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24th-26th November 2020

RoboVis 2020 – QUT


For QUT members, RoboVis 2020 will be held at Peppers Noosa. QUT members will arrive and check in on Tuesday 24th November and the full 2 day RoboVis program will run from Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2020.

Given the ongoing COVID restrictions and consequent reduction in length of RoboVis, many of the usual sessions will be modified for 2020. There will be a combination of:

  • livestreamed sessions from each node
  • completely livestreamed (e.g. international keynote speakers)
  • pre-planned sessions in cases where it would be too difficult to move between presenters across different nodes, such as posters, demos and 3MT

Registration has now closed

Please note:

  • If you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough or fever in the days leading up to RoboVis, we ask that you do not attend the event
  • At the event, we request that anyone displaying symptoms of being unwell remain in their room to prevent the spread to other attendees
  • Unfortunately given attendee number restrictions and limits at the venues because of COVID, this year we aren’t opening up the option of bringing family members to join the event.  The exception to this is if Centre staff have caring responsibilities that will prevent them from attending RoboVis.  If this is the case please contact your local Node Administrator to enquire about travel support that is available to facilitate attendance.

If you require further information, please contact rv@qut.edu.au.

Venue & Logistics


For QUT node members, RoboVis 2020 will be held at the Peppers Noosa, QLD.


We will have a Welcome Reception and ‘Movie Night’ at 6.00pm on Tuesday 24th November. Our main program runs over Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November.


Attendees can choose to make their own way to the venue or elect to travel via an ACRV chartered bus which departs from QUT at 2pm on Tuesday 24th November.  Regardless of how you arrive at the venue, we recommend all attendees check-in to the hotel in the afternoon of Tuesday, 24th November to be on time for the Welcome Reception.


All attendees will be provided with 2 nights single room accommodation including breakfast each morning.  If you would prefer to share with any fellow node members or will not be staying for 2 nights, please let us know when you register.


All meals are included during your stay.  If you have specific dietary requirements, please ensure this is noted on the registration form.

Staff with caring responsibilities

Centre staff who have caring responsibilities that will prevent them from attending Robovis are encouraged to contact their local Node Administrator to enquire about travel support that is available to facilitate attendance.


Tuesday 24th November






Buses depart for Peppers Noosa


Peppers Noosa

Check in and explore the area


Macquarie Centre, Peppers Noosa

Registration with RoboVis coordinator


Peppers Noosa

Welcome drink


Peppers Noosa



Macquarie Centre, Peppers Noosa

ACRV 'Movie Night' - 3MT and Memories

Wednesday 25th November





Welcome to RoboVis2020

Centre Director, Peter Corke


The Return of the Roaring Twenties?

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz


Morning Tea


Poster Session Review and final voting


Executive Health & Wellbeing Introduction

Dr Toby Ford (pre-recorded)


Project Impact – Manipulation & Vision

Dr Akansel Cosgun


Project Demo – Best of ACRV

Associate Professor Niko Sünderhauf




Project Impact – Evaluation & Benchmarking

Associate Professor Niko Sünderhauf


Project Impact – Robots, Humans & Action

Professor Stephen Gould


Project impact - Manipulation Demonstrator

Distinguished Professor Peter Corke


Afternoon Tea


Good Stress, Bad Stress

Dr Toby Ford (pre-recorded)


Carlie Challenge

Professor Michael Milford & James Mount

3:30 - 5:00pm

Free time

Bar opens at 4:30pm


It's all in the mind

Dr Jackie Craig


Dinner & Awards evening

Thursday 26th November





Autonomous, Agile Micro Drones: Perception, Learning, and Control

Professor Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich (via Zoom)


Project Impact – Learning

Professor Gustavo Carneiro & Dr Feras Dayoub


Setting Better Resillience Patterns

Dr Toby Ford (pre-recorded)


Morning Tea


Project Impact –Vision & Language

Dr Qi Wu


Project Impact – Scene Understanding

Professor Ian Reid


Project Impact – Fast Visual Motion Control

Professor Robert Mahony




Helping Others

Dr Toby Ford (pre-recorded)


Node leaders "Have you been paying attention"

Node Leaders & Professor Michael Milford


Afternoon Tea


AI & the Future of Work and Responsible Technology & Ethics.

