History

The technologies of robotics and computer vision are each over 50 years old. Once upon a time they were closely related and investigated, separately and together, in Artificial Intelligence (AI) labs around the world. Vision has always been a hard problem, and early roboticists struggled to make vision work using the slow computers of the day — particularly for metric problems like understanding the geometry of the world. In the 1990s affordable laser rangefinders entered the scene and roboticists adopted them with enthusiasm, delighted with the metric information they could provide. Since the late 1990s, laser-based perception has come to dominate robotics, while processing images from databases, not from robots, has come to dominate computer vision. The ACRV will reprise the early partnership between robotics and vision, with researchers reconsidering vision as an effective sensor for robots.

 

Just as vision played a major role in the evolution of life on Earth it will underpin the intelligence required for robots to understand their environment, to make decisions and to perform useful tasks in the complex, unstructured and dynamically changing environments in which we live and work. Just as the minds of animals developed around the need to support a sense of vision, so to will the capabilities of robots.

 

In July 2012 the ARC invited appplications to form Centres of Excellence. Professors Peter Corke (QUT) and Robert Mahony (ANU) identified the opportunity to finally bring the robotics and computer vision disciplines together, working on the common challenge of creating robots that see. A team involving commitments from 13 Chief Investigators (CIs) and 13 Associate Investigators (AIs) based at Australian universities (QUT, ANU, UoA and Monash), along with six Partner Investigators (PIs) from international research organisations, was assembled and an expression of interest (EOI) submitted to the ARC in May 2013. The team’s EOI was announced as successful in June 2013 and proceeded to a full proposal submitted in August 2013. After supplying a rejoinder in response to review comments, the ACRV was short-listed and interviewed in Canberra in November 2013. On 17th December 2013, the Hon. Minister for Education and Training, Christopher Pyne, MP, approved the allocation of $285m over seven years for 12 new ARC Centres of Excellence, including the ARC Centre for Excellence for Robotic Vision. The Centre commenced on 1st January 2014 and became fully operational on 21st July 2014 following the signing of legal agreements between all collaborating organisations.

 

ACRV-timeline

Timeline showing the Life of the Centre

 

ACRV-map

Map showing location of ACRV partners

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