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Directors Message

This month we enjoyed a wonderful off-site retreat.  So many people have told me and other exec members how much they enjoyed the event, and that’s really heartening.  Such events are expensive in terms of everybody’s time, as well as the $, so I’m super happy that lots of people got value from it. Thanks again to Ilana and Vicki for organizing, the exec apart from me for choosing the sessions, and to all those who “volunteered” to participate in sessions. 

We received a lot of great feedback via the two sticky note sessions.  I took over S1165 one afternoon and did a first cut of clustering the notes on the big table.  There are lots of great ideas that are easily actionable and would improve our lives and the way we work.  However, there are a couple of larger clusters around internal information flow and collaboration that we need to unpack and maybe get additional information about. 

I really enjoyed Michael’s Laureate launch week, a wonderful event despite the fire alarm interruption.  Great also to see so many QCR people there, as well as lots of senior university people. 

RSS is on this week, and this morning I spoke at “RSS Pioneers” a career-focused workshop for senior PhD students and early career researchers.  It was a great panel with great questions and discussion, but with many similarities to the topics we discussed at our retreat.  Some things are universal concerns and worries. 

The university seems to have made the whole HDR process earlier this year, so we need to get cracking to post topics and turn on our annual recruitment campaign.  See the piece below on what you can do to help with this really important process for our Centre.   There is also a call for EGH400 capstone projects for the mid-year intake.  Everybody can suggest topics, but HDR students and postdocs should talk to their supervisors first. 

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Centre News

Using Software to Save the Reef

Congratulations to Frederic Maire for his research with Murdoch University. 

Google CEO says project with CSIRO to use AI to identify Crown of Thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef will be one of the first of many projects with CSIRO, and it was also working with Murdoch University and QUT researchers to track marine animals using AI and aerial images 



International Award Win for Aaron Mcfadyen

 QUT Centre for Robotics Aaron McFadyen (PhD) has been awarded an international prize for Australian Drone Facility Maps with industry partner Airservices Australia.

Aaron said the Airwards award was a great recognition of the partnership between QUT and Airservices. 



BenchBot work by Ben, David, and Niko made the NVIDIA developers homