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My book was published this year, visit its website.

Looking for PhD students


Right now I am looking for potential PhD students in the areas of text recognition for robots, and long-term (persistent) navigation for robots.
Contact me if you are interested.

Why am I here?

I am interested in how robots can use the sense of vision to accomplish a broad range of tasks. These might range from recognizing places or text in the world to dynamic tasks. An example of a visual dynamic task is something like hand-eye coordination, and for a robot it might be visual control of flying or driving or manipulation of objects.

Why vision? Nature has invented the eye ten different times so it must be an effective sensor for doing a diverse range of tasks. Vision sensors and computing power are getting cheaper and cheaper. Now is the time to be doing vision for robotics!

Some specific topics of interest include:

  • The use of visual information for controlling robot motion, a technique known as visual servoing.
  • Very wide field-of-view cameras based on fisheye lens and lens/mirror (catadioptric) optical systems.
  • Optical flow, how images from a moving robot can be used to infer the world's 3D structure and the robot's motion
  • Computer architectures for implementing computer vision algorithms in real time
  • Stereo vision, using information from one or more cameras to create the 3D world structure.
  • Vision processing within networks of cameras.

and in the non-vision category:

  • Wireless sensor networks and applications, particularly environmental management
  • The combination with robotics to create mobile sensing systems
  • Aerial robots
  • Robotics; control architectures, sensor-based control
  • Real-time distributed computer applications

My students

Past students and theses:



School of Electrical Engineering Systemsand Computer Science
Queensland University of Technology
Gardens Point, S Block 1127
Street: 2 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA 4000
Postal: PO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA 4001
phone: + 61 7 3138 1794
fax: + 61 7 3138 1469

Brief bio

I joined Queensland University of Technology at the start of 2010. I'm known for my research in vision-based robot control, field robotics and wireless sensor networks.
I received a B.Eng and M.Eng.Sc. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, all from the University of Melbourne. I am a fellow of the IEEE, editor-in-chief of the IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine, and recipient of the Qantas/Rolls-Royce and Australian Engineering Excellence awards.

Prior to QUT I was a senior principal research scientist at CSIRO where I founded the Autonomous Systems laboratory, a 50-person team undertaking research in mining, ground, aerial and underwater robotics, as well as sensor networks. I subsequently led a major cross-organizational "capability platform" in wireless sensor networks.

I have held visiting positions at the GRASP laboratory at U.Pennsylvania (1988-9), U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999), Robotics Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University (2003), and the Mobile Robotics Group at Oxford University (2009).

More bio on my QUT profile page, Wikipedia  or my full Vitae (PDF).

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Erdos number

My Erdos number (¿s_number) is at most 4. is no more than 4. The paths that I know about are:

  • Erdos -> Subbarao -> Vidyasagar -> (Spong|Hutchinson) -> me (Illinois path)
  • Erdos -> Noga Alon -> Erik Demain -> Daniela Rus -> me (MIT path)

Some things I worked on in 2013

Some things I worked on in 2012

Some things I worked on 2011

Getting my book out the door, the writing is over, now its the code and the web site (stay tuned)

Some things I worked on 2010



I post a bit on Google+.

Very occasional blog


Things I'm working on this year


This semester I'm teaching the machine vision part of ENB339 in weeks 9 through 12.

Where's Peter

The calendar below contains my current planned/possible overseas travel.

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