My name is Michael Mckay, I am currently completing my masters degree with dissertation at UWA. After completing my undergraduate degree at Curtin University, I wanted to get into the field of Bioinformatics as it was an exciting new field of development particularly in my interest area of genetics. My dissertation project is training deep learning models to perform image segmentation to recognise agricultural crop species, in my case canola, in order to map weeds in fields. The project offered a unique approach as it targets crop structures rather than weed structures, increasing its versatility of application in precision agriculture technologies.
Areas of Interest: Genetics, Bioinformatics, Deep-learning, Data Science, Agriculture, Aquaculture
July 2021 to present: Master of Bioinformatics at the University of Western Australia (Australia). Supervised by Prof. David Edwards and Dr. Monica Danilevicz January 2020 to November 2020: Honours in Biomedical Science in collaboration with CSIRO, Investigating Manganese oxidating organisms and their impact on desirable earth elements. 2017 to 2019: Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology at Curtin University