Principal Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology
Talk Title: Robot vision to action in the wild – challenges and opportunities for vision in natural environments
Abstract: Robotic systems that operate in natural environments have physical and operational challenges which can make even the best vision algorithms impractical or fail drastically. This talk will explore some of these challenges and share experiences in deploying robot vision systems for underwater and on-surface object classification, target detection, visibility enhancement and visual odometry. It will also highlight some challenges and opportunities for the wider adoption and integration of robotic systems into long-term environmental monitoring and management programs.
Bio: Matthew Dunbabin is a Principal Research Fellow (Autonomous Systems) at the Queensland University of Technology and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision. After completed a Ph.D. from QUT in 2002, he became a Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO Autonomous Systems Laboratory. His research focused on the development of vision-enabled field robotic platforms for application to large-scale marine habitat, aquatic, and greenhouse gas monitoring until moving to QUT in 2013. He has wide research interests including vision-based navigation, adaptive sampling and path planning, cooperative robotics, and robot and sensor network interactions. A strong advocate of robotic systems in civilian applications and for protection of the environment, Matthew is involved in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting, educating and demonstrating autonomous systems to a range of interest groups nationally and internationally.