics from Macquarie University, NSW, and completed a Master of Research at the same institution investigating the use of precision GPS for UAV based geophysics and photogrammetry.

He and his team have twice placed in the Frank Arnott / Next Generation Explorers Award for geoscience data integration and visualisation, taking him to leading conferences including Exploration '17, SEGJ 2018, AEGC 2018, and PDAC 2020.

Following his studies at MQU, he worked 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.

Luke is actively learning data science and data engineering for his machine learning studies, and has developed numerous geoscience programs using Python. He enjoys the challenge of maintaining a variety of computer systems for his research, and hosts his own virtualised servers for programming at home, as well as a wide variety of outdoor pursuits.

Education/Academic qualification

Geophysics, Master of Research, Master of Research, Macquarie University


Award Date: 18 Apr 2018

Geology, Geophysics, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science, Major in Geology, Major in Geophysics, Macquarie University


Award Date: 15 Apr 2016


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