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3rd to 8th February 2019

RVSS 2019


Robotic Vision Summer School (RVSS)

3rd to 8th February 2019

Registration is now open! Please click on Registration tab (above)

If you have any questions, email: rvss@roboticvision.org

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 the Kioloa campus, Australian National University on the NSW south coast, Australia, from Sunday, 3rd February 2019 to Friday, 8th February 2019. 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.

This is an international summer school which offers a tremendous opportunity to broaden educational experience and professional networks for attendees. The program is targeted at the level of later-year Masters and fresh PhD students in the Australian system. Attendees are expected at minimum to have a background in computer/electrical engineering of a level of an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience. Mature students with non-standard backgrounds are welcome. Attendees will be expected to undertake team based computer programming tasks in the workshop activities. Later year higher degree students will still benefit from the in-depth technical talks and face-to-face meeting with world-recognised peers and are welcome to apply, however, priority will be given to early year students if numbers are tight.

Important Dates:

Registration is now open! Please proceed to the Registration tab.

Registration deadline: 22nd December 2018

For more information, email rvss@roboticvision.org

Venue and Transport

RVSS 2019 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. Coach travel time from Canberra is approximately 3 hours.

Registering at Venue

Delegates will be provided with conference name tags as proof of registration. Name tags 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. Note that we are required to check out by 9am on the Friday morning.

If you register as the External Attendees – No Accommodation, the following local accommodation options are recommended. Daily transportation between your chosen accommodation and the venue is provided and included in your registration.


  • Racecourse Beach Tourist Park, 381 Murramarang Road, Bawley Point, NSW, 2539, https://www.racecoursebeach.com.au/Email: manager@racecoursebeach.com.au, Ph: 1800 659 545
  • Merry Beach Caravan Resort (currently offering 15% discount, quote Robotic Vision Summer School), 46 Merry Beach Road, Kioloa NSW 2539, http://merrybeach.com.au Email: holiday@merrybeach.com.au, Ph: 02 4457 1065,



All meals are included 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.

Information Booklet





RVSS 2019 Workshop TicketInclusions$AUD (Australian Dollars)
External Attendeesworkshops, accommodation, meals and transport from Canberra$890
External Attendees – No Accommodationworkshops, meals and transport from Canberra$715
Subsidised Attendees (includes partner institutions, invited speakers, chief investigators, research fellows, organisers and PhD students)workshops, accommodation, meals and transport from CanberraFee 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.




To familiarize yourself with workshop content and some of our tutorials, we recommend reading this page.

The workshop for this year aims at giving you the opportunity to deploy a deep neural network on a mobile robot. You will go through all the stages of this process: data collection and training data labelling, network architecture design and implementation, training and testing, deployment on the robot and task execution.

The task you are going to implement is an autonomous steering of a robot to follow a track. The input to the system is an RGB image from a camera onboard the robot and the output is a steering command to keep the robot on track.

The workshop task can be broken down into a number of sub-tasks, as shown below:

  • Using your laptop to control the robot
  • Collecting data with the robot
  • Building a network
  • Training your network
  • Testing and refining your network

Setting up before you arrive

You will be building the neural network and training it on your laptop then perform the inference stage on the robot (no training on the robot). Install the required libraries on your laptop:

Visit the workshop website: link

A quick start for NumPy: link

A quick start for PyTorch: link1 link2


Seth Hutchinson

Seth Hutchinson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Seth Hutchinson is Professor and KUKA Chair for Robotics in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines. His research in robotics spans the areas of planning, sensing, and control. He has published more than 200 papers on these topics, and is coauthor of the books “Principles of Robot Motion: Theory, Algorithms, and Implementations,” published by MIT Press, and “Robot Modeling and Control,” published by Wiley.

Hutchinson currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Robotics Research and chairs the steering committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. He was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Conference Editorial Board (2006-2008) and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Robotics (2008-2013).

Hutchinson is an Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was Professor of ECE until 2018, serving as Associate Head for Undergraduate Affairs from 2001 to 2007. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1988. Hutchinson is Fellow of the IEEE.

