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Directors Message

Happy new year everyone, I hope you all had a great break and the opportunity to relax, recharge, and spend time with family and friends. It is great to be back and see the lab filling with all of you again.  

One of the priorities for the Centre this year is going to be improving our HDR recruitment – we could not fill all of the available PhD positions in the recent recruitment round. The Exec has already discussed a range of ideas, but we will call on all of you for more input – how we can more effectively interact with the undergraduate cohort and inform and excite them about research, how we can better communicate the different career pathways a HDR degree affords, and how we can better reach potential applicants beyond the QUT undergraduate cohort. We will talk more about this in the weeks and months to come, but please think about it already and let us know your thoughts. 

This year will also see the launch of our new Master’s in Robotics and AI, starting in only a few weeks in Semester 1. I am already excited to start teaching into this new degree, but won’t start until Semester 2 with a unit on Robotic Vision. Many of us are now actively developing content for the new units in this degree, and I want to especially thank Thierry for taking on a leadership role as Course Coordinator. 

Another novelty in the teaching space is the introduction of Canvas, which will replace Blackboard as the Learning Management System across QUT. This is a time for all of us involved in teaching to learn how to use the new tools Canvas provides. Please use our Teams space to ask about any issues you run into or share some particularly useful tricks you figured out with the new system. 

Finally, I am very excited for our Robotic Vision Summer School ( that will take place 6-11 February in Kioloa at the NSW coast. Organising this has been a big team effort with Dimity, Tobi, Vicki, Ilana and Katrina Tune (who used to be the COO of ACRV) and Don Danserau (Uni Sydney) and Feras Dayoub (Uni Adelaide) and I am very happy that RVSS is going into its 9th year with the first in-person event since 2020. Thanks to the support of our school we have 5 QUT undergraduate students attending, plus 5 of our PhD students. 

I hope you enjoy the January issue of the QCR newsletter! 

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In the News

Peter’s work with the Australian Antarctic Program has been highlighted in several news pieces over the last week.



Paper Awarded

Title: H2 Controller Design for Multi-agent Systems with Markovian Switching Topologies 

Authors: Cole Ballam, Aaron McFadyen and Daniel Quevedo 

Award: Best Student Paper  

High Commendation Award 


Congrats to AI/Robotics Teaching Team for winning the FoE Teaching Excellence Award 



Congratulations to our EOY retreat award winners


The following people were nominated and won individual awards: Scarlett Raine, Vicki Johnson, Dasun Gunasinghe, Riki Lamont, Benjamin Moshirian, Luis Mejias, David Hall, Dorian Tsai, Tobias Fischer, Ryan Malone, and Connor Malone. 

The following were nominated and won joint awards: Nicolas Guillermo Marticorena Vidal and Krishan Rana. 

The QCR Ambassadors were also awarded for their commitment to the Centre: Scarlett Raine, Somayeh Hussaini, Morgan Windsor, Thomas Tilley, Jordan Gleeson, Nicolas Marticorena Vidal, Alejandro Fontan Villacampa and Marisa Bucolo 

Member Achievements

Paper Accepted

ConCS: A Continual Classifier System for Continual Learning of Multiple Boolean Problems  

Trung B. Nguyen, Will N. Browne, and Mengjie Zhang


Paper Accepted

UAV4PE: An Open-Source Framework to Plan UAV Autonomous Missions for Planetary Exploration

Julian Galvez-Serna, Fernando Vagegas, Shahzad Brar, Juan Sandino, David Flannery, Felipe Gonzalez


The Robotic Vision Summer School 2023


The Robotic Vision Summer School 2023 runs for the 9th time 6 - 11 February 2023, Kioloa Coastal Campus, NSW (  

It covers the topics of Robotic Vision, Spatial Awareness, Visual Learning, Reinforcement Learning, +3 technical deep dives, in a very hands-on way including coding on real robots, and leaves lots of time for networking, chatting or simply fun at the beach and campfire. RVSS targets first-year HDR students and exceptional undergraduates. 

We have an awesome lineup of speakers: Pamela Carreno-Medrano, Peter Corke, Tom Drummond, Richard Hartley, Hanna Kurniawati, Miaomiao Liu, Simon Lucey 

Registrations are closed now, but RVSS will run again next year around the same time.  

HDR Internship Opportunities

The following HDR Internship is open for applications: 

General application for Defence Internships closing 30 June  


Call for Applications

The call for Postdoc-NeT-AI 04/2023 is out! The focus of this edition – which will take place from 24 – 28 April 2023 – is on Generative Models in Machine Learning. 

Twice a year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) selects a group of outstanding postdoctoral researchers and experienced PhD candidates worldwide to participate in the Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence (Postdoc-NeT-AI, The fellowship includes a Virtual Networking Week from 24 – 28 April 2023 and a one-week travel stipend which can be flexibly planned. The latter will enable the fellows to personally connect with leading researchers and research institutions of their own choice from all over Germany.  

