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Professor Gordon Wyeth

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Personal

Name
Professor Gordon Wyeth
Position(s)
Head of School
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Discipline *
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Phone
+61 7 3138 2415
Fax
+61 7 3138 1516
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), GCEd(HigherEd) (University of Queensland), BEng(CompSys)(Hons) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Fellow, Engineers Australia
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • Member, Australian Robotics and Automation Association
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Broad Area of Research: Smart Systems

Main Areas of Research

Biologically Inspired Navigation

We have developed biologically inspired robot navigation algorithms that outperform state-of-the-art algorithms for vision based navigation. Recent results in outdoor experiments demonstrated our system mapping an entire suburb in real time from a single webcam, while indoor experiments have demonstrated autonomous operation of an office delivery robot over a two week period. Not only does the research offer technology breakthroughs for robotics, it also provides valuable insight into the nature of navigation in biological organisms.

Domestic and Office Robots

We are pursuing new ideas that enable robots to operate as cooperative partners in domestic setting. Building on our work with navigation, we have developed systems for intelligent communication and reasoning about space and objects. The emerging generation of domestic and office robots also require new thinking for mechatronic systems that enhance the safety, efficiency and utility of manipulation and movement. Our research is producing new deployable technologies for domestic robotics, and offering key insights into the science of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Grants

2009 – 2012

  • $200,000 – Talking with Robots: Evolving Grounded Language for Embodied Agents, ARC Discovery.

2008 – 2009

  • $18,000 – Robotics for Musical Instruments, NICTA.

2006 – 2011

  • $4.75 million – Thinking Systems: Navigating Through Real and Conceptual Spaces, ARC SRI.

2006 – 2007

  • $72,000 – Robotics Education for Regional and Rural Queensland, ASISTM.

2005 – 2007

  • $207,000 – Enhancing Intelligent Robot Navigation with the Evolution of a Robot-Friendly Language, ARC Discovery.

2005 – 2007

  • $33,000 – Vision Techniques for Outdoor Robots, CSIRO.

2005

  • $156,000 – Robot Arm for Video Screen Manipulation, SAP.
  • $26,000 – Travel Support for RoboCup 2005, RoboCup Federation.

2004 – 2006

  • $33,000 – Humanoid Robot Pose Estimation using Inertial Measurement and Machine Vision, CSIRO.

2004 – 2005

  • $14,000 – Active Seat Suspension for Mining Trucks,Chaseling –McGiffin.

2003 – 2004

  • $90,000 – Robot Navigation From Nature: Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping Based On Hippocampal Models, ARC Discovery.

2002 – 2004

  • $33,000 – Machine Learning for Autonomous Helicopters, CSIRO.

2001

  • $70,000 – Infrastructure Support for Mobile Robots, RIBG.

Awards and Recognitions

Paper Awards

  • 2008: Best Paper: Maddern W. and Wyeth G. “Development of a Hemispherical Compound Eye for Egomotion Estimation,” Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2008), Canberra, Australia, December 2008.
  • 2007: Runner-up Best Paper: M. J. Milford and  G. Wyeth, “Spatial Mapping and Map Exploitation: a Bio-Inspired Engineering Perspective”, International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2007), Melbourne, Australia,  September 2007.
  • 2003: Best Paper: Prasser D. and Wyeth G.F. “Laboratory Vision System for Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping,” International Conference on  Autonomous Minirobots for Research and Edutainment (AMiRE2003) Brisbane, Australia, February 2003.

Career History

2010 – Present: Professor, Queensland University of Technology

2007: Visiting Professor, University of Nottingham

2000 – 2009: Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland

1994 – 1999: Lecturer, University of Queensland

This information has been contributed by Professor Gordon Wyeth.

Teaching

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Advanced Robotics and Control
  • Biorobotics
  • Introduction to Control Engineering
  • Advanced Control Engineering
  • Circuits, Signals and Systems
  • Advanced Games Programming
  • Neural Networks
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Project
  • Team Project I
  • Team Project II
  • Mechatronic System Design Project I
  • Mechatronic System Design Project II
This information has been contributed by Professor Gordon Wyeth.

