My book was published this year, visit its website.
Looking for PhD students
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
- 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.
- Liam O'Sullivan is working on high-performance vision-based quadcopter control.
- Ugo Fabrizi is working on persistent visual navigation.
Past students and theses:
- Peter Hansen Wide-baseline keypoint detection and matching with wide-angle images ...
- Kane Usher Visual homing for a car-like vehicle
- Jasmine Banks Reliability analysis of transform-based stereo matching techniques
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
- 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 a board member in 2009.
Scientific Community Service
- Editor-in-chief of the IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine
- Founding multi-media editor and editorial board member of the International Journal of Robotics Research
- Founding and associate editor of the Journal of Field Robotics
- Member of the editorial advisory board of the Springer Tracts on Advanced Robotics series
- Member of external advisory board for CONET, the 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
- my papers on QUT ePrints server (many available for download)
- Google Scholar citations
- BibServer display
- Microsoft Academic Search
My Erdos number is at most 4.
Erdos -> Subbarao -> Vidyasagar -> (Spong|Hutchinson) -> me (Illinois path)
Erdos -> Noga Alon -> Erik Demain -> Daniela Rus -> me (MIT path)
Some things I worked on 2011
- VicoMotor workshop at ICRA 2011
- RSS workshop on Integrated Planning and Control
- ICRA 2011 video paper award
- CONET 2011 program committee member
- FSR 2011 program committee member
- IPSN 2011 TPC member
- ACM Sensys 2011 TPC member
- IROS 2011, Interactive session cochair
- ISRR 2011, region chair, officer of IFRR
- 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
- ISSNIP 2010
- REALWSN 2010, TPC chair
- ECHORD reviewer (EU project on robotic development)
- 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
Things I'm working on this year
- FSR 2012 field and service robotics, program committee
- NICTA computer vision summer school invited lecture
- EWSN 2012 invited keynote talk
- IROS 2012 workshops and tutorials co-chair
- ROBIO 2012 general co-chair
- ICRA 2013 program co-chair
This semester I'm teaching the machine vision part of ENB339 in weeks 9 through 12.
The calendar below contains my current planned/possible overseas travel.