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Dr Michael Milford

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

Personal

Name
Dr Michael Milford
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Robotics and Aerospace Systems
Discipline *
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, Neurosciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 9969
Fax
+61 7 3138 1516
Email
Location
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Social Media
LinkedIn
Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

IEEE Member ARAA Member. For more information please see my group research page https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy/Michael+Milford or my Google Scholar page: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=TDSmCKgAAAAJ&hl=en

Keywords

Robotics, Mapping, Navigation, Localization, Computational Neuroscience, RatSLAM, SeqSLAM, Hippocampus, Entorhinal Cortex

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

Biography

I hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Mechanical and Space Engineering from the University of Queensland (UQ), awarded in 2006 and 2002 respectively. After a brief postdoc in robotics at UQ, I worked for three years at the Queensland Brain Institute as a Research Fellow on the Thinking Systems Project. In 2010 I moved to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to finish off my Thinking Systems postdoc, and then was appointed as a Lecturer in 2011. In 2012 I was awarded an inaugural Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, which provides me with a research-intensive fellowship salary and extra funding support for 3 years. In 2013 I became a Microsoft Faculty Fellow. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at QUT with a research focus, although I continue to teach Introduction to Robotics every year. My research interests include:

  • Vision-based mapping and navigation
  • Computational modelling of the rodent hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, especially with respect to mapping and navigation
  • Biologically inspired robot navigation and computer vision
  • Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM)
COMPETITIVE GRANTS
I have brought in almost $20,000,000 in competitive chief investigator / fellowship grant funding to date. The funding represents a mixture of sole investigator funding (fellowships), international, multidisciplinary collaborative grants and funding from industry.
  • Peter Corke, Ian Reid, Tom Drummond, Robert Mahony, Gordon Wyeth, Michael Milford , Ben Upcroft, Anton van den Hengel, Chunhua Shen, Richard Hartley, Hongdong Li, Stephen Gould, Gustavo Carneiro, Paul Newman, Philip Torr, Francois Chaumette, Frank Dellaert, Andrew Davison and Marc Pollefeys, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision, 2014-2020,$19,000,000
  • M. Milford, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship 2013-2014, $100,000
  • M. Milford, Equipment Grant, 2013, $11,600
  • M. Milford, ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2012-2014, “Visual navigation for sunny summer days and stormy winter nights”, $375,000
  • M. Milford, ARC Discovery Project Grant 2012-2014, “Brain-based Sensor Fusion for Navigating Robots”, $140,000
  • M. Milford, Small Teaching and Learning Grant, 2011-2012, “No Student Left Behind”, $5,500
  • M. Milford, Equipment Grant, 2012, $15,000
  • M. Milford, Early Career Academic Recruitment and Development (ECARD) Grant, 2011-2012, $15,000
  • M. Milford, Equipment Grant, 2011, $20,000
  • M. Milford, Staff Start Up Grant, 2007-2008, $11,000
This information has been contributed by Dr Michael Milford.

Teaching

Teaching

I teach ENB339 Introduction to Robotics in Semester 2 each year. In it we learn:

  • Robot construction, build a robot using Lego and the NXT controller brick
  • Fundamentals of robotics, how to control the end point of a simple robot arm and make it follow a path
  • Computer vision, how to interpret images to figure the size, shape and color of objects in the scene
  • Connect computer vision to robotics, make your robot move to objects of specific size, shape and color.
Teaching Grants
  • M. Milford, Small Teaching and Learning Grant, 2011-2012, “No Student Left Behind”, $5,500
This information has been contributed by Dr Michael Milford.

Experience

Collaborators

I am actively collaborating with or have collaborated with the following researchers and institutions from the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand and Australia:

  • Harvard University, United States
  • Boston University , United States
  • The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • The Australian National University, Australia
  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

Experience

I hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Mechanical and Space Engineering from the University of Queensland (UQ), awarded in 2006 and 2002 respectively. After a brief postdoc in robotics at UQ, I worked for three years at the Queensland Brain Institute as a Research Fellow on the Thinking Systems Project. In 2010 I moved to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to finish off my Thinking Systems postdoc, and then was appointed as a Lecturer in 2011. In 2012 I was awarded an inaugural Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, which provides me with a research-intensive fellowship salary and extra funding support for 3 years. In 2013 I became a Microsoft Faculty Fellow. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at QUT with a research focus, although I continue to teach Introduction to Robotics every year.

This information has been contributed by Dr Michael Milford.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2013
Details
Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, $100,000
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Ray Jarvis Best Paper Award "Towards Bio-inspired Place Recognition over Multiple Spatial Scales," Zetao Chen, Adam Jacobson, Ugur Murat Erdem, Michael Hasselmo and Michael Milford
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Best Paper Finalist "Towards Condition-Invariant, Top-Down Visual Place Recognition," Michael Milford, Walter Scheirer, Eleonora Vig and David Cox
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2013
Details
Czech Science Foundation reviewer for Research Grants
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2013
Details
Israeli Ministry of Science & Technology reviewer for Brain Research Infrastructure program grant reviewer
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Best Robot Vision Paper Award at the 2012 International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Best Paper Finalist Robotics Science and Systems Conference: Milford, M., "Visual Route Recognition with a Handful of Bits", Sydney, Australia, 2012.
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2012
Details
Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Reviewer for Discovery Grants
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2012
Details
Australian Research Council for Discovery Projects and Discovery Early Career Outstanding Researcher Fellowships
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2006
Details
Queensland Young Achiever of the Year (Science and Technology) The aims are objectives of the program are to: Acknowledge & highlight the achievements of young Australians. Educate the general public with examples of youth achievement. Encourage & motivate young Australians at all levels in their chosen field of endeavour. Develop a sense of pride in being an Australian. Build self-confidence through rewards for excellence. Provide role models & mentors for our youth by highlighting their achievements and the pursuit of excellence. Develop and encourage leadership and life skills in young Australians.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Visual Navigation for Sunny Summer Days and Stormy Winter Nights
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE120100995
Start year
2012
Keywords
Vision-Based Navigation, Robot Navigation, Change-Invariant
Title
Brain-based Sensor Fusion for Navigating Robots
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP120102775
Start year
2012
Keywords
Robotics, Sensor Fusion, Navigation, Brain-Based, Multisensory
Title
ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
CE140100016
Start year
2014
Keywords
Robotic Vision, Robotics, Computer Vision