José Neira Parra

José Neira Parra

Universidad de Zaragoza

José is a full professor at the Computer Science and Systems Engineering dept, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. José holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia (1986), and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Zaragoza (1993). He was Assistant Lecturer until 1999, Associate Professor until 2010, when he became Full Professor in Computer Science. José teaches courses in Computer Programming, Computer Vision, Compiler Theory, Robotics and Machine Learning, in several degrees at the University of Zaragoza and also frequently as invited lecturer in many universities, research centers and conferences throughout the world. He has been invited researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, the Technical University of Munich, and the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon.
José has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and has been invited editor for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, the Journal of Field Robotics, Autonomous Robots, and the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. José has been involved in the organization of many other scientific events, including Robotics: Science and System (RSS, the 2010 edition was organized at the University of Zaragoza), the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and the Conference on Artificial Intelligence of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).   José also is also involved as expert in the evaluation of FP7 and H2020 Research and Innovation programs of the European Commission, as well as the European Research Council (ERC) grants programs.

Laura Leal-Taixé

Laura Leal-Taixé

Technical University of Munich

Prof. Laura Leal-Taixé is leading the Dynamic Vision and Learning group at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona. She did her Master Thesis at Northeastern University, Boston, USA and received her PhD degree (Dr.-Ing.) from the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. During her PhD she did a one-year visit at the Vision Lab at the University of Michigan, USA. She also spent two years as a postdoc at the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry of ETH Zurich, Switzerland and one year at the Technical University of Munich. In 2017, she won the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of 1.65 million euros from the prestigious Humboldt Foundation for her project “socialMaps”. Her research interests are dynamic scene understanding, in particular multiple object tracking and segmentation, as well as machine learning for video analysis.

Tarek Hamel

Tarek Hamel

University of Nice Cote d'Azur

Tarek Hamel is Professor at the University of Nice Cote d'Azur since 2003. He received his PhD degree in Robotics from the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), France, in 1996. After two years as a research assistant at the UTC, he joined the Centre d’Etudes de Mécanique d'Ile de France in 1997 as an associate professor. His research interests include nonlinear control theory, estimation and vision-based control with applications
to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. He is senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics and for Control Engineering Practice.


Silvère Bonnabel

Silvère Bonnabel

Mines ParisTech

Silvère Bonnabel received the engineering and Ph.D. degree in mathematics and control from Mines ParisTech, in 2004 and 2007 and held a Postdoctoral Position at University of Liège in 2008. He is currently Professor at Mines ParisTech, in the Centre for Robotics, and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge in 2017. He was awarded the IEEE/SEE Glavieux Prize in 2015. He serves an Associate Editor for Systems and Control Letters. His research includes nonlinear state estimation and its applications to navigation, tracking, and SLAM. He currently works on various industrial applications, such as inertial navigation and self-driving cars with the group Safran, radar tracking with the group Thales, and pedestrian localization with the start-up FeetMe.

Qi Wu

Qi Wu

University of Adelaide

Dr. Qi Wu is a lecturer in the University of Adelaide. Before that, he was a postdoc in the Australia Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV) and the Australia Centre for Visual Technologies (ACVT) in the University of Adelaide. He obtained his PhD degree in 2015 and MSc degree in 2011, in Computer Science from the University of Bath, United Kingdom. His research interests are mainly in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Currently, he is working on the vision-to-language problem and he is especially an expert in the area of Image Captioning and Visual Question Answering (VQA). He has published several papers in prestigious conferences and journals, such as TPAMI, CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, IJCAI and AAAI.

Miaomiao Liu

Miaomiao Liu

Australian National University

Dr Miaomiao Liu is a Lecturer and an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Computer Vision and Robotics Group at ANU. She was a Research Scientist at Data61/CSIRO from 2016-2018. Prior to that she was a postdoctoral research fellow and researcher in NICTA. She received her PhD degree in November 2012 from the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include 3D vision, 3D reconstruction and 3D Scene Modeling and Understanding. She joined the Centre as an Associate Investigator in July 2018.

Niko Sünderhauf

Niko Sünderhauf

Queensland University of Technology

Niko received his PhD from Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany in 2012. In his thesis, Niko focused on robust factor graph based models for SLAM and general probabilistic estimation problems and developed the concept of switchable constraints. After his PhD, his research interests have been in the area of robust place recognition in changing environments.

After two years postdocing in Chemnitz, Niko joined QUT as a Research Fellow in March 2014. His research is continuing robust visual representations for place recognition under extreme appearance changes and will address this problem by utilising and extending various deep learning techniques.

In early 2017, Niko was appointed as Lecturer in the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Discipline at QUT. In November 2017, he joined the Centre Leadership Team through his appointment as a Chief Investigator.