Dr Catriona Wallace


Close – Legacy and Impact of the Centre with Q & A

Centre Executive


Bus departs for QUT

Approx arrival 6:30pm


Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

The Return of the Roaring Twenties?

This presentation will be livestreamed from Peppers Noosa (QUT node)

The Return of the Roaring Twenties?

This presentation will explore a science, technology, research and innovation led pathway through the COVID-19 pandemic. Business-as-usual is over; but we can move towards business-as-better.

Stefan Hajkowicz, BA (Hons I), PhD, Grad Dip Econ is a principal scientist in strategy and foresight at CSIRO’s Data61 – the digital arm of Australia’s national science agency. Stefan is also group leader of Data61 Insights – a team of researchers and consultants with expertise in data driven foresight, economics, strategy and policy analysis.

Stefan is one of the world’s leading researchers within the fields of geography, economics and decision theory. He has published seminal works on multiple criteria analysis (MCA) and has applied this decision making technique in numerous research consultancies for government and industry customers.

Stefan has authored over 100 research publications generating over 4,000 citations (google scholar). His book “global megatrends” is one of CSIRO’s best sellers. He has delivered over 200 seminars and keynotes at major conferences and is one of Australia’s most in-demand speakers. In 2015 he was listed by CEDA as one of Australia’s 10 most influential speechmakers.

Over his 20 years at CSIRO Stefan has held a wide range of senior research and senior managerial roles. Stefan is a member of the OECD Government Foresight Community and previously the World Economic Forum’s Global Foresight Community. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from The University of Queensland and a graduate diploma in economics from the University of New England.

Dr Jackie Craig

Dr Jackie Craig

It's All In The Mind

This presentation will be livestreamed from Novotel Barossa (Adelaide node)

It’s all in the mind

Science and technology is needed now more than ever as the world faces multiple global unprecedented challenges. S&T must bring its collective best mind to the party.

This talk will define this “best mind” in terms of three main element:  Mind DNA – solid and detailed knowledge and skills; Mind Craft – where how you think is as important as what you know; and Mind Meld – where blending of different perspectives and experiences is the only way to success.

Examples drawing from a range of science and technologies and large projects will given to illustrate each section.  Finally The importance of good leadership will be discussed throughout.

Dr Jackie Craig graduated with a PhD in physics from St. Andrews University in 1981 and was employed by the UK Ministry of Defence for nine years.

In 1990 she emigrated to Australia and began her 26 year science career with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group. She has extensive experience in lasers and optics, space-based and airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, UAVs and cyber and electronic warfare systems.

Jackie was Chief of Division and a member of the Defence Senior Leadership Group (SES Band 2 and above) for eight years. She has also held numerous senior executive leadership positions within the five-eyes Defence and Intelligence S&T forums, spanning the areas of space, digital systems, autonomous systems, big data, cyber and ISREW.

She was awarded the 2001 Ministers Award in Defence Science for her work imagery ISR systems, and has received several awards for scientific leadership from the five-eyes community in the areas of ISR, space, EW and cyber. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) in 2016. In 2020 Jackie was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her work in Defence science.

With so many mountains and rock walls still to climb Jackie retired from DST Group in 2016. She is currently an Adjunct Professor within the College of Science and Engineering of Flinders University and is a non-executive director of the Smart Satellite Cooperative Research Centre.

Professor Davide Scaramuzza

Professor Davide Scaramuzza

Autonomous, Agile Micro Drones: Perception, Learning, and Control

This presentation will be via Zoom as Prof. Davide Scaramuzza is joining from the University of Zurich

Abstract: Autonomous quadrotors will soon play a major role in search-and-rescue, delivery, and inspection missions, where a fast response is crucial. However, their speed and maneuverability are still far from those of birds and human pilots. High speed is particularly important: since drone battery life is usually limited to 20-30 minutes, drones need to fly faster to cover longer distances. However, to do so, they need faster sensors and algorithms. Human pilots take years to learn the skills to navigate drones. What does it take to make drones navigate as good or even better than human pilots? Autonomous, agile navigation through unknown, GPS-denied environments poses several challenges for robotics research in terms of perception, planning, learning, and control. In this talk, I will show how the combination of both model-based and machine learning methods united with the power of new, low-latency sensors, such as event cameras, can allow drones to achieve unprecedented speed and robustness by relying solely on onboard computing.

