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Dr Troy Bruggemann
Senior Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Electrical Engineering & Robotics
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Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Engineering (Queensland University of Technology)


UAV, Aerospace, Control Systems, Navigation, Optimization, Path Planning, Robotics, GPS, Swarms, Cooperative Control

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


Dr Bruggemann holds B.Eng., M.Eng. and PhD degrees in aerospace avionics engineering. His early work included GPS precision navigation and timing development for satellites and rockets, where he developed Australia’s first GPS receiver for space with the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems. This was followed by researching low-cost primary GPS and inertial multi-sensor navigation system architectures for general aviation with Airservices Australia and GPSat Systems.

From 2009-2014 he researched and developed critical and enabling flight control and planning technology for the Fugro ROAMES project, enabling reliable, accurate and efficient low-altitude airborne surveys of large-scale (150,000 km long) powerline infrastructure networks  air using high-resolution laser scanners. This saves $40 M per annum to Queensland and also operates internationally.  This work has been assessed as having high impact (their highest rating) in the Australian Research Council’s 2018 Engagement and Impact exercise. The work also contributed to the ROAMES system winning a UK Network Game changer Award, a US International Edison Award, a Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards, JM (Mac) Seriser Award.

He has held a QLD State Government Science and Innovation Accelerate Fellowship grant sponsored by Boeing Defense which investigated integrating multiple UAVs into civil airspace for commercial and societal benefit.  He is currently researching uncertain and complex integrated dynamical systems with Defence Science and Technology. He has worked on various applied and commercial research projects including cost-benefit analysis for satellite navigation systems,  airborne collision avoidance, flight planning evaluation, data analytics for agriculture, and inverse optimal control. His research interests include automation and control systems, path planning and optimization, complex systems and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM).

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Lectures in the areas of autonomous systems and aerospace avionics.

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Research Experience

  • Senior Research Fellow, QUT (2018-2020) –  Uncertainty Quantification and Complex Systems.  Collaborators: Defence Science and Technology Group
  • Senior Research Fellow, QUT (2018) –  Data Analytics for Irrigation Agriculture.  Topics: Data Analytics. Collaborators: The Yield Technology Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Senior Research Fellow, QUT (2017) –  Investigating how bees track and intercept moving targets. Topics: Flight control, optimization
  • Research Fellow, QUT (2017) – Academic lead on flight planning evaluation. Topics: Flight planning, optimization. Collaborators: Fugro ROAMES, Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
  • Research Fellow, QUT (2014-2017) – a QLD State Government Science and Innovation Accelerate Fellowship grant to research solutions to the problem of safely scaling up multi-UAV operations to one human operating many UAVs for applications benefiting society. Topics: Unmanned Aircraft Systems, multi-UAV control and planning, swarming. Collaborators: Boeing Defence Australia
  • Research Fellow, QUT (2009-2014)  – researching powerline inspection with UAVs and highly automated manned aircraft for inspecting Ergon Energy’s entire 150,000 km long powerline network in Queensland. Topics: Unmanned Aircraft Systems, general aviation, aircraft flight control and path planning, powerline inspection. Collaborators: Ergon Energy, Fugro ROAMES, Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
  • PhD, QUT (2005-2009) – investigating sole-means aircraft-based GPS augmentation for high integrity navigation. Topics: general aviation, GPS augmentation systems, aerodynamics, multi-sensor fusion, fault detection and isolation. Collaborators: Airservices Australia, GPSat Systems Pty Ltd
  • Masters, QUT (2003-2004) – developing GPS receivers to enable cm-precision navigation and timing for highly dynamic applications including satellites and rockets. Collaborators: Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems, Australian Space Research Institute, Ukrainian Youth Aerospace Association

Professional Experience

  • Senior Project Officer, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (2014)  – Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Technical Consultant, Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (2014) – intellectual property, patents
  • Project Officer, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (2007) – Space-based augmentation systems, cost benefit analysis

Teaching Experience

  • Senior Lecturer, QUT (2020) – Unmanned Aircraft, Mechatronics
  • Lecturer, QUT (2013, 2016-2019) – Autonomous Systems, Aviation Systems, Aircraft Systems and Flight, Unmanned Aircraft, Mechatronics
  • Sessional Academic, QUT (2003-2009) – Aircraft Navigation Systems
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Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Vice Chancellors Performance Award
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Queensland Government Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation Accelerate Fellowship Award
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Vice Chancellors Performance Award
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Vice Chancellor's Team Award for Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievements in research, partnerships and engagement

Research projects

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

Development of a High Integrity Airborne Navigation Sensor for Aviation Communities Using Terrestrial Based Infrastructure
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Satellite Navigation; GPS; Navigation Integrity; Aviation Safety; Integrated Navigation Systems; MEMS;