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A fine Fellow indeed!

Academy of Science awards Centre Director top honour

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision Director Peter Corke’s visionary contribution to advancing the capabilities of robots – able to ‘see’ and ‘understand’ like humans – has earned him Australia’s top honour as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

On Tuesday (28 May 2019), Distinguished Professor Corke steps up among 22 scientists from across Australia for formal admission as Academy Fellows during Science at the Shine Dome in Canberra. In the words of Academy President, Professor John Shine, the newly-elected Fellows stand out for ‘the collective impact of their science on an international scale’. Watch video>>

Distinguished Professor Corke is recognised for significant contributions to the field of robotic vision. He has pioneered its real-world use in aerial, marine and land robotic systems for a diverse range of applications, including mining and environmental monitoring.

“It is amazing to be asked to part of such a celebrated Academy,” said Distinguished Professor Corke, who is also ‘the world authority’ on visual servoing or vision-based robot control, having developed a solid foundation for its theory and practice.

“I’ve done a lot of work in the area of developing robotic hand-eye coordination and it is exciting to be able to put a capability into a robot that no one else has, but advancing robotics to build machines that are as capable and competent as we want them to be is very much a global effort.

“There are people around the world working on all aspects of the robot system simultaneously, on hands, on fingertips and tactile perception, on legs and feet.

“To be part of this group building a body of work and knowledge is incredibly rewarding.”

The Australian Academy of Science provides independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice, promotes international scientific engagement, builds public awareness and understanding of science, and champions, celebrates and supports excellence in Australian science.

QUT celebrates a second academic elected to the Academy: macromolecular chemist and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow Professor Barner-Kowollik.

For Distinguished Professor Corke, the dream of a world with robots started more than half a century ago. He was just four. Neil Armstrong was yet to land on the moon and his parents gave him a gift that was to change the course of his life. Find out more>>

Embracing a philosophy of learning by doing, the 2017 Australian Teacher of the Year decided to share his knowledge globally, developing the world’s first massive open online courses (MOOCs) on robotics in 2012.

This super-sized into the QUT Robot Academy in May 2017. The free-to-use undergraduate-level learning resource has already surpassed 750,000 lesson views and 125,000 users from 175 countries.

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Shelley Thomas, Communications Specialist
Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
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About The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is an ARC Centre of Excellence, funded for $25.6 million over seven years to form the largest collaborative group of its kind generating internationally impactful science and new technologies that will transform important Australian industries and provide solutions to some of the hard challenges facing Australia and the globe. Formed in 2014, the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is the world’s first research centre specialising in robotic vision. They are a group of researchers on a mission to develop new robotic vision technologies to expand the capabilities of robots. Their work will give robots the ability to see and understand for the sustainable well-being of people and the environments we live in. The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has assembled an interdisciplinary research team from four leading Australian research universities: QUT, The University of Adelaide (UoA), The Australian National University (ANU), and Monash University as well as CSIRO’s Data61 and overseas universities and research organisations including the French national research institute for digital sciences (INRIA), Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), and the University of Oxford.

Posted May 27, 2019

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