Peter Corke

Peter Corke

Queensland University of Technology

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.

Peter was named the 2017 Australian University Teacher of the Year by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training. QUT awarded the title of Distinguished Professor recognising his truly outstanding achievements in the emerging field of Robotics.

Tom Drummond

Tom Drummond

Monash University

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.

Ian Reid

Ian Reid

University of Adelaide

Ian Reid is an Australian Laureate Fellow, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), former Rhodes Scholar, and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. He is the Centre’s Deputy Director, University of Adelaide Node Leader and leader of the Semantic Representations research program.

His research 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 over 293 papers on these topics in major journals and refereed conferences, has more than 16,000 citations and a h-index of 65.

He is a member of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) National Committee for Information and Communication Sciences, Interim co-chair for the AAS Future of Autonomous Systems, and General Chair for the 14th Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV) to be held in Perth, Australia in December 2018. He has previously served on the editorial boards of IEEE T-PAMI, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, and Image and Vision Computing Journal, and has led a number of EU, UK and Australian Research Council sponsored research projects. He was the driving force behind the Centre’s successful LIEF (Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities) grant awarded by the Australian Research Council in 2016 for a new deep learning supercomputer to power the Centre needs to train deeper and larger models and to handle large numbers of parameters and big data.


Robert Mahony

Robert Mahony

Chief Investigator

Robert Mahony is a Professor in the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. He received his BSc in 1989 (applied mathematics and geology) and his PhD in 1995 (systems engineering) both from the Australian National University. He is a fellow of the IEEE and was president of the Australian Robotics Association from 2008-2011. His research interests are in non-linear systems theory with applications in robotics and computer vision. He is known for his work in aerial robotics, geometric observer design, matrix subspace optimisation and image based visual servo control.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor

ANU Node Administration Officer

Carol Taylor is the Node Administration Officer at the Australian National University (ANU). She has previously worked in Administration at the ANU including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology within the Research School of Chemistry and at the Research School of Pacific Studies and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Outside of work Carol enjoys spending time with her family, reading, dancing and having a cup of tea.

Masoud Faraki

Masoud Faraki

Research Fellow

Masoud Faraki is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision located at Monash University. Previously, he was a PhD candidate at the Australian National University (ANU) and at Data61 located at CSIRO, Canberra, Australia. His main research interests include machine learning and computer vision. He also holds a M.Sc. degree in artificial intelligence and a B.Sc. in computer software engineering.

Shelley Thomas

Shelley Thomas

Communications Specialist

Shelley joined the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision as Communications Specialist in July 2018. Convinced that everyone has a story to tell, she’s our resident ‘Chatbot’ of sorts. Shelley brings 30 years’ experience in media and communications to the Centre from diverse roles across Australia and overseas, including in England, Africa, Hong Kong and the Galápagos Islands. She’s a Star Wars (not Trekkie) fan and dreams of a real-word Rosey robot, capable of washing and ironing… autonomously! When not sharpening her pencil, Shelley loves getting outdoors (and photographing it) with best mate, black Labrador, Josie. If you’ve got a question about the Centre or looking for story inspo, get in contact. Shelley.Thomas@qut.edu.au P: +61 7 3138 3265 M: +61 (0)416 377 444

Michele Sasdelli

Michele Sasdelli

University of Adelaide

Michele Sasdelli’s original background is in physics. He studied and worked in five countries both in academic and industry environment. He was undergrad in Pisa, Italy with a prestigious scholarship. After graduation he moved to Germany for a PhD at the Max Planck Institute and TUM where he explored the use of machine learning to study supernova spectra and photometry. He worked as a postdoc at the Astrophysics Research Institute in Liverpool, focusing on deep learning applications. He was a research scientist at Cortexica Vision Systems, an AI company in London working on deep learning based algorithms for computer vision. His interests lie in fundamental machine learning questions for computer vision and astrophysics. He is a science enthusiast and firmly believes in cross-feeding between different research fields. He is now a Research Fellow at the ACRV at the university of Adelaide.


ACRV welcomes sponsors to ensure the continuing success of the RVSS and to enhance the future participation of the most highly skilled people in the community.  The annual RVSS provides an excellent opportunity for recruiting, branding, and networking with highly recognized academics and industry people.  If you are interested in further information please read the proposal for sponsorship of RVSS document available at this link: RVSS Sponsorship level

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