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Member Achievements

Feature Story

Events - Past and Coming Up

New Faces

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Member Publications

Feature Story

Directors Message

It seems like ages since I’ve written one of these pieces, and as usual there has been a lot happening across the Centre.  We do our best to ensure that all this activity is captured for posterity in the newsletter.  

August is the start of semester two and that means a huge extra load on all our academic staff as well as the many research students who provide critical support for tutorials and pracs.  I have been quite consumed with teaching the Introduction to Robotics unit, including some redesign to give the students some exposure to a physical robot. 

I’d like to use this opportunity for a special farewell to Steve Martin, who I have worked with for a  very long time.  I first met Steve in 2009 when I was still at CSIRO (but in the process of leaving) and he was a QUT undergraduate doing his capstone project with the CSIRO robotics lab. In 2010 I came to QUT and Steve signed up as my first PhD student here.  He also provided great feedback on what was needed in a mechantronics/robotics curriculum, and this helped us design the current EGB339 and EGB439 units.  Steve spent a year or two working in Canberra, finished his PhD and joined us as a research engineer.  Along the way I’ve worked with him on some truly out there projects: Kinect sensors to check how well people wash their hands, a massive RobotWars event at Southbank as part of ICRA, testing a cheap and cheerful ventilator on anaesthetized pigs and most recently on a proposal for robots in space.  I’m thankful for all Steve’s contributions, they’ve help make this lab the powerhouse that it is, and I wish him all the best for his next gig. 

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Centre News

Siganto Foundation Medal

Congratulations to Dr Doug Morrison who was awarded the 2022 Siganto Foundation Medal at Graduation. 

The Siganto Foundation Medal was established by the late Dr Bill Siganto AM and his wife Dr Marie Siganto AM, to recognise excellence in early career research and to support outstanding QUT Doctor of Philosophy graduates in engineering disciplines.    

Dr Doug Morrison’s thesis title “Robotic Grasping in Unstructured and Dynamic Environments” received a $10,000 award to allow him to undertake multidisciplinary professional development, and local and international research activities. 

Doug is currently working at Amazon in Berlin and was unable to be present, but his parents accepted the award. 


In QUT News

Stephen Hausler, Ming Xu, Sourav Garg and Michael Milford collaborated with Ford’s Punarjay Chakravarty, Shubham Shrivastava and Ankit Vora have found a way to tell an autonomous vehicle which cameras to use when navigating. 

Based on newly published IEEE RA-L + IROS2022 paper 

Member Achievements

PhD Ceremony

Congratulations Dr James Mount


PhD Ceremony

Congratulations Dr Stephen Hausler


PhD Awarded

Congratulations to Dr Faris Azhari for being awarded his PhD with a thesis on “Automated Crack Detection and Characterisation from 3D Point Clouds of Unstructured Surfaces”.  Faris was supervised by Thierry, Michael and Charlotte Sennersten (CSIRO). 

Faris is now Research Engineer at CSIRO 


PhD Awarded

Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Moshirian who has been awarded a PhD for for his thesis titled: “Aerodynamically Efficient Arrangements for Aerial Modular Reconfigurable Robots”. Benjamin was supervised by Sarath Kodagoda, Justin Lipman and external supervisor Pauline Pounds. 


Paper Accepted

Paper accepted to WACV2023: 
(IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision) 
“Hyperdimensional Feature Fusion for Out-of-Distribution Detection” 

By Samuel Wilson with Tobi, Feras, Niko 



Congratulations to our Adjunct and Associate Investigator Nicole Robinson on being appointed to the CSIRO Artificial Intelligence Centre Think Tank



Peter Corke has just submitted the final manuscript of his updated book to the publisher.  This is the MATLAB® version of the Robotics, Vision & Control third edition. It will be available early in 2023. 


Baby News

Congratulations to Thomas and his wife!  Welcome to Theodore Thomas Tilley  


Baby News

Congratulations to Tobi and his wife!  Welcome to Matthew Fischer 


New HDR Reps

Connor Malone and Jordan Gleeson will be joining Scarlett as HDR Reps!  A big thank you to Jesse for being a fantastic representative and for his contributions to the Centre as HDR Rep. 


New Portfolio Lead

Dimity will now co-lead the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Portfolio with Jon Roberts 


QCR 2022 ECR/MCR Funding Scheme - now open

Closes COB Fri 2 September. (Deadline extension) 

Any postdocs or academics from Level A to C are eligible to apply.  

2 rounds, supportive / constructive process 

Contact Ilana if you have questions. 

Direct result of retreat feedback 


Research in Focus 2022

Want to share $3,500 in prizes? Entries are now open for the Research in Focus competition, which uncovers the most surprising, beautiful, and technically innovative visuals of important QUT research. QUT staff and students are invited to enter original, visually striking images, video or XR that tell a story of QUT research. All fields of research are eligible, not just microscopy or science. 

Entries close 16 September. Register now to attend the finalist exhibition and award ceremony and see the winners announced live in The Cube on 27 October 


ATSE Elevate – Boosting Women in STEM Scholarships 

The scholarships provide financial support with the aims of addressing gender inequities in STEM through fostering more women-led industry-academia collaborations in applied research and business, growing professional skills of women in STEM and by propelling women into leadership. Scholarships are available for undergraduate, postgraduate and leadership categories for people who plan to commence studies in 2023.  

The faculty is keen to see applications from our staff and students – please consider and / or pass this opportunity on to people that you think will have an interest in applying. Applications close 30 September 2022. 



Simplifying the Technical Support Process 

Need help?  Click this link
Click the green button, add details, done!  Need GitHub account: can still request support via Teams & Email. 