Experience

External Collaborations

  • CSIRO
  • SAP
  • NICTA
  • ASISTM
  • Queensland Brain Institute
  • University of Nottingham

Professional Service

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineerings (IEEE)

  • 2010: Chairman, IEEE Control Systems / Robotics and Automation Queensland Chapter

Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA)

  • 2004 – 2006: President, Australian Robotics and Automation Association
  • 2002 – 2003: Vice President, Australian Robotics and Automation Association

RoboCup International

  • 2002: Chairman, RoboCup International Rules Committee
  • 2000: RoboCup Soccer RoboCup Small Size League Chair
  • 2000 – 2005: RoboCup International Rules Committee
  • 2000 – 2001: RoboCup Executive

RoboCup Junior

  • 2003 – 2004: RoboCup Junior Australian Open, General Chair
  • 2001 – 2002: Chairman, RoboCup Junior Queensland Executive, RoboCup Junior Australia Executive, RoboCup Junior Queensland Open, General Chair

Conference Service

  • 2010: General Chair, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Program Committee, Robotics, Science and Systems (RSS)
  • 2005: Organising Committee, Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning (IDEAL)
  • 2005 – 2010: Program Committee, IEEE Int Conf on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
  • 2003, 2005: Program Committee, Int Conf on Autonomous MiniRobots in Edutainment
  • 2002 – 2010: Program Committee, Int Conf on Robotic Systems (IROS)
  • 2000 – 2008: Program Committee, International RoboCup Symposium, Program Committee, Australasian Conf on Robotics and Automation (ACRA)
  • 1999, 2003: Co-Chair, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation

Invited Talks

International

2010

  • “Using Models of Rodent Hippocampus for Robot Navigation”, Carnegie-Mellon University Qatar, Doha.

2009

  • “Lifelong Robot Navigation based on Cognitive Models”, International Symposium of Robotics Research, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2007

  • “RatSLAM: A System for Vision Based Robot Navigation”, Robotics Research Group, Oxford University.
  • “Biologically Inspired Navigation”, Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics, University of Sussex.
  • “Hippocampal Models for Robot Navigation”, Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour, University of Edinburgh.
  • “Spatial Cognition for Robots”, Computer Science Seminar, University of Birmingham.
  • “From Rats to Robots and Back Again”, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading.
  • “Robust Robot Navigation based on a Rat’s Brain”, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE / University of Bristol.
  • “Robotics at the University of Queensland”, Computer Science Seminars, University of Essex.

2003:

  • “The GuRoo Humanoid Robot”, Advanced Course in Artificial Intelligence (ACAI), Bremen, Germany.

National

2006

  • “Advances in Australian Robotics”, Forum on Future Robotics Technologies, Edinburgh, South Australia.

2004

  • “Robotics and Education”, Queensland ICT Awards, Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane.
  • “Robotics in Australian Schools and Society”, ITOK Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • “RatSLAM: Robot Navigation Based on Rat Brain Models”, Engineers Australia Awards, IEAust House, Brisbane.

2003

  • “Robotics for Primary Education”, Primary Science Innovation Conference, Bardon Conference Centre, Brisbane.
This information has been contributed by Professor Gordon Wyeth.

Publications


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

Research projects

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

Title
Robotics for zero-tillage agriculture
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP110200375
Start year
2012
Keywords
Robotics, Broad Acre Agriculture, Zero Tillage, Weed Control
Title
Thinking Systems: Navigating Through Real and Conceptual Spaces
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
TS0669699
Start year
2006
Keywords
Title
Lifelong Robotic Navigation Using Visual Perception
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP110103006
Start year
2011
Keywords
Robotics, Computer Vision, Visual Mapping, Visual Navigation
Title
Talking with Robots: Evolving Grounded Language for Embodied Agents
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0987078
Start year
2009
Keywords
Development Robotics, Human Robot Interaction, Evolution of Grounded Language