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Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan is a Chief Investigator for the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and is Professor in Robotics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His main research interests are in the areas of Field Robotics and Medical and Healthcare Robotics. To address this Jonathan is seeking to develop a robotic tool to take care of manipulation tasks while the surgeon takes care of the decision-making. Jonathan was a co-inventor of the UAV Challenge, an international flying robot competition that sees teams search for a lost bushwalker using autonomous robotic aircraft.

He graduated from the University of Southampton, UK, in 1991 with an Honours degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering. Jonathan furthered his interest in computer vision while completing a PhD (1991-1994) at the University of Southampton where he also developed skills in parallel computing.

In 1995 Jonathan joined CSIRO (Australia’s largest government research agency) to work in the area of mining robotics where he worked on numerous large robot machines including 3,500 tonne draglines, 30 tonne underground haul trucks and autonomous underground explosive loading vehicles. His work with his colleagues on the navigation system of semi-autonomous Load-Haul-Dump (LHD) vehicles was commercialised by Caterpillar. He was appointed a Science Leader at CSIRO in the area of Robotics and then went on to lead the Autonomous Systems Laboratory also at CSIRO where he was Research Director.

He and his team won the 2013 2013 Australia and New Zealand Internet Award for Innovation for their Museum Robot project which saw two mobile robots deployed for a number of years in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Jonathan was President of the Australian Robotics & Automation Association Inc. from 2007-2008, and between 2008 and 2013 was Deputy Research Director of the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA), a joint venture between CSIRO and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
2 George Street Brisbane, 4001
+61 7 3138 7549