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QUT's team, a team of undergraduates led by Matthew Dunbabin and with Bruce the boat, came overall third in the first ever RobotX maritime challenge.

Final Standings from Singapore were:

1. MIT/Olin
2. KAIST
3. QUT
4. ERAU
5. National University of Singapore
6. Osaka University

There were three Australian teams, none of the others placed.

The QUT team also won:

  • Best Journal Paper (tied with MIT/Olin)
  • Environment Award.


QUT Robotics Paper Wall

The QUT robotics group has been busy publishing papers across a wide range of conferences and journals over the past few years. Below is an animation of the paper wall from a couple of years ago to the present day, just after the submission deadline for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

Generation Procedure:

  1. Scour through old datasets in the hopes of finding one with shots of the doorway
  2. Take a current photo of all the papers
  3. Run our alignment algorithms
  4. Add labels, re-animate and export to gif

 

 

Multiple PhD positions are available across the Robotics and Autonomous Systems discipline at QUT.
Consult the list of projects and the process for applying on this page: http://tinyurl.com/mve7fnq.
Note that the deadline to apply for a scholarship that starts in 2015 is 30 September 2014.

The lab is organising the 1st QUT Winter School on Robotics and Autonomous Systems on 1-2 July at the Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane.

Undergraduate and Masters students from all over Australia will learn about the latest in robotics research and how to contribute in the future. The event will feature talks by QUT academics as well as 2 prestigious invited speakers from UQ and the University of Sydney.

For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/QUTwinterschool 

 

The CyPhy lab has had 3 papers accepted to the 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems to be held in Chicago in September, including collaborative research with the University of Antwerp.

We're hiring!

The Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision is looking for 16 postdoc fellows across the four labs.  Five for QUT and details can be found here.

The Robotic Vision Centre of Excellence has just been featured in The Australian newspaper. Click on the thumbnail to access a larger version.

The CyPhy lab has had 12 papers accepted to the 2014 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, to be held in Hong Kong in May, 2014. We are also co-chairs of three workshops that have been accepted to the conference.

New ARC Centre of Excellence

QUT is leading a new ARC Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision, with partners U. Adelaide, ANU and Monash.  Overseas partners are Oxford, Imperial, ETH, INRIA and Georgia Tech.  Some details on the round can be found on the ARC website.

FSR2013 is over

We've just finished hosting a very successful Field and Service Robotics Conference here at QUT, jointly organised with CSIRO.  We held the meeting in the forum, in the round, with the presenter in the middle surrounded by the audience.  It worked really well.

 

The next meeting in this series will be June 2015 in Toronto.

PhD student Zetao Chen has won the inaugural Ray Jarvis best paper award at the 2013 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation for the paper:

"Towards Bio-inspired Place Recognition over Multiple Spatial Scales," Zetao Chen, Adam Jacobson, Ugur Murat Erdem, Michael Hasselmo and Michael Milford

This paper was a collaborative paper led by QUT with neuroscientists at Boston University. The award has been established in memory of Emeritus Professor Ray Jarvis, a pioneer in Australian robotics.

The lab also had two other best paper finalists:

Best Student Paper Finalist:

"Towards Bio-inspired Place Recognition over Multiple Spatial Scales," Zetao Chen, Adam Jacobson, Ugur Murat Erdem, Michael Hasselmo and Michael Milford

Best Paper Finalist:

"Towards Condition-Invariant, Top-Down Visual Place Recognition," Michael Milford, Walter Scheirer, Eleonora Vig and David Cox

This paper was a result of collaborative work led by QUT with computer vision and neuroscience researchers at Harvard University.

IROS2013 Best Paper Award

Our lab director Peter Corke has jointly won the IROS2013 Best Paper Award for his paper: "Dealing with Shadows: Capturing Intrinsic Scene Appearance for Image-based Outdoor Localisation" in conjunction with his co-authors Rohan Paul, Winston Churchill and Paul Newman. Congratulations guys!  Congratulations also to Maxime Meilland and Andrew Comport as joint winners.

We're looking to grow the team.  All details about the positions are here.

11 ACRA Papers Accepted

The CyPhy lab has had 11 papers (only 10 visible in photo) accepted to the 2013 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA), including mostly student-led papers and several international collaborative papers. Well done to all involved and see you in Sydney in December!

Robotronica - Guiabot navigating in a crowded space

Over 20K people visited the QUT Robotronica 18-08-2013... many passing through P-Block to escort the Guiabot as it roamed around level 4 all day.

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJgDB3nu4zs

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