The application deadline is on February 27, 2023. For more information and to apply go to

General program information is available at  

If you have any question, please contact

Feature Story

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Visitor Profile: Daniella Tola

We said goodbye to our visitor Daniella Tola from Aarhus University. Daniella had been visiting our lab from September 2022 working with Peter Corke and his program area in Physical Interaction. We did a quick interview with Daniella to hear about her experiences, read more below:

1. What was your favourite thing about doing as visit to the QCR lab?

All of the different opportunities at QCR: learning groups, workshops, etc. There are both work related events, allowing you to improve your skills in different areas, such as creating a personal website and CV writing, and also social events organized between the HDR students.

2. What did you learn?

A lot of different things, e.g. how well functioning and supportive the QCR team is, a better understanding of the current research being carried out in robotics, how important networking is.

3. Do you have any advice for others who want to visit QCR lab?

In general, I would just say don’t be shy and engage in the environment. Get to know what the others are working on, even if it’s not relevant for you now, it may be relevant someday.

Good luck Daniella and please come visit us again!


Past Events

Brisbane Robotics & Space Sundowner

Past Events

QCR End of Year Retreat

Check out The Year that Was video here 

New Faces

Welcome to Assoc Prof Laurianne Sitbon

Please welcome our newest Chief Investigator A.Prof Laurianne Sitbon! 

Laurianne will be co-leading the fifth QCR Program - Human Interaction with A.Prof Jared Donovan and A.Prof Markus Rittenbruch. 



Welcome to Assoc Prof Markus Rittenbruch


Please welcome our newest Associate Investigator Markus Rittenbruch!  

Markus will be co-leading the fifth QCR Program - Human Interaction with A.Prof Jared Donovan and Dr Laurianne Sitbon. 


Welcome to Cameron Coombe

New HDR Student working with Will & Nico on the Abstract Reasoning Corpus, together with CSIRO. 

QUT (Queensland University of Technology) 

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science, Mechatronics/Environmental 

2017 - 2021 

Activities and societies: QUT Robotics Club 


Welcome to Dr Krishna Manaswi Digumarti

Krishna has commenced as a Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics and has a background in soft material robotics.


Welcome to Janet Danaher


Welcome to Janet who is the new Executive Assistant for Michael and Peter. 

She has over 20 years of experience in finance and office support in Australian university sectors. 

Welcome to Ehab Salem

Ehab has commenced a 6-month secondment from DSTG, hosted by Thierry, as part of DSTG’s NAVIGATE program.  

Ehab is a Mechatronics engineer with a Masters of Business Law (Innovation) interested in developing skills in robotics research.   




Farewell to Ben Talbot who has obtained a job at Emesent. 

Ben has been a wonderful team member and friend and will be missed.  

We hope to still see him around at events. 


Farewell to David Hall - he will start his new role at CSIRO in 2023. 

We wish him the best of luck! 



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Member Publications

Local Averaging for Consensus Over Communication Links with Random Dropouts 

RC Ballam, A McFadyen, DE Quevedo - IEEE Control Systems Letters, 2022 


DGBench: An Open-Source, Reproducible Benchmark for Dynamic Grasping 

B Burgess-Limerick, C Lehnert, J Leitner, P Corke - 2022 IEEE/RSJ International …, 2022 


Innovation-Based Remote State Estimation Secrecy with no Acknowledgements 

JM Kennedy, JJ Ford, DE Quevedo, F Dressler - arXiv preprint arXiv:2212.08234, 2022 


UAV4PE: An Open-Source Framework to Plan UAV Autonomous Missions for Planetary Exploration 

J Galvez-Serna, F Vanegas, S Brar, J Sandino… - Drones, 2022 


Unscrewed autonomous marine vessels tests the limits of maritime safety frameworks 

F Humphries, R Horne, M Olsen, M Dunbabin… - WMU Journal of Maritime …, 2022 


Hyperdimensional Feature Fusion for Out-of-Distribution Detection: Supplementary Material 

S Wilson, T Fischer, N Sünderhauf, F Dayoub 


Forest Traversability Mapping (FTM): Traversability estimation using 3D voxel-based Normal Distributed Transform to enable forest navigation 

F Ruetz, P Borges, N Suenderhauf, E Hernández, T Peynot- 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2022 


An Architecture for Reactive Mobile Manipulation On-The-Move 

B Burgess-Limerick, C Lehnert, J Leitner, P Corke - arXiv preprint arXiv:2212.06991, 2022 


Robotic Vision for Human-Robot Interaction and Collaboration: A Survey and Systematic Review 

N Robinson, B Tidd, D Campbell, D Kulić, P Corke - ACM Transactions on Human …, 2022 


In situ slip estimation for mobile robots in outdoor environments 

P Nourizadeh, F Stevens McFadden, W Browne – Journal of Field Robotics 2022 


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