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A Good Year!

‘A lot can happen in a year, particularly at a world-first research centre focused on creating a better future for all people and our planet’

– Australian Centre for Robotic Vision Director, Peter Corke

In 2018, the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision celebrated five years as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence.

Its mission: to create ‘truly useful’ robots that see and understand ‘like humans do’ for the sustainable wellbeing of all people and the environments they live in.

Releasing the Centre’s 2018 Annual Report today (3 April 2019), Centre Director Peter Corke commended the outstanding work and commitment of his team to cutting-edge research and its translation into tangible real-world applications ‘once only dreamed possible’.

Download the Centre’s 2018 Annual Report here>>

“The benefit of robots in our society is simple,” said Distinguished Professor Corke.

“We want them to enhance human life in some way, at work or in the home. They can support delivery of improved and affordable healthcare, assist in sustainable food production or monitor and protect our natural and built environments.

“However, without the seeing and understanding capabilities of human vision, a vast array of applications are closed to robots in the real world. This is where the Centre steps in, bringing together more than 200 researchers from across Australia, to focus on the problem of creating robots that see.

“Our goal is to make robotic vision the sensing modality of choice, opening the door to affordable robots able to see, understand and adapt to unstructured and dynamically changing real-world environments much like humans do.”

2018 achievements, at a glance

Developed Australia’s first Robotics Roadmap, in partnership with industry, researchers and government agencies, as a guide to how Australia can harness the benefits of a new robot economy and boost productivity by $2.2 trillion over 15 years. The Centre also launched an online advocacy platform, Robotics in Australia, as a portal for industry and research groups to showcase the impact of current and future work across all sectors.

Witnessed robotic vision as the superpower behind RangerBot, the world’s first marine robot designed for coral reef environments, put to work in a coral seeding project on the Great Barrier Reef.

Supported an Australia-first trial of SoftBank’s popular social robot, Pepper, in a real-world hospital setting.

Photo: Ian Hitchcock

Launched a world-first robotic vision competition to address the problem of overly-confident robots misidentifying objects in the real world

Secured $9.5 million in external investment (additional to ARC funding) through partnerships across the research sector, together with public and private enterprises. Since the Centre’s inception in 2014, total internal investment adds up to more than $32 million in addition to ARC funding of $25.6 million over seven years.

Brought the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference, the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) to Australia for the first time in its history; staged in Brisbane.

Centre researchers also published 180 papers, including 70 conference papers and 40 journal articles, helping to strengthen the Centre’s h-index to 59, up from 31 (recorded in July 2017).

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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 April 03, 2019

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