2019 Annual Report

The Executive Committee drives the Centres’ responsible governance, with oversight from the Centre Advisory Board.

The Executive Committee is accountable to the Australian Research Council, a statutory agency responsible for Australia’s National Competitive Grants program and major contributor to the Centre to the value of $19 million in public funding.

The committee includes representatives from the Centre’s four domestic partners: QUT, the University of Adelaide, the Australian National University and Monash University. It provides the leadership and direction that is critical to the successful operation of our Centre and achievement of our ambitious research program.

The Executive Committee meets one to two times per month via video conference and quarterly face-to-face meetings located at different Centre nodes in rotation. Meetings cover a range of operational, research, collaboration and commercialisation matters. All meeting documentation, such as agendas, actions, resolutions and notes, is recorded on the Centre’s intranet.

The members of our Executive Committee are:

Peter Corke

Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia

Peter Corke is a distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology and director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision in Australia. Previously he was a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO ICT Centre where he founded and led the Autonomous Systems laboratory.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine; founding editor of the Journal of Field Robotics; member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Robotics Research, and the Springer STAR series. He has over 500 publications in the field, a h-index of 63 and over 20,000 citations. Peter has held visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carnegie-Mellon University Robotics Institute, and Oxford University.

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Ian Reid

University of Adelaide, Australia

Ian Reid interests range across computer vision and are currently focused on life-long visual learning, and developing high-level representations for image and video understanding, especially those that can be computed and queried sufficiently rapidly to enable real-time robotic decision making and control. He has previous published widely in areas such as active vision, visual SLAM, visual geometry, human motion capture and intelligent visual surveillance. He has published widely on these topics in major journals and conferences, with more than 21,000 citations and a h-index of 70.

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Katrina Tune

Queensland University of Technology

Katrina has over 15 years of experience working within Australian Universities, having held senior roles within the Melbourne Law School and UQ’s Schools of Business and Medicine.

More recently Katrina has held a dual role with HealthCert, a private medical education provider, as their National Partnerships Manager and as General Manager of their not for profit arm, The Skin Cancer Institute. She is also a Director on the Board of Epilepsy Queensland, a cause close to her heart. Katrina is passionate about transformational leadership, organisational culture, equity and diversity in the workplace, and trying to find the fun wherever possible.

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Stephen Gould

Australian National University (ANU), Australia

Stephen Gould is a Professor in the Research School of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. He received his BSc degree in mathematics and computer science and BE degree in electrical engineering from the University of Sydney in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He received his MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1998. He then worked in industry for a number of years where he co-founded Sensory Networks, which sold to Intel in 2013. In 2005 he returned to PhD studies and earned his PhD degree from Stanford University in 2010. His research interests include computer and robotic vision, machine learning, probabilistic graphical models, deep learning and optimization.

In 2017, Steve spent a year in Seattle leading a team of computer vision researchers and engineers at Amazon before returning to Australia in 2018.

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Tom Drummond

Monash University, Australia

Professor Drummond is a Chief Investigator based at Monash. He studied a BA in mathematics at the University of Cambridge.  In 1989 he emigrated to Australia and worked for CSIRO in Melbourne for four years before moving to Perth for his PhD in Computer Science at Curtin University.  In 1998 he returned to Cambridge as a post-doctoral Research Associate and in 1991 was appointed as a University Lecturer.  In 2010 he returned to Melbourne and took up a Professorship at Monash University.  His research is principally in the field of real-time computer vision (ie processing of information from a video camera in a computer in real-time typically at frame rate), machine learning and robust methods. These have applications in augmented reality, robotics, assistive technologies for visually impaired users as well as medical imaging.

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