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4th to 9th February 2018

Robotic Vision Summer School (RVSS) 2018


The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision presents Robotic Vision Summer School (RVSS) in Kioloa, Australia.

The ability to see is the remaining technological roadblock to the ubiquitous deployment of robots into society. The Robotic Vision Summer School (RVSS) provides a premium venue for graduate students and industry researchers to learn about fundamental and advanced topics in computer vision and robotics. The summer school also provides a unique opportunity to experiment with computer vision algorithms on actual robotic hardware.

The summer school will be held at Kioloa on the NSW south coast, Australia, from Sunday, 4th February 2018 to Friday, 9th February 2018. Bus transportation (included in the registration fee) is provided to/from Canberra airport and the Kioloa campus.

The program incorporates both talks and practical sessions run by world leading researchers in robotics and computer vision. In addition there will be ample free time during the summer school for attendees to collaborate on research projects and explore the Kioloa surroundings. Further information on speakers and the program will be available here shortly.

The summer school is held annually at the Kioloa campus, Australian National University on the NSW south coast, Australia. This is an international summer school targeting Masters (later-year)/PhD students, academics, and industrial researchers.

Important Dates
Registration deadline: 22nd December 2017
Summer School: 4th to 9th February 2018



RVSS 2018 Workshop Ticket Inclusions $AUD (Australian Dollars)
External Attendees workshops, accommodation, meals, and transport from Canberra $825
Centre Affiliates (includes partner institutions, invited speakers, chief investigators, research fellows, and     PhD students) workshops, accommodation, meals, and transport from Canberra Fee covered by centre

All attendees must register – Click and Register

Centre staff and students

All Centre-affiliated students are expected to attend RVSS in the first year of their PhD candidature. Later year Centre students should seek their supervisors’ approval before registering. Centre-affiliated staff, who are presenting, must still register. Other Centre staff should seek approval from their node leader before registering.

Non-attendance and refunds

If you are unable to attend RVSS for compassionate or legal reasons you must contact the organisers at rvss@roboticvision.org. Depending on the situation and how soon before the event, partial or full refunds may be possible.

Visa requirements

Please note that in order to be granted a visa to visit Australia you must demonstrate that you meet all the legislative requirements. It is strongly recommended that you apply for your visa 6-8 weeks prior to the event date. Details of visa application requirements are available on the Australian Department of Immigration’s website.The organisers take no responsibility for visa applications or processes.


Venue and Transport

RVSS 2018 will be held at the ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus, Australian National University. The campus offers accommodation and research facilities at a unique location extending from the beach front through a diverse ecology to thick bushland. The campus is one of Australia’s premier field stations situated on the NSW south coast between the Kioloa and Bawley Point villages, easily accessible from Canberra, Sydney, and Wollongong.

Kioloa is a small hamlet, with a population of about 200, located on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is pronounced by locals as ‘Ky-ola’. Click here for more about the Kioloa campus, facilities, accommodation, and travel/tourism details.

Kioloa is neighbour to some of the best beaches in Australia. For example, Batemans Bay, with its majestic seascapes and lovely beaches, is a popular holiday destination on the East coast, and is less than 50 kms from the Summer School venue. Other beaches, such as Pretty Beach, Bawley Coast, Pebbly Beach, and Termeil Beach, are just a few kilometres from the venue. Another popular beach, Jervis Bay is less than 90kms!

Transport to Venue

Coach transportation between Canberra and Kioloa will be provided for Summer School participants, however they are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Canberra.
Coaches will pick-up and drop-off from two locations in Canberra-  ANU (Fulton Muir Building, Cnr North and Daley Roads) and the Canberra Domestic Airport.  On Sunday, 4 February 2018, coaches will leave Canberra mid-morning and no later than 2:00pm.  Please ensure that you arrive in Canberra well in advance of the last pick-up.  On Friday, 9 February 2018, coaches will leave Kioloa at 2pm so please ensure that you do not book a return flight before 6:15pm if using the coach service.  Normal travel time from Canberra is approximately 2.5 hours.  Coach travel time from Canberra is approximately 3.15 hours.

Registering at Venue

Delegates will be provided with conference name tags as proof of registration. Name tages should be worn to all events.


Accommodation at the Kioloa Coastal Campus is shared in either twin or bunk rooms. Accommodation includes a linen pack which includes a pillow, sheets, blanket and towel.


All meals are incldued in the registration cost. If you have any special dietary or religious requirements, please advise us of these requirements through your registration form.


The weather on the south coast of NSW can be variable.  Please ensure that you bring adequate clothing for both hot and cool weather, a hat and sunscreen.  You may wish to attend a range of social activities, including a bushwalk and sporting activities, so please bring appropriate comfortable clothing.


Margarita Chli (ETH Zurich)

Vision-based perception for aerial robots

Abstract: This talk will describe the journey of the evolution of visual perception for aerial robots, presenting our latest results at the Vision for Robotics Lab on building blocks enabling autonomous navigation of a small aircraft and the transition from single to multi-robot collaborative estimation, touching on some of the most challenging problems we are faced with currently.

Bio: Margarita Chli is an Assistant Professor leading the Vision for Robotics Lab (V4RL) of ETH Zurich, Switzerland and the vice-director of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zurich. Originally from Greece and Cyprus, she received both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Information and Computing Engineering from Trinity College of the University of Cambridge, UK, and her PhD from Imperial College London. After a postdoctoral position at the ASL of ETH Zurich, she moved to the University of Edinburgh, UK, to accept the prestigious Chancellor’s Fellowship and initiate V4RL.  In 2015, she relocated with her group to ETH Zurich to accept a Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professorship (success rate of 15.7%).  Prof Chli received numerous academic scholarships from both Cyprus and Cambridge and she continues to hold an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh. She is a World Economics Forum (WEF) Expert in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and was a speaker at WEF 2017 in Davos, while she also featured in Robohub’s 2016 list of 25 women in Robotics you need to know about. Her research interests lie in developing vision-based perception for robots, such as small aircraft, leading teams in multiple national and international projects, such as the European Commission projects sflymyCopterSHERPA, and AEROWORKS. Prof Chli participated in the first vision-based autonomous flight of a small helicopter, and her work has received international acclaim from the community recently featuring in Reuters.

Genevieve Bell (Australian National University)

Talk Title: To be confirmed

Abstract: To be confirmed

Bio: Genevieve Bell is a Professor and Director of the 3A Institute at the Australian National University, where she also holds a research appointment at Data61. Additionally, Professor Bell is the inaugural appointee to the Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at the ANU and a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation, where she most recently served as their chief futurist.  Dr Bell has pioneered futurist research looking at how different cultures use technology, and helped guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities. She completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998.

Tom Drummond (Monash University)

Algorithms and Architecture: Past, Present and Future

Abstract: To be confirmed.

Bio: 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 (i.e. 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.


Robert Mahony

Robert Mahony

Chief Investigator

Vincent Lui

Vincent Lui

Research Fellow

Valerio Ortenzi

Valerio Ortenzi

Research Fellow

Lucy Keech

Lucy Keech

ANU Node Administration Officer

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