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Past staff and students of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory

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    Clinton Roy Clinton worked as a software engineer for the Autonomous Systems Laboratory for three years from early 2007. During this time he contributed to wide range of field robotics projects, bringing an important test driven software development methodology to our robotics software and middleware platform. A strong advocate of Open Source Software, Clinton was a prime mover in making the robotics software framework DDX available under the GNU Lesser General Public License.

     

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    Polly Alexander Polly joined the Autonomous Systems Laboratory as a software engineer in 2005. She was responsible for setting up the interface hardware, software, and communications for the embedded systems on many of our robotics platforms - including the dragline, hot metal carrier, bobcat, rock breaker, and the small 'quokka' robots used in mobile sensing experiments. Polly was also involved in standardising and moderating our robotics software architectures and procedures, as well as supervising vacation students and fourth year student projects. Polly left CSIRO as a staff member at the end of 2009 in order to undertake a full time PhD at the University of Tasmania in the area of information-driven exploration by autonomous underwater vehicles. She is still associated with CSIRO and is co-supervised by Dr Paulo de Souza of the CSIRO Tasmainian ICT Centre.
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    Lennon Cork Lennon joined CSIRO in late 2007, working as a casual engineer in the area of mining automation before taking up a full-time position as a research engineer on the rotary UAV project in early 2008. Lennon's work focused on the integration of the helicopter avionics and the development of the helicopter's control system for the ARCAA Smart Skies project. His research focused on helicopter modeling, control and simulation, as well as UAV navigation and planning systems. Lennon moved to Insitu Pacific as a software engineer and payload integration specialist for the ScanEagle system in late 2009. He continues to work closely with ARCAA and on the Smart Skies Project.
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    Peter Corke Peter joined CSIRO in 1984 and was employee #2 in the Brisbane team, moving up from Melbourne in 1995. His research interests are primarily field robotics and vision-based control of robots and he worked on the early rock breaker, dragline, LHD, and explosive loading projects as well on the later gravity gradiometry project. Peter was a strong advocate of the group's expansion beyond mining applications, and he was a key contributor to the underwater robotics, flying robots and wireless sensor network projects. After the team joined the ICT Centre in 2004 Peter became the first research director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. He relinquished this role in 2007 to concentrate more fully on wireless sensor networks, leading the Sensors and Sensor Networks theme and its successor the Transformational Capability Platform. Peter left CSIRO at the end of 2009 to become professor of robotics at QUT.
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    Astrid Zeman Astrid joined the Autonomous Systems Lab in 2005 as part of the Distributed Intelligence team led by Mikhail Prokopenko. Her work focused on large-scale deployments of autonomous agents, decentralised and distributed algorithms, and pattern matching and prediction for time-series sensor data. Astrid left CSIRO in 2009 to commence a PhD in cognitive psychology at Macquarie University Cognitive Science Centre. She will be constructing and comparing methods to analyse temporal (MEG, EEG) and spatial data (fMRI). She will be working with Dr Anina Rich to apply this analysis to attention studies.
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    Daniel Fitzgerald Daniel Fitzgerald joined the UAV team in 2006. His research focused on the UAV forced landing problem, classification techniques using neural networks, and object/feature tracking for UAV inspection tasks with an overall focus on the issues involved with integrating UAVs into civilian airspace. Daniel joined Cyber Technology in Perth as a Senior Aerospace Avionics Engineer in 2009 where he continues his work with UAVs.
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    Stephen Nuske Stephen was a PhD student co-supervised by Jonathan Roberts (CSIRO) and Gordon Wyeth (University of Queensland). Stephen's work focussed on the development of vison-based localisation systems for mobile vehicles operating in natural (uncontrolled) lighting conditions. He completed his PhD in October 2008 and joined the Field Robotics Center at CMU as a Post Doctoral Fellow.
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    Sunil K Kopparapu Sunil was the first Post Doctoral Fellow of the lab (1997 to 2000), back when it was known as the Automation Group. He came to Brisbane after completing his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay, India. His research work at CSIRO focussed on image processing and 3D vision problems, in particular camera calibration. Sunil is currently a senior scientist at the Cognitive Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL), TCS Innovation Labs in Mumbai, India where he is working in speech, script, image and natural language processing.
