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Peter Corke

Brief bio

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 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.
He is 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 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.

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).


Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Queensland University of Technology
Gardens Point, S Block 1127
2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
phone: + 61 7 3138 1794
fax: + 61 7 3138 1469

Research Interests

  • 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

Scientific Community Service

Publication list

Where's Peter

  • USA 22/4 to 11/5 (IEEE in NJ, MIT, ICRA)
  • Sydney 21/4 (WCNC panel)
  • LA 30/2 to 2/4 (RSS TPC meeting)
  • Oxford/Portugal 15/2 to 6/3

Things I'm working on this year

Occasional blog

Summer school in Santiago
P1030869.JPG 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.
_dsc1417.jpg 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
IMG_0833.JPG 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.
The book is done
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...
Mikrokopter 3D mapping
Check out latest results with Mikrokopter, Kinect, and ICP for online aerial mapping on YouTube IMGP0394.jpg
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