ACRVmissionStatement

The Centre is an unincorporated collaborative venture with funding of $25.6m over seven years to pursue an ambitious research agenda tackling the critical and complex challenge of applying robotics in the real world. $19m in public funding has been contributed from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence program. To create the Centre we have assembled an interdisciplinary research team from four leading Australian research universities Queensland University of Technology (QUT), The University of Adelaide (UoA), The Australian National University (ANU), and Monash University as well as NICTA (previously known as National ICT Australia Ltd), and overseas universities and research organisations including INRIA Rennes Bretagne, Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and the University of Oxford.

 

The Centre will create and nurture the next generation of research talent — training those who are just beginning a research career, and embedding research and innovative talent within industry. The Centre will help secure the future of our economy and build sustainable partnerships across the research sector and public and private enterprises.

 

Already our Centre has:

  • created an underwater robot that culls crown of thorns starfish – addressing an impending ecological crisis, without the cost and risk involved in using human divers;
  • created an agricultural robot that can see the difference between weeds and crops and apply the correct dose of the correct herbicide precisely on the weed – potentially reducing herbicide usage by 70%;
  • created a fruit picking robot that picks the right fruit the right way every time 24×7;
  • earned 1st place in the international Pascal visual object classes (VOC) challenge;
  • earned 6th place in the international Amazon Picking challenge using vision to compete against 15 other research groups to complete a robotics task;
  • launched free global university level courses in robotic vision – over 30,000 students from 100 countries have taken the courses so far;
  • held a series of robotic vision workshops at both robotics and computer vision conferences to raise the profile of this new field; and
  • been active in the debate about robots, jobs and society.

 

Centre Objectives:

  • Create robots that see and understand their environment;
  • Do internationally impactful science;
  • Establish a vibrant national/international robotic vision community;
  • Develop the next generation of robotic vision experts;
  • Transform industry and generate wealth for the community;
  • Increase educational opportunities in robotic vision at high school, undergraduate and postgraduate level;
  • Foster innovation, entrepreneurship and new enterprises that convert research into useful products and services;
  • Connect research organisations, governments, industry, and the private sector to build critical mass in robotic vision;
  • Breakdown the barriers that exist to female participation in computer science and engineering, and encourage general community engagement with STEM;
  • Engage with people about robotic and vision technologies and the impact these technologies will have on society and the way we work.

 

Research Themes

 

History of the Centre

 

Centres of Excellence

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory agency responsible for funding excellent research and research training, and manages the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) funding basic and applied research across all disciplines. ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers collaboratively maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority. ARC Centres of Excellence involve significant collaboration allowing outstanding research to be supported by the complementary research resources of universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and industry.

