Technical Tours

The following Technical Tours will be available as options in the registration form shortly. Please register early as there is limited capacity for all tours. Technical Tours are open to participants across all registration categories. The tour itineraries are subject to changes.

Monday 21 May 2018


The University of Queensland Labs

Friday 25 May 2018

Port of Brisbane – Patricks Terminal

Queensland University of Technology Labs

Specific details on the time, cost, inclusions and maximum tour capacity will be available shortly. 

CSIRO’s Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies

The technical tour to the CSIRO’s Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) in Pullenvale will consist of visits to the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group, The Distributed Sensing Systems Group as well as the Remote Management Centre.

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group at CSIRO is one of the leading robotics research groups in the world conducting foundational and applied research for a broad range of domains. These include agriculture, advanced manufacturing, mining, biodiversity and biosecurity, environmental research and monitoring, cultural heritage and online learning. The group has a long track record on field robotics applications and is a pioneer in mobile Lidar based 3D SLAM technology. The Group has approximately 40 researchers and engineers along with extensive laboratory facilities and research equipment.

The Distributed Sensing Systems Group is one of the leading large-scale sensing groups in the world focusing on sustainable data acquisition from wireless sensors distributed over large spatial scales. It involves data captured from sensors through every day devices, such as mobile or smart phone, and purpose-built devices for data collection from the natural or built environments. Technologies developed by the DSS Group have been deployed at continental scale in Australia, and across six continents on a broad range of environmental, agricultural, and industrial applications.

The Remote Management Centre (RMC) is a visualization laboratory focusing on improving safety, productivity and sustainability by applying tele-technologies in the areas of operation, supervision, collaboration and assistance. The application of these technologies involves fundamental and applied research into Human Systems Integrations (HSI). The lab features a 6m cylindrical display system, a 4m dome display system, a 10-channel spatial sound system and many other immersive Mixed, Augmented and Virtual Reality devices.

The tour will give you an opportunity to see robots, sensing and visualization technologies in action as well as get a good understanding about the technologies underpinning them through a series of demos and displays.

The University of Queensland Labs

The ITEE Robotics Design Lab studies how robotic systems can be designed holistically to solve problems.  The RDL includes the Aerial Robotics Group, planning and decision making group and motion and compliant systems control group.  The laboratory is spread across two research spaces including multiple motion tracking rigs, indoor and outdoor flying spaces for drones and dynamic test cells.

The Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language social robotics lab develops robots for exploring social, behavioral and ethnographic interactions.  Opie is a child-safe humanoid used to interact with school-age students and learn about social cues and teaching.  iRat is a small wheeled robot used for comparative behavioural and neurological studies with lab rats, as well as in collaborative language synthesis experiments.

The Queensland Brain Institute Neuroscience of Vision and Aerial Robotics lab explores how animals such as birds and bees employ vision to fly and interact with the world, and how to apply these methods to small flying robots.  The lab develops practical experimental aircraft utilizing cameras for stability, navigation and control.

The UQ Centre for Hypersonics is a world leading research group in hypersonic flight – including test facilities air-breathing propulsion and rocket flight, aerothermodynamics, computational fluid dynamics and optical diagnostics.  The centre is home to several free-piston shock tunnels and expansion tubes for high speed flow experimentation.

Queensland University of Technology Labs

Information to come.

Port of Brisbane – Patricks Terminal

Patrick’s journey to automation began in the 1996, when  Patrick saw automation as an opportunity to streamline operations and introduce process-line concepts into terminal stevedoring. The challenge of improving the safety and efficiency of the operation was one to which automation was well suited.

Patrick  designed and developed an automated system based on a conventional straddle carrier  provided by Kalmar – an 8 wheeled, 65 ton, 12.5m high container carrying vehicle. To do so required the development of navigation, sensory and command and control systems suitable for the large scale environment of a shipping terminal. The system has grown from a R&D project into a robust, commercial operation that is one of the safest, advanced and successful in the world.

Today, Patrick’s Brisbane and Sydney terminals operate a combined fleet of 77 AutoStrads that undertake all  container transport tasks within the sites. The end-to-end automation of operational process is a showcase for the possibilities of robotics and automation in heavy industries.