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GRASP Special Seminar – Hugh Durrant-Whyte, National ICT Australia (NICTA), “Fifteen Years of Field Robotics in Australia”

April 11, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Abstract: Australia is a large, sparsely populated, resource rich country a long way
from anywhere; and is consequently the ideal place to do field robotics. The
past decade has seen substantial technical development and investment in large
scale field robotics, especially in civilian applications such as cargo
handling, mining, agriculture and marine environments; applications which are
of central importance to the Australian economy. This talk will describe a
number of technical advances in the areas of navigation, perception, machine
learning, large platform control, and systems engineering that have enabled substantial
progress in the “science” of field robotics and which have led to significant
commercial applications.  The talk will
also aim to look forward to the next decade, especially focusing on the
development of machine learning methods for real-time operation of robots in
large-scale unstructured field environments and where the opportunities for
future commercial developments will come from.


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Hugh Durrant-Whyte received the B.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from
the University of London, U.K., in 1983, and the M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees, both
in Systems Engineering, from the University
of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in 1985 and 1986,
respectively. From 1987 to 1995, he was a University Lecturer in Engineering
Science, the University of Oxford, U.K. From 1995-2010 he was Professor of
Mechatronic Engineering at University
of Sydney where he led
the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). He is currently CEO of NICTA. His
research focuses data fusion, perception and navigation as applied to robotics
and sensor networks. His work in applications includes automation in cargo
handling, surface and underground mining, defence, unmanned flight vehicles and
autonomous sub-sea vehicles. He has published over 350 research papers and has
won numerous awards and prizes for his work. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), a Fellow of the Australian Academy
of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).


April 11, 2011
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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