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    Frédéric Moster Fred completed a student internship at the Autonomous Systems Laboratory in 2006, working for one year on WiFi-based localisation technique for autonomous industrial ground vehicles. He moved back to France to graduate from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, and has been working since then in software development for airline IT solutions.
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    Guillaume Salagnac Guillaume joined the Sensor Networks group in the Autonomous Systems Laboratory as a Post Doctoral Fellow in September 2008. His research focused on high-level programming for sensor networks, in particular on a java-based virtual machine called Darjeeling that runs on the sensor nodes. He also worked on energy-efficient localization through multi-sensor fusion. Guillaume left CSIRO in July 2009 to take up a position in INSA, Lyon as an Assistant Professor.
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    Cedric Pradalier Cedric joined us as a Post Doctoral Fellow from INRIA Rhone-Alpes in 2005. During this time Cedric applied his expertise in computer vision, control system architecture, mission management and shared control to many robotics projects including the Hot Metal Carrier heavy industrial robot, an automated tractor trailer system and the Starbug autonomous submarine. In 2008, Cedric moved back to Europe to take up a position as a Senior Research Scientist with the Autonomous System Lab at ETH Zürich, where he is now Deputy Director.
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    Volker Hilsenstein Volker joined the Autonomous Systems Lab in 2009 as a research scientist following a post-doc position with CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences. His research interests are in imaging and computer vision, and his work at CSIRO concentrated on the development of an underwater video sensor for prawn farming, a collaboration with the Tasmanian ICT Centre. Volker also contributed to several other projects that involved vision systems in uncontrolled outdoor environments including on autonomous helicopters and insect traps. Volker left CSIRO in 2012 to take up a position in microscope automation and image analysis at the EMBL Advanced Light Microscopy Facility in Heidelberg, Germany.
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    Graeme Winstanley Graeme has the honour of being staff member No.1 at the Autonomous Systems Laboratory, joining CSIRO from Queensland University of Technology in 1993. Graeme's research interests were primarily in computer vision and the group which he formed was originally know as the Machine Vision Lab. Graeme remained a key member of the research group for 14 years, leading a number of highly successful projects including three dragline automation projects and the autonomous hot metal carrier project. Graeme left CSIRO in late 2007 to work as a mining automation consultant to industry.
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    Navid Nourani Navid joined the Autonomous Systems Laboratory in 2006 to do research on coverage algorithms as part of his Masters thesis. After concluding his Masters he continued on as a research engineer in the lab. During that time, he worked on the deployment of the Hot Metal Carrier at the Rio Tinto aluminium smelter in north Tasmania and researched vision algorithms. He also worked on sensor networks before starting on his PhD in collaboration with the Biorobotics lab at the University of Queensland. Navid left CSIRO in 2011 to join the Australian Centre for Field Robotics as a Postdoctoral fellow where he is conducting research in underwater vision systems.
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    Niels Brouwers — Niels completed a student internship at CSIRO during 2007, during which time he was fundamental in the development of Darjeeling, a Java compatible virtual machine for microcontrollers. He returned to the Netherlands to graduate (with honours) from the Delft University of Technology.
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    Kane Usher Kane joined CSIRO as a PhD student (enrolled at the Queensland University of Technology) in 2001 and was awarded his PhD titled "Visual homing for a car-like vehicle" in mid-2005.  He continued his research as a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Autonomous Systems Laboratory for a time until being appointed a Senior Research Scientist in late 2006 working in the area of mining robotics. Kane left CSIRO in 2007 to pursue his career in large equipment automation in the mining and civil engineering industries.
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    Sebastian Ourselin Sebastian founded the biomedical imaging group (BioMedIA Lab) at CSIRO in 2003 which was part of the Autonomous Systems Lab at its inception. The group was transferred to the eHealth Research Centre in 2007 and Sebastian left to take an appointment as a Reader at University College London in late 2007.
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