Dr Richard Mather


Associate Professor

School of Business, Law and Computing


Richard Mather is an Associate Professor in the School of Business, Law and Computing. He holds postgraduate qualifications in software engineering (MSc, Oxford) and in environmental and forestry sciences (DPhil, Oxford; MSc, UCNW). Richard’s ongoing research activity is concerned with geospatial sciences and pedagogy for computer sciences.

This has most recently been funded by HEFCE (now OfS) and ACARP (the Australian Coal Association Research Program). His pedagogic research and PhD supervision include adaptive assessment practices, technologies and collaborative behaviours for learning computer science subjects. Richard also works with colleagues to evaluate and develop new approaches to deliver modules using cross-disciplinary industry briefs that authentically replicate the workplace.

For the past 25 years Richard has provided geospatial services to education, governments and industry concerning the development and use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing for environmental management and monitoring. In 2010 he was awarded The Institution of Analysts and Programmers Prize for Software Engineering after developing a system to automate vegetation mapping from aerial imagery. He continues his geospatial research working in partnership with the mining industries and in Higher Education in Australia.

His current research and development work is concerned with the software automation of workflows for processing remotely sensed data (that captured by satellites, aircraft and UAVs), with a specific emphasis on applying machine learning and statistical techniques for recording vegetation condition in biodiverse communities. Richard’s geospatial project outputs provide a rich source of case studies for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.