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Dr David Ball | Research Fellow | School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Science and Engineering Faculty | Queensland University of Technology  

phone: + 61 7 3138 9973 | fax: + 61 7 3138 1469  | email:

Gardens Point, S Block 1107 | 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 | CRICOS No. 00213J

My research focus is on practical robotic solutions for the real world. My primary project is the designing robot solutions to solve problems faced in agriculture. I am currently working on robot solutions for agriculture currently as a chief investigator on the QLD DAF "Strategic Investment in Farm Robotics" project and previously as a researcher on the ARC Linkage Robotics for Zero Tillage project. These are looking at replacing large, heavy manned tractors with small, light autonomous robots to increase productivity and reduce impact on the environment. I am also part of the Skippy robot kangaroo project, OpenRatSLAM system, and wireless recording system.

In my previous position I worked on the Thinking System project which investigated navigation through real and conceptual spaces. In this project I led the iRat (Intelligent Rat Animat Technology) project, designed a flight arena for Bees, a wireless neural recording system for Rats and worked on the robot navigation systems.

Before that, during my PhD, I led the RoboRoos, a RoboCup soccer team that competed in the RoboCup Small Size League in the USA, Japan, Italy, and Portugal.


Complete list available from Google Scholar


D Ball, R Kliese, F Windels, C Nolan, P Stratton, P Sah, J Wiles, "Rodent Scope: A User-Configurable Digital Wireless Telemetry System for Freely Behaving Animals", PLOS ONE, 2014

D Ball, S Heath, J Wiles, G Wyeth, P Corke and M Milford, “OpenRatSLAM: an open source brain-based SLAM system”,Autonomous Robots, 2013.

D Ball, P Ross, J Wall and R Chow, "A novel energy efficient controllable stiffness joint", International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2013. [pdf]

S Heath, D Ball, R Schulz, J Wiles, "Communication between Lingodroids with different cognitive capabilities", International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2013.

G Taylor, T Luu, D Ball, M Srinivasan, "Vision and air flow combine to streamline flying honeybees", Scientific reports 3, Nature Publishing Group, 2013

P Ross, A English, D Ball, B Upcroft, G Wyeth, P Corke, "A novel method for analysing lighting variance", Proceedings of Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2013

A English, D Ball, P Ross, B Upcroft, G Wyeth, P Corke, "Low Cost Localisation for Agricultural Robotics," Proceedings of Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2013


ARC Linkage "Robotics for zero-tillage agriculture"


Wireless digital neural telemetry system for freely behaving small animals

Skippy, the robot kangaroo

iRat - Intelligent Rat Animat Technology


Material for ENB329

Guest lecture material for ENB229.

Unit coordinator for ENB458/ENN580 public blackboard

RHD Students

Owen Bawden

Patrick Ross

Andrew English

Jasmin James

Scott Heath (associate)

Gavin Taylor (associate)

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