The Australian Centre for Field Robotics


Stefan Williams

( University of Sydney)

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Date: November 1, 2017


This talk will provide an overview of work at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. In 2018, the ACFR will celebrate 20 years since its foundation and during this time it has worked closely with industry in delivering autonomous systems outcomes in a variety of application domains, including mining, intelligent transportation, agriculture and environmental science. This talk will review some of the main achievements of the Centre’s activities and will also describe a recent initiative to establish a Centre for Robotics Intelligent Systems. This new Centre is designed to expand our remit beyond traditional field robotics applications to consider developments in other domains including health and medicine, transportation and logistics, home and work. It will also focus on the societal implications of the increasing introduction of automation, including changes in the nature of work and requirements for educational opportunities for students.

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Prof. Stefan B. Williams is the Professor of Marine Robotics at the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and the Head of School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. He leads the ACFR’s Marine Robotics group and is also the head of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Facility. His research interests include Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping in unstructured underwater environments, autonomous navigation and control and classification and clustering of large volumes of data collected by robotic systems. He has led research cruises to sites around Australia and overseas deploying AUVs as part of studies in marine engineering, ecology, geoscience and archaeology. Prof. Williams received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2002 and completed a Bachelor of Applied Science with first class honours in 1997 at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Created: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017