Peter joined Queensland University of Technology at the start of 2010. He is known for his research in vision-based robot control, field robotics and wireless sensor networks.
He is a fellow of the IEEE, editor-in-chief of the IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine, an officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research, founding and associate editor of the Journal of Field Robotics, founding multi-media editor and editorial board member of the International Journal of Robotics Research, a member of the editorial advisory board of the Springer Tracts on Advanced Robotics series, and recipient of the Qantas/Rolls-Royce and Australian Engineering Excellence awards. He received his 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 he was a senior principal research scientist at CSIRO where he founded the Autonomous Systems laboratory, a 50-person team undertaking research in mining, ground, aerial and underwater robotics, as well as sensor networks. He subsequently led a major cross-organizational "capability platform" in wireless sensor networks.
In addition he has 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).
- Wireless sensor networks and applications
- Robotics and sensor networks for environmental management
- Aerial robots
- Robotics; control architectures, sensor-based control
- Machine vision; stereo, laser range_ndering, algorithms, video-rate processing
- Real-time distributed computer applications
Professional and Group Associations
- IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Elected as Fellow in 2007. Elected to the AdCom (board of governors) in 2008.
- International Federation of Robotics Research (IFRR). Elected as officer in 2009.
Scientific Community Service
- Editor-in-chief of the IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine
- Founding and associate editor of the Journal of Field Robotics
- Founding multi-media editor and editorial board member of the International Journal of Robotics Research
- Member of the editorial advisory board of the Springer Tracts on Advanced Robotics series
- Member of external advisory board for CONET, EU research network on cooperating objects
- Past president of the Australian Robotics and Automation Association
- Region chair, area chair, member of technical committees for major international conferences such as: ICRA, IROS, RSS, Sensys, IPSN
Things I'm working on this year
- ISSNIP 2010, general chair
- REALWSN 2010, TPC chair
- RSS 2010, Area chair
- ICRA 2010, Senior Program committee, chair symposia on robotic vision
- IROS 2010, Oceania region chair, reviewer
- DCOSS 2010, technical program committee
- WUWNET 2010, technical program committee
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Last week I was fortunate to be invited to present some lectures at the IEEE RAS summer school on Robot Vision and Applications. Left to right: Radu Rusu, myself, Andy Davison and Omar Daud (postdoc) at Omar's favourite restaurant.
I gave a talk last week in the Innovation series and tried to bring together some ideas about robots and big picture problems such as population, dependency ratio and climate change. Here is the video and a PDF of the presentation.
I'm at the annual panel of editors meeting (my third). It's a gathering of the editors-in-chief of all IEEE transaction and magazine as well as the IEEE editorial, production and other staff. Interesting things happening in the area of open access, new style journals, improved versions of Xplore and plenty more.
As of today the book is finally done, Oussama Khatib wrote a very nice preface. It ended up at 596 pages of content plus front matter and indices. Hopefully it will be available by IROS but the blurb is already available online.
Now to get the two toolbox code distributions completed, and finish the web site...