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Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Robotics and Autonomous Systems

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Name
Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer, UAV
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Discipline *
Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 1363
Fax
+61 7 3138 1469
Email
Location
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Social Media
LinkedIn
Qualifications

PhD in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Sydney), Private Pilot Licence (PPL) (Other), Chartered Professional Engineer (Other)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Engineers Australia -Chartered Engineer
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME),
  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

Keywords Optimization, Remote Sensing, UAV, Unmanned Aerial Systems,  Plant biosecurity, Remote Sensing, Flight Mechanics and Control, Multidisciplinary Optimization

Keywords

Remote Sensing, UAV, UAS, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Bioinspired Optimisation, Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation, Optimisation, drones, wildlife monitoring, precision agriculture

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Gonzalez is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (ECCS), Science and Engineering Faculty with a passion for innovation in the fields of aerial robotics and automation. He is an acknowledged disruptive thinker, with a reputation for finding novel solutions to complex problems. He creates aerial robots that possess a high level of cognition using efficient on-board computer algorithms using advanced optimization and game theory approaches. These robots assist us to understand and improve our physical and natural world.

Dr Gonzalez is also Theme Leader for UAVs in Remote Sensing ( Environmental Monitoring, Agriculture, Plant biosecurity) Theme — Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) and a Research affiliate with the IntelliSensing platform of QUT’s Institute for Future Environments (IFE)
He is the co-author of a highly regarded monograph on evolutionary optimization and game strategies (published by Springer in 2015) and as of 2015 has published nearly 100 papers.
To date Dr Gonzalez has been awarded $9.1M in chief investigator / partner investigator grants ($6.5M total cash + in-kind contributions). This grant income represents a mixture of sole investigator funding, international, multidisciplinary collaborative grants and funding from industry.
Since his appointment as ARCAA’s Remote Sensing Leader (inJanuary2014) he has been awarded $1.74M in research grant funding.
He is also a Chartered Professional Engineer, Engineers Australia – National Professional Engineers Register (NPER), a Member Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), The IEEE, merican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Holder of a current Australian Private Pilot Licence (CASA PPL)
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez.

Teaching

Senior Lecturer School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science QUT.

My teaching style is engaging but challenges the students to think for themselves. I consistently achieve excellent student evaluations (average 4.0 at QUT) and have taught a number of topics within electrical and aerospace and software engineering and receive positive comments about my teaching delivery.

My commitment to learning and teaching lies in the strong belief that students gain key skills by investigating open-ended problems that do not have one solution. This encourages peer  communication,
thinking “outside the box”, and providing the opportunity to continuously question.

I have taught the following units since being at USYD and QUT

  • Advanced System Design-(2008-2013)  Student evaluation of teaching scores  =  4.4
  • Introduction to System Design (2010-2013)  Student evaluation of teaching scores = 4.4
  • Systems Design(2010-2012) Student evaluation of teaching scores  = 4.0 /5.0
  • Aircraft Systems and Flight Control(2007-2013) Student evaluation of teaching scores  >  4.1
  • Modern Flight Control (2007-2011)  Student evaluation of teaching scores  > 4.2

The University of Sydney:

  • Engineering optimisation (2006)  Student evaluation of teaching scores  > 4.0 /5.0
  • Aerospace Propulsion(2006)  Student evaluation of teaching scores  > 4.0 /5.0
  • Aerodynamics (2006)   Student evaluation of teaching scores  > 4.0 /5.0
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez.

Experience

Experience Research 

  • Since graduating from my PhD in 2006, I have focused my research on addressing the challenges in the design, autonomy, sensor integration for UAVs  used for remote sensing and  environmental  monitoring.

 

Precision Agriculture and Biosecurity  I lead the following project within ARCAA

  • PBCRC2135 – Optimising Surveillance Protocols Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (2015-2017). This project will investigate the sensitivities and capacity of emerging unmanned aerial systems (UASs) and imaging technologies for biosecurity surveillance in viticulture, horticultural and grain industries.
  • Evaluation of UAVs for Weed detection including buffel grass at ARCAA ( 2014-2015)
  • Evaluation of UAVs for Insect Damage in Shorgum
  • Evaluation of UAVsRust in Oats
  •  PB CRC 5055  Evaluating UAV’s for plant biosecurity (2013-2014) : An ARCAA /QUT/PBCRC to evaluate the use  of UAVs for plant bisoecutiry Dr Gonzalez’s contribution to this project is focused on the leadership aspects of the problem.
  • PBCRC 3032 Flying spore trap project (2009-2010). This project was a scoping study to determine the potential of using an unmanned aerial vehicle, fitted with a spore trap, to detect and monitor spores of plant pathogens. The aim was to develop a sampling system that would have the ability to spatially monitor fungal spores, and protocols to interpret their spatial distribution. This tool will greatly enhance the ability to detect new incursions of fungal pathogens and to enable more accurate delimiting of distribution. The technology will allow for earlier detection of harmful plant pest or disease incursions in difficult areas and provide efficient and effective airborne surveillance. My contribution to this project is focused on the software, hardware design and leadership aspects of the problem

Wildlife conservationI lead the following project within ARCAA

  • Koala Rescu (2014-ongoing)   The aim of this project is to explore Bayesian statistical modelling, artificial intelligence, wireless technology and the use of UAVs to improve the accuracy of population estimates of wildlife.