Bio: Davide Scaramuzza (Italian) is a Professor of Robotics and Perception at both departments of Informatics (University of Zurich) and Neuroinformatics (joint between the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich), where he directs the Robotics and Perception Group. His research lies at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning, using standard cameras and event cameras, and aims to enable autonomous, agile navigation of micro drones in search and rescue applications.

After a Ph.D. at ETH Zurich (with Roland Siegwart) and a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (with Vijay Kumar and Kostas Daniilidis), from 2009 to 2012, he led the European project sFly, which introduced the PX4 autopilot and pioneered visual-SLAM-based autonomous navigation of micro drones in GPS-denied environments.

From 2015 to 2018, he was part of the DARPA FLA program (Fast Lightweight Autonomy) to research autonomous, agile navigation of micro drones in GPS-denied environments. In 2018, his team won the IROS 2018 Autonomous Drone Race, and in 2019 it ranked second in the AlphaPilot Drone Racing world championship. For his research contributions to autonomous, vision-based, drone navigation and event cameras, he won prestigious awards, such as a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award, an SNSF-ERC Starting Grant, a Google Research Award, the KUKA Innovation Award, two Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships, the European Young Research Award, the Misha Mahowald Neuromorphic Engineering Award, and several paper awards.

He co-authored the book “Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots” (published by MIT Press; 10,000 copies sold) and more than 100 papers on robotics and perception published in top-ranked journals (Science Robotics, TRO, T-PAMI, IJCV, IJRR) and conferences (RSS, ICRA, CVPR, ICCV, CORL, NeurIPS). He has served as a consultant for the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fukushima Action Plan on Nuclear Safety and several drones and computer-vision companies, to which he has also transferred research results.

In 2015, he cofounded Zurich-Eye, today Facebook Zurich, which developed the visual-inertial SLAM system running in Oculus Quest VR headsets. He was also the strategic advisor of Dacuda, today Magic Leap Zurich.

In 2020, he cofounded SUIND, which develops camera-based safety solutions for commercial drones. Many aspects of his research have been prominently featured in wider media, such as The New York Times, BBC News, Discovery Channel, La Repubblica, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and also in technology-focused media, such as IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review, Tech Crunch, Wired, The Verge.


Homepage: http://rpg.ifi.uzh.ch/people_scaramuzza.html

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SC9wV2kAAAAJ&hl=en

Affiliation: University of Zurich


Dr Catriona Wallace

Dr Catriona Wallace

AI & the Future of Work and Responsible Technology & Ethics

This presentation will be livestreamed from Canberra Rex Hotel (ANU node)

Dr Catriona Wallace is an entrepreneur in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning fields. Catriona also has a reputation globally as a leading writer, speaker and advisor on Responsible Technology, Ethics and the Future of Work. Dr Wallace is the CEO of Ethical AI Advisory consulting practice and she is the Founder of Flamingo AI, a Machine-Learning company with headquarters in New York and Sydney.

Having been inducted into the Royal Institution of Australia in 2019, recognising her excellence in scientific achievement and commitment to science in Australia, Dr Catriona Wallace is one of the world’s most cited experts on Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, Ethics in technology and Women in Leadership. Dr Wallace has established herself as the innovative go-to expert for organizations looking to digital transformation and optimizing operations with a focus on customer and employee experience. As a result, she’s the most natural authority to consult with when looking at ways to introduce emerging technologies into business.

In 2014, Catriona founded artificial intelligence FinTech Flamingo AI, a company working at the cutting edge of AI technology to provide Machine Learning based Subject Matter Experts for enterprises in the US and Australia. Flamingo AI was the second only female led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange. Catriona then went on to establish one of the world’s first consultancies, Ethical AI Advisory, purely focused on developing Ethical AI frameworks and capabilities for organisations concerned with the potential risks that AI may pose.

Dr Wallace has a long list of accolades that has seen her recognised as one of the most influential women in business & entrepreneurship. She has achieved significant awards in technology, innovation and financial services. In large part, this success comes directly as a result of her ability to analyze business strategy, data and to identify where technology can augment humans and automate processes.

With a dedicated passion for encouraging more women to pursue careers in STEM, Catriona is leading by example. She has an Adjunct Professor with a PhD in Organizational Behavior and is a published author and analyst. Catriona’s links with business schools around the world allow her to share international practice and case studies, and as such brings a strong evidence-based approach to her speaking topics.

