- Professor Jonathan Roberts
- Professor in Robotics
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - IPTM
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- Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
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PhD (University of Southhampton)
- Professional memberships
- Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE
- Member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
- Member of Australian Robotics and Automation Association (President 2007 and 2008)
Jonathan is a Professor in Robotics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is a Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV), and is currently QUT’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Discipline Leader. His main research interests are in the areas of Field Robotics, Medical Robotics, Performance Robotics and more recently Design Robotics.
Jonathan 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.
Jonathan was a co-inventor of the UAV Challenge Outback Rescue, an international flying robot competition in which teams search for a lost bushwalker using autonomous robotic aircraft, and he is still an active leader of the challenge today and has featured on BBC International News in 2014 and 2016 talking about the event. In 2013 he and his research team won the Australia and New Zealand Internet Award for Innovation for their Museum Robot project. This project deployed two mobile robots in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and continues to be used by remote school students to visit the museum with an educator guide, on a weekly basis. In 2013 Jonathan made international news by being the first person to 3D map the interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa using his team’s Zebedee mobile mapping system. He continues to have an interest in the use of robotics technology for the use in documenting and protecting important cultural heritage sites. His team’s mapping of Fort Lytton in Brisbane in conjunction with Queensland Parks and The University of Queensland was the first Australian heritage site to be archived on CyArk, the international digital cultural heritage database.
In 2017, Jonathan became a Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. He and his team were also awarded an Australia-India Strategic Research Fund project in 2017 to develop new vision technologies for minimally invasive knee surgery. 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).
Jonathan is a frequent contributor to The Conversation where he writes on many topics related to robotics and the use of technology in society.
- 2017 – present: Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
- 2014 – present: Professor in Robotics, Queensland University of Technology
- 2013 – 2014: Research Program Leader Autonomous Systems, CSIRO Computational Informatics
- 2009 – 2013: Research Director, Autonomous Systems Lab, CSIRO ICT Centre and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA)
- 2004 – 2009: Principal Research Scientist & Science Leader Robotics, CSIRO ICT Centre
- 2001 – 2004: Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology
- 1995 – 2001: Research Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing Science and Technology
- 1994: PhD full-time postgraduate, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Southampton, UK
- 1991-1993: Research Assistant, Southampton Novel Architecture Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK.
Significant Professional Achievements
- 2015-present Senior Editor of IEEE Journal of Robotics and Automation Letters
- 2014 CSIRO Science Excellence Medal – The Zebedee Team
- 2014 Co-Editor of International Journal of Field Robotics (JFR) Special Issue on UAVs
- 2013 General Chair of International Conference on Field and Service Robotics
- 2010 – present Chair of the Steering Committee of UAV Challenge Outback Rescue
- 2006 – present Member of editorial board, International Journal of Field Robotics (JFR)
- 2010 – 2012 Video Editor of IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine
- 2007 – present Member of International Programme Committee, Field and Service Robotics (FSR)
- 2007 – 2008 President of Australian Robotics & Automation Association (ARAA)
- 2007 – 2009 Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine
- 2007 Member of International Programme Committee, IEEE/RSJ InternationalConference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
- 2007 – 2011 Member of International Programme Committee, IEEE International Conference onRobotics and Automation (ICRA)
- 2007 Member of International Programme Committee, International Conference onAdvanced Robotics (ICAR)
- 2007 Member of International Programme Committee, Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles(IAV)
- 2006 Editor, International Journal of Field Robotics (JFR) Special Issue on UAVs
- 2005 – 2006 Vice-president of Australian Robotics & Automation Association (ARAA)
- 2005 Publicity co-chair, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots andSystems (IROS)
- 2005 Member of International Programme Committee, IEEE International Conference onRobotics and Automation (ICRA)
- 2005 Local arrangements co-chair, Field and Service Robotics (FSR)
- 2003 Co-chair, Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation (ACRA)
- 1999 Co-chair, Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation (ACRA)
- Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=1e_R-xoAAAAJ
- Method and system for machinery control, Inventors: Peter Corke, Jonathan Roberts, Publication date 2011/5/5/, Patent office US Application number US20110106384 A1
- Digital terrain mapping with GPS and laser system, Inventors: Jonathan Michael Roberts, Graeme John Winstanley, Publication date 2007/10/4, Patent office US Application number 12515279
- A system for Relative Vehicle Navigation, Inventors: Elliot Stanley Duff, Jonathan Michael Roberts, Peter Ian Corke, Jock Bernard Cunningham, Publication date 2002/5/15 Patent office EP Patent number 1204905
EGB220 Mechatronics Project 1 (Semester 1) This is a project unit with a hands-on introduction to mechatronics. You will be introduced to the basic concepts in mechatronics, focusing on the mechanics, electronics, and embedded software principles. The unit focuses on the research, design, and implementation of a mechatronic product to conform to a customer’s needs. The learning outcomes relate to how to work in an effective team.
EGB346 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Semester 2) This unit introduces you to unmanned aircraft systems which builds upon your knowledge gained in aircraft systems and flight, and applies it to the field of unmanned aircraft systems. In this unit, you will apply principles of aircraft systems understanding in the context of unmanned aircraft systems, identify and analyse the context and implications of unmanned systems in the airspace environment, and apply a risk based approach to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. Completion of this unit equips you with the knowledge and skill to undertake advanced unmanned aircraft systems.
EGB339 Introduction to Robotics (Semester 2) This unit introduces you to the components, systems and mathematical foundations of robotics. The unit introduces the technologies and methods used in the design and programming of modern intelligent robots, and encourages critical thinking about the use of robotic technologies in various applications. The unit emphasises the practical application of robotic theory to the design and synthesis of robotic systems that respond accurately and repeatably.
- Saripalli S, Roberts J, Corke P, Buskey G, Sukhatmeli G, (2003) A tale of two helicopters, Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Volume 1 p805-810
- Roberts J, Corke P, Buskey G, (2003) Low-cost flight control system for a small autonomous helicopter, Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Volume 1 p546-551
- Dunbabin MD, Roberts J, Usher K, Winstanley G, Corke P, (2005) A hybrid AUV design for shallow water reef navigation, Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2005 p2105-2110
- Hrabar S, Sukhatmeli G, Corke P, Usher K, Roberts J, (2005) Combined optic-flow and stereo-based navigation of urban canyons for a UAV, Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems p3309-3316
- Nourani-Vatani N, Roberts J, Srinivasan M, (2009) Practical visual odometry for car-like vehicles, Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) p3551-3557
- Clothier RA, Walker RA, Baumeister R, Brunig M, Roberts J, Duggan A, Wilson M, (2011) The smart skies project, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine p14-23
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Awards and recognition
- Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
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- Senior Editor
- Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
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- Member of Editorial Board
- Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
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- General Chair
- Appointment to Prestigious Positions
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