  Gas Sensing Applications 

  • I lead the The Green Falcon Solar Powered UAV for Fire Prevention and Planning (2011-ongoing). This significant technological outcome was awarded the gold medal from the International Federation of Inventors Association and second prize in the EDN Innovation awards for embedded systems design and the gold medal, the innovation iENA 2011 Gold Medal The design was selected to be exhibited at the Melbourne Museum form November 2009 to February 2010.I instigated the project and am the  lead researcher.
  • Green Falcon II

 Enabling Technoilogies Advanced Autonomy,  and advanced Path Planning Tools for UASs :  EAs, RRT, MDP, POMDP

  • I am a PI on the enhanced Flight assist System (eFAS) for automated Aerial Survey of Powerline Networks  The CRCSI Project 4.3.1 enhanced Flight Assist System (eFAS) project extends the 2D aircraft flight path planning, data capture and flight assist concepts developed under CRCSI Project 6.07 and Project 9.07 to an active 3D capability. This enables automated and optimised flight management and planning for large-scale infrastructure aerial surveys. This work also makes a step towards fully autonomous aerial survey with UAVs where a complete 3D planning and automated flight capability is required.
  • I was a PI on the The Smart Skies project (2007-2010). This research program was dedicated to future national airspace technologies with partners in the Queensland State Government, Boeing Research and Technology, and the CSIRO (see http://www.smartskies.com.au/).Dr Gonzalez was a core member of the project. For this work, ARCAA/QUT was awarded a 2010 Engineers Australia (Queensland Division) Excellence Award in the category of Control Systems, Networks, Information Processing and Telecommunications, and a 2010 Business/Higher Education Round Table Award in the category of Best Research & Development Collaboration. I was  the research leader for the characterisation of the hardware based solution for the common information network in regards to manned and unmanned aerial systems.    
  • Hierarchical asynchronous parallel evolutionary algorithms for high altitude long endurance UAV design optimisation This project focussed on developing the theory and practical application of Hierarchical Asynchronous Parallel Multi-objective Evolutionary Algorithms (HAPMOEA) for Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO) in Aeronautics and specifically to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The project developed and advanced methodology and its coupling of aero structural analysis tools. Results will indicate the practicality and robustness of the method in finding optimal solutions and Pareto trade-offs between drag and weight by producing a set of non- dominated individuals from which the designer can choose.
  •  Meta-model assisted evolutionary algorithms and grid computing  During the 21st Century COE Scholarship at Tohoku University in Japan I led to the development of a novel Kriging/Response Surface approximation Technique integration with a robust evolutionary optimiser for the design and optimisation of aeronautical systems.
  • QUT Search and rescue UAV 2007-2013: This project consisted on developing five fully autonomous Search and Rescue UAV  (SRAUV) for the UAV Outback Challenge Competitions (2007, 2008,2009,2010,2011). (Funding: 2011 – $24,000, 2010 – $16,000, 2009 – $17,000, 2008 – $24,000, 2007- $30,000).
Scientific community service
  • Conference Session Chair for ICAS, AIAC, ACRA
  • Reviewer of the following journals:
  • Progress in Aerospace Sciences IF 2.396, Journal Rank 1,
  • Structural and Multi disciplinary Design Optimization,
  • Aeronautical Journal,
  • AIAA Journal of Aircraft

Conference Technical committee:

  • AIAC15,  AIAC14

Workshops:

  • co-chaired the UAV Rotorcraft session at ICAS 2012, Brisbane, Australia,  2012,
  • co-organised  the  Workshop on Unmanned systems for Environmental and Mining applications Melbourne, Australian August

 Service Experience QUT Administration

  • Study Area Coordinator Aerospace Avionics ( QUT, 2007-2011) (2013-ongoing)
  • Teaching and Learning Aerospace Leader 2010-2011

Community engagement

  • Aviation Careers Expo
  • Australian Youth Aerospace Forum
  • QUT Aviation Gateway Schools
  • Boeing / QUT Steering Committee
  • Aerospace Studies Industry Reference Group Meeting
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
iENA 2011 Gold Medal and certificate fro Green Falcon II
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Vice-Chancellor¿s Award for Excellence 2011
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Certificate for outstanding achievement in world competition of green invention
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Australia wide, EDN Innovation Design award for Green Falcon Solar Powered UAV.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
Introduction to Optimization and Multidisciplinary Design - Applications to Aeronautics and turbomachinery, March 6-10 2006VON KARMAN INSTITUTE FOR FLUID DYNAMICSThe Lecture Series Directors and Coordinators are Prof. J. Périaux, CIMNE/UPC Barcelona and Prof. H. Deconinck, VKI.
Type
Other
Reference year
2016
Details
CPENG Chartered Prefesiional Engineer, Engineers Australia and NPER since 2008
Type
Other
Reference year
2010
Details
Private Pilot Licence Airplane (PPL-A)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
VC¿s Performance Fund Award 2009
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2009
Details
Visiting fellowship at CIMNE - International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering to developed advanced optimisation methods in Aeronautics.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
Invited Speaker:EUROGEN 2007, ECCOMAS Thematic Conference, Evolutionary and Deterministic Methods for Design, Optimization and Controlwith Applications to Industrial and Societal ProblemsJyväskylä, Finland, June 11 -13, 2007,

Supervision