What do I do?
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, manipulation of objects or driving/piloting a mobile robot on land, air or underwater.
Why vision not GPS? GPS has limitations: there are lots of places it won't work and it only tells where the robot is, not the things the robot needs to deal with. We do all manner of complex tasks without GPS and coordinates using relative position determined by our eyes. 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!
Our research centre, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision, is pushing the envelope in this area – more details at www.roboticvision.org.
You can find lists of my publications in quite a few places. I've published over 400 papers and have over 20,000 citations and h-index > 60.
At QUT I developed "Introduction to Robotics" (EGB339) and "Advanced Robotics" (EGB439) and have taught them several times, as well as "Advanced Control" (ENB458).
I'm really interested in teaching at scale using internet technologies such as MOOCs
I've been working on two MOOCs:
They kick off 16 Feb 2015. More details and registration are here.
- In 2015-16 we ran two six-week MOOCs on the edcast platform: Introduction to Robotics, and Robotic Vision.
- These were university undergraduate-level courses.
- Since 2016 we've migrated a simplified subset of these courses as multi-course programs on the FutureLearn platform
- In 2017 we launched the QUT Robot Academy which has over 200 video lessons (5-10 minute videos) that are the edcast MOOC content. Free to access and available 24x7.
I've been working on two MOOCs: Introduction to Robotics, and Robotic Vision. They kick off 16 Feb 2015. More details and registration are here.
I joined Queensland University of Technology at the start of 2010 as a Professor of Robotic Vision. I'm now also director of the ARC funded Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision. 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.
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.
More bio on my QUT profile page, Wikipedia or my full Vitae (PDF).
See also my YouTube channel, or follow me on Google+ or LinkedIn (sorry, I won't accept invitations unless we've actually met).
School of Electrical Engineering and 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
Professional and Group Associations
Things I'm working on this year
- Teaching EGB439
- Developing more MOOCs for FutureLearn and participating in existing MOOCs
- Launching the Robot Academy
- Updating Robotics Toolbox and Machine Vision Toolbox for MATLAB
- Mid-term review of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
I post a bit on Google+.
Very occasional blog