Name Location Role
Zongyuan GeQUTPhD Candidate
Zhibin LiaoUniversity of AdelaidePhD Candidate
Zetao “Jason” ChenQUTPhD Candidate
Yuchao JiangUniversity of AdelaidePhD Candidate
Yi “Joey” ZhouANUPhD Candidate
Yasir LatifUniversity of AdelaideResearch Fellow
Yan ZouMonashPhD Candidate
Xiaoqin WangMonashPhD Candidate
Will ChamberlainQUTPhD Candidate
Viorela IlaANUResearch Fellow
Vincent LuiMonashPhD Candidate
Vijay KumarUniversity of AdelaideResearch Fellow
Trung Than PhamUniversity of AdelaideResearch Fellow
Tristan PerezQUTAssociate Investigator
Tracy KellyQUTFinance & Administration Officer
Tong ShenUniversity of AdelaidePhD Candidate
Tom DrummondMonash UniversityChief Investigator
Tim MacugaQUTCommunications and Media Officer
Thuy MaiUniversity of AdelaideNode Administration Officer
Thanuja DharmasiriMonashPhD Candidate
Tat-Jun ChinUniversity of AdelaideAssociate Investigator
Sue KeayQUTChief Operating Officer
Stephen GouldANUChief Investigator
Sourav GargQUTPhD Candidate
Sean McMahonQUTPhD Candidate
Sareh ShiraziQUTResearch Fellow
Sarah AllenQUTNode Administration Officer, PA to Centre Director Professor Peter Corke
Ruth SchulzQUTResearch Fellow
Ross CrawfordQUTAssociate Investigator
Rodrigo Santa CruzANUPhD Candidate
Rob MahonyANUChief Investigator
Richard HartleyANUChief Investigator
Riccardo SpicaANUPhD Candidate
Qinfeng ShiUniversity of AdelaideAssociate Investigator
Philip TorrOxfordPartner Investigator
Peter KujalaQUTPhD Candidates
Peter CorkeQUTCentre Director
Peter AndersonANUPhD Candidate
Paul NewmanOxfordPartner Investigator
Niko SuenderhaufQUTResearch Fellow
Mike BradyOxfordCentre Advisory Committee
Michelle SimmonsUNSWCentre Advisory Committee
Michael MilfordQUTChief Investigator
Matt DunbabinQUTAssociative Investigators
Markus EichQUTResearch Fellow
Marc PollefeysETH ZurichPartner Investigator
Mandyam SrinivasanUniversity of QueenslandCentre Advisory Committee
Luis Mejias AlvarezQUTAssociate Investigator
Lin WuUniversity of AdelaideResearch Fellow
Laurent KneipANUAssociative Investigators
Khurrum AftabMonash UniversityResearch Fellow
Kate AldridgeQUTCentre Administrative Coordinator
Juxi LeitnerQUTResearch Fellow
Juan AdarveANUPhD Candidate
Jonghyuk KimANUAssociate Investigator
Jonathan RobertsQUTChief Investigator
John SkinnerQUTPhD Candidate
Jochen TrumpfANUAssociate Investigator
Jeffrey DevarajQUTPhD Candidate
Jason FordQUTAssociate Investigator
Jae-Hak KimUniversity of AdelaideResearch Fellow
Inkyu SaQUTResearch Fellow
Ian ReidUniversity of AdelaideDeputy Director
Hui LiUniversity of AdelaidePhD Candidate
Hugh Durrant-WhyteUniversity of SydneyCentre Advisory Committee
Hongdong LiANUChief Investigator
Gustavo CarneiroUniversity of AdelaideChief Investigator
Guosheng LinUniversity of AdelaideResearch Fellow
Greg LeeQUTExternal Engagement Coordinator
Gordon WyethQUTChief Investigator
Frank DellaertOxfordPartner Investigator
Francois ChaumetteInriaPartner Investigator
Feras DayoubQUTResearch Fellow
Fatih PorikliANUAssociate Investigator
Fangyi ZhangQUTPhD Candidate
Fahimeh RezazadeganQUTPhD Candidate
Edison GuoANUPhD Candidate
Donald DansereauQUTResearch Fellow
Dinesh GamageMonashResearch Fellow
David SuterUniversity of AdelaideAssociate Investigator
David HallQUTPhD Candidate
David BallQUTResearch Fellow
Dan RichardsQUTPhD Candidates
Clinton FookesQUTAssociate Investigator
Chuong NguyenANUResearch Fellow
Chunhua ShenUniversity of AdelaideChief Investigator
Chris McCoolQUTResearch Fellow
Chris LehnertQUTResearch Fellow
Chris JefferyQUTPhD Candidate
Bohan ZhuangUniversity of AdelaidePhD Candidate
Ben UpcroftQUTChief Investigator
Ben TalbotQUTPhD Candidate
Ben MeyerMonashPhD Candidate
Ben HarwoodMonashPhD Candidate
Basura FernandoANUResearch Fellow
Anton Van Den HengelUniversity of AdelaideChief Investigator
Anthony DickUniversity of AdelaideAssociate Investigator
Anoop CherianANUResearch Fellow
Anjali JaiprakashQUTResearch Fellow
Andrew SpekMonashPhD Candidate
Andrew EnglishQUTPhD Candidate
Andrew DavisonImperial College LondonPartner Investigator
Andres Felipe Marmol VelezQUTPhD Candidate
Anders ErikssonQUTResearch Fellow
Alex ZelinskyDefence Science and Technology OrganisationCentre Advisory Committee
Ajay PandeyQUTResearch Fellow
Ahmet SekerciogluMonash UniversityAssociate Investigator
Adam TowQUTPhD Candidate
Adam JacobsonQUTPhD Candidate