Catriona is also a human rights activist, environmentalist and mother of five.

3MT/Poster/Carlie Competition

There are a number of ways you can showcase your research to the rest of the Centre during RoboVis2020.  To participate in these events, please contact the relevant coordinator directly and indicate your interest on the registration form.

3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

This year the competition will be coordinated by QUT Chief Investigator Assoc Professor Niko Sunderhauf (niko.suenderhauf@qut.edu.au)

  • all entries will be pre-recorded and played on night one of RoboVis
  • Guidelines for the competition and the template will be released soon
  • A video recording of your presentation will be required by 12th November
  • If you have any questions please contact Niko directly.

All RoboVis attendees will vote for the best entry with voting closing at 12pm on Wednesday 25th November and the winner announced that evening at the Centre awards ceremony.

Research Poster Session

ANU PhD Researcher Pieter van Goor (pieter.vangoor@anu.edu.au) will coordinate the poster session. The research poster session will allow all students to design and present one poster.

  • Please register by 15th October
  • Guidelines for the competition and the template are below
  • Attendees can view the posters and submit questions via Slack at any other time over the course of RoboVis
  • There will also be a dedicated 30 minutes in the schedule for all attendees to review posters and ask questions of the author
  • All entrants will be required to submit a short video explanation to accompany their poster
  • Posters will be required by Thursday 5th November
  • a short accompanying video is to be provided by Thursday 12th November
  • If you have any questions please contact Pieter directly.

Voting for best Poster will close at 12pm on Wednesday 25th November and the winner announced that evening at the awards ceremony.

Guidelines for the competition are here:  Poster_Session_Guidelines_RoboVis_2020

‘Carlie’ mini autonomous car competition

QUT PhD Researcher, James Mount (j.mount@qut.edu.au) will coordinate the challenge.


  1. RoboVis2020 Showcase Competition (with Cash Prizes!):a chance to show the world how you utilised the Carlie platform in an exciting, innovative or compelling research activity or public demonstration. More details can be found here. For our Melbourne colleagues, we even have the possibility of working on a demo with you remotely using the QUT platform.
  2. RoboVis 2020 Carlie Vision Challenge (with Cash Prizes!): a chance to demonstrate your skills as a robotics/vision engineer and that your algorithms / ideas work in the real world. We are currently planning to run this competition similar to a hack-a-thon style prior to RoboVis 2020, where the details of the challenge and the assessment criteria are released at 9am and submissions are due by 5pm. However, the core of the challenge will involve developing a vision algorithm utilising Python and OpenCV to perform a task with the Carlie platform. More details can be found here.

Support documentation

  1. Documentation: An initial version of the Carlie documentation can be found here. This should be enough to get a student with software experience who is somewhat familiar with ROS up and started. Please reach out to James (mount@qut.edu.au) if you have any queries, he is currently employed to support you all in your Carlie endeavours.
  2. James Is Here: Please remember James is currently actively developing Carlie material to support its users. While James is available and working on Carlie we strongly encourage you to reach out to him if you have any queries. Most of your universities will have some form of undergraduate Summer research program and we would love to see undergraduates using Carlie. Remember James will be available to help support you and your undergraduates, at least until the end of December, so we recommend you use him when and where needed.
  3. Github: A reminder that the carlie_pkgs have been migrated to Github. You will need to be a member of the roboticvisionorg Github organisation, please reach out to James and he can make you a member.



Registration has now closed

Please note:

  • If you are unwell or have any symptoms such as a cough or fever in the days prior to RoboVis, we ask that you do not attend
  • At the event, we request that anyone displaying symptoms of being unwell remain in their room to prevent the spread to other attendees
  • Centre staff who have caring responsibilities that will prevent them from attending RoboVis are encouraged to contact their local Node Administrator to enquire about travel support that is available to facilitate attendance.

If you require further information, please contact rv@qut.edu.au.


Merryn Ballantyne, QUT

Event Coordinator

email:  rv@qut.edu.au

Sandra Backstrom, QUT

Node Administration Officer

Email: sandra.backstrom@qut.edu.au


Pieter van Goor, ANU

Poster Coordinator

email: pieter.vangoor@anu.edu.au

James Mount, QUT

Carlie Challenge organiser

email: james.mount@qut.edu.au


Niko Sunderhauf, QUT

3MT Organiser

email: niko.Suenderhauf@qut.edu.au



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