Able to help?  Use the ticket to report has been done, ask for more info, etc.  This is open to all QCR; anyone can provide support. 


New Merch 

QCR now has business card size stickers, great for laptops  – please see Ilana or Vicki if you would like some. 


Mental Health First Aid

Mental health is important for personal wellbeing, relationships, work success and life satisfaction 

-Useful for learning about mental health illnesses 

-Free training for QUT Staff (HDR’s should use their staff account?) 

-Help make QCR a safe, inclusive and supportive work/study space 

QUT Allies, trained to understand sexuality and gender issues, and are committed to promoting a safe, inclusive and diverse university: 

Jon Roberts
Will Browne 
Vicki Johnson


Mental Health First Aiders: 

Serena Mou 
Guilherme Fróes Silva 
Niko Suenderhauf 
Julian Andres Galvez Serna 
Will Browne 
Fernando Vanegas Alvarez 
Thierry Peynot 
Dorian Tsai 


Wear it Purple Day

Wear it Purple Day was on Friday 26 August and was a day to celebrate the LGBTIQA+ community.  You can complete the LGBTIQA+ Awareness self-paced module and/or sign up for an Ally Network Seminar 





Parents room is for QCR/EER staff and HDR students only and you must complete the S11 floor induction prior to seeking access to the room.  Available for all staff regardless of gender to support parenting responsibilities and an adult must be present with any children on the floor. 

Access:   Please contact Ilana or Vicki for the key  

To ensure the room is available please add a booking through outlook to


Feature Story


Acting PM / Deputy PM / Defence Minister Visit 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the visit by the Acting Prime Minister on Monday 8 August. 

He was suitably impressed with the breadth of robotics and clean tech and clean energy activities we displayed 


Past Events

Amazon Challenge

We celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision’s win in the Amazon Challenge on 30th July 2017 in Nagoya, Japan.  Many current and former QUT robotics folk played a role in this and many were able to attend in person. 

Guest speakers included Juxi Leitner (our team leader), Doug Morrison and Adam Tow.  All have gone on to successful roles in industry, building on their experience in this competition. 


QUT Council Member Tour

Peter hosted a tour for the QUT Council members and Faculty executive members on Thursday 25 August. Thanks to everyone who participated!


EER HDR Workshop: Thinking Resiliently as a researcher

The following half-day workshop organised by EER is open to all HDR and ECRs. 
Please register your interest by COB 19th September to reserve your place. 
Register at: 

Robotic Seminars
Missed a seminar?  Catch up here

Date: 26 July 2022 

Title: Philanthropic funding and robotics research 

Speaker: Prof Matthew Dunbabin 

Download here 

Date: 2 August 2022 

Title: So – you're finishing your PhD in uncertain times … what’s next? 

Speaker: Prof Inger Mewburn 


Date: 9 August 2022 

Title: End-to-end Design and  Control of Snake-like Robots for Keyhole Surgery 

Speaker: Andrew Razigaev 

Download here 


Date: 16 August 2022 

Title: Why are spiking neural networks so far behind deep learning, and is there anything we can do about it? 

Speaker: Peter Stratton 

Download here 


Date: 16 August 2022 

Title: Seminar: NASA SPHERES on the ISS 

Speaker: Mark Micire 



Date: 23 August 2022 

Title: Berlin’s Robotics Summit 

Speaker: Prof Michael Milford 

Download here 


New Faces

New Position

Jesse has started as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in a joint QUT/CSIRO project on mobile manipulation for complex outdoor environments


Welcome to Son Tung Nguyen

Son commenced his PhD on 12 August with Michael

Behind the Scenes

… with Dimity Miller

What do you do in the Centre and what are you currently working on? 
I am a chief investigator with the Centre. Two things I'm excited to be exploring at the moment -- how class imbalance affects object detection performance metrics, and how large language models can be used in object detection.

What’s on your desk? 
Too many things... a coffee cup, tea mug, headphones, laptop, pistachios, printed papers, green hippo, orange robot... the list goes on.  

How would you describe your work to a child? 
I help robots see, and try to make them smarter and safer. 

Three words to describe your work. 
Fun, fascinating, fast-moving 

What’s your dream travel destination? 
I'd really love to visit Iceland

Please finish these sentences: 

I'm currently reading:
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (not yet finished, but strongly recommend!)

And currently wishing 
that I'll have good weather for my upcoming holiday  

My last meal would be 
chocolate pudding

Final question!  Tea, coffee or no caffeine?  
Tea AND coffee!

Who do you nominate for next month? 

Helen Carson 🙂  

Member Publications

Design and Flight Test of an Aerial Manipulator for Applications in GPS - Denied Environments

M Ng, F Vanegas, K Morton, J Sandino, F Gonzalez – 2022 International Conference on Unmanned  Aircraft Systems 


Design and Flight Testing of a Two DOF Decoupled Pantograph Aerial Manipulator for Commercial UAVs 

C Luxton, J Sandino, F Vanegas, F Gonzalez – 2022 International Conference on Unmanned  Aircraft Systems 


Sequence-Based Filtering for Visual Route-Based Navigation: Analysing the Benefits, Trade-offs and Design Choices 

MA Tomita, M Zaffar, B Ferrarini, M Milford – IEEE Access 2022 


Predicting to Improve: Integrity Measures for Assessing Visual Localisation Performance 

H Carson, JJ Ford, M Milford 


Evolving polydisperse soft robotics jamming grippers 

SG Fitzgerald, GW Delaney, D Howard, F Maire - GECCO 22: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion 

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