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Peter Corke

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

  • Steve Martin is working on planning and control for very high speed driving.
  • Inkyu Sa is working on navigation and mapping for a quadrotor flying robot.


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

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.

Professional and Group Associations

Scientific Community Service


Check out my papers on QUT ePrints server (still far from complete), DBLP and ResearcherID.

Some things I worked on last year

Things I'm working on this year

Where's Peter

  • Taipai, 15/10 to 18/10
  • China-Germany, 3/8 to 20/8
  • 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

Very 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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