Ian Platt

Ian Platt

Principal Scientist

BSc (Hon), PhD (Physics)

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Direct +64 3 325 3748

Email ian.platt@lincolnagritech.co.nz

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Ian started his scientific career as a theoretical physicist studying the propagation of electromagnetic waves in plasmas; he earned a PhD from La Trobe University Australia. Over the intervening 25 years he has been employed as a researcher in this field by the University of Massachusetts (US), the United States Air Force, Telecom Australia, La Trobe University, UK Ministry of Defence (now QinetiQ) and RLM Systems (a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Tenix). Since joining Lincoln Agritech in 2004, much of his work in electromagnetic propagation has revolved around the development of new sensor devices.

He has particular interests in:

  • Time Domain Reflectometry moisture measurement and imaging
  • Structural sensing using Optical Fibres and Time Domain Reflectometry
  • Radar application to remote sensing
  • Stochastic modelling for use in DSP applications

Research Subjects:

  • Moisture measurement
  • Novel sensors
  • Information processing
  • Optical fibre sensors
  • Measurement and instrumentation

Academic and Professional History:

  • Research Scientist, Lincoln Agritech (current)
  • Physics Lecturer, La Trobe University Melbourne Australia (2004).
  • Research Team Leader, RLM Systems (Tenix and Lockheed Martin), Planning and implementation of the Jindalee OTH Radar coordinate registration system (1994 – 2003).
  • Contract Research Scientist, Ministry of Defence (now Qinetiq), United Kingdom, Design of HF radio communications frequency agile systems (1993 – 1994).
  • Research Associate, University of Massachusetts USA, Atmospheric Research (1987 – 1992).

Recent Projects

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Dispersion Errors in Time Domain Reflectometry

Woodhead, I., Platt, I., Rankin, D., Tan, A., Eccleston, k. Jul, 2021

Planar Lens Based on Dielectric Resonators and Printed Continuous Metal Strips

K. W. Eccleston, Y. Zhou, I. G. Platt, I. M. Woodhead and A. E.-C. Tan Dec, 2020

Snow Depth Measurements from an Octo-copter Mounted Radar

Adrian Tan, Josh McCulloch, Wolfgang Rack, Ian Platt, Ian Woodhead Nov, 2020

Evaluation of Backpropagation Reconstruction Algorithm for 3D Microwave Imaging of Body Part Anomalie

Claire Migliaccio, Christian Pichot, Ian Platt, Adrian Tan, Ian Woodhead Jul, 2020

Radar Measurements of Snow Depth Over Sea Ice on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Tan, A. E. C., McCulloch, J., Wolfgang, R., Platt, I., Woodhead, I. Jul, 2020

Matrix-Based Constitutive Parameter and Generalised Surface Effect Retrieval

Eccleston, K.W., Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Tan, A. E. C. Feb, 2020

TRL Assisted Low-loss Negative-Refractive Index Metamaterial Characterization in the Presence of Surface Effects

Eccleston, K.W., Platt, I. G., Woodhead, I., Tan, A. E. C.  Dec, 2019

Cavity Backed Antenna for Microwave Estimation of Grape Bunches in Vineyard

Tan, A., Riding, P., Eccleston, K., Platt, I., Werner, A., Woodhead, I. Dec, 2019

Observations from Radar Scans of Grape Vines Conducted over a Growing Season

Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. G., Jafari, A., Werner, A., Bateman, C., Woodhead, I. M., Fourie, J., Hsiao, J., & Carey, P. Oct, 2019

Identifying Near-Perfect Tunneling in Discrete Metamaterial Loaded Waveguides

Eccleston, K., & Platt, I. Jan, 2019

Effect of Shoot Scattering on a Grape-Yield Radar

Platt, I., Eccleston, K. W., Tan A. E. C., Woodhead, I. Sep, 2018

Wave Interaction with Grape Bunches on Vines

Eccleston, K.W., Platt, I. G., Woodhead, I., Tan, A. E. C.  Aug, 2018

Non-Diffracting Beams for Moisture Measurement

Woodhead, I., Platt, I., Tan, A. E. C., Eccleston, K. W. Jun, 2018

Microwave Measurements of Snow over Sea-Ice in Antarctica

Tan, A. E. C., Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Rack, W., McCulloch, J. Jun, 2018

First application of a newly developed drone radar for snow on sea ice

Rack, W., Tan, A. E. C., McCulloch, J., Platt, I., Eccleston, K., Woodhead, I. Apr, 2018

SAR for Grape Bunch Detection in Vineyards

Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. G., Tan, A. E. C. Feb, 2018

The Design of a UAV Mounted Snow Depth Radar - Results of Measurements on Antarctic Sea Ice

Tan, A. E. C., Riding, P. A., Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I., Woodhead, I. Dec, 2017

Microwave Modeling and Experiments for Non-Destructive Control Improved Quality of fruit

Jawad, H., Lanteri, J., Migliaccio, C., Pichot, C., Platt, I., Tan, A. E. C., Eccleston, K. W., Woodhead, I. Dec, 2017

Fully-Printed S-band SRR/Wire NRI Lens with Reduced Wire Density

Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. G., Tan, A. E.-C., Woodhead, I. M. Oct, 2017

On-irrigator pasture soil moisture sensor

Tan, A. E. C., Richards,S., Platt, I., Woodhead, I. Jan, 2017

Printed NRI Metamaterial Based on Broad-Side-Coupled SRRs and a Thinned Array of Strips

Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. Dec, 2016

A Monte Carlo Approach to Determining Bessel Beam Source Parameters

Woodhead, I., Platt, I., Tan, A. E. C, and Eccleston, K. W. Nov, 2016

Polarization control of aperture coupled circular patch antennas

Tan, A. E., Riding, P. A., Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. G., Woodhead, I. M. Oct, 2016

Imaging and Parameterizing Moisture in Road Sub Course Using Time Domain Reflectometry

Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Harrington, P., Tan, A. E. C. Jun, 2016

Effect of Surface Roughness and Vegetation on the Proximal Soil Moisture Sensor

Tan, A. E. C, Richards, S., Platt, I., Woodhead, I. May, 2016

A Dieletric Model for Composite Aterials

Woodhead, I. M., Platt, I. G., and Tan, A. E. C. May, 2016

Imaging and Parameterizing Moisture in Road Sub Course Using Time Domain Reflectometry

Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Harrington P., Tan, A. E. C. Apr, 2016

Small Scatter Elements for Crack Detection - A Preliminary Investigation Using Simulation

Platt, I., Woodhead, I., Hagedorn, M. Dec, 2015

Imaging Using The Transverse Field of a Parallel Transmission Line

Woodhead, I., Platt, I, Tan, A. E. C. Nov, 2015

Imaging Using the Transverse Field of a Parallel Transmission Line

Woodhead, I., Platt, I., Tan, A. Nov, 2015

Nitrogen fertiliser management with zone characterisation in grazed pasture systems

Woodhead, I. M., Platt, I., Hagedorn, M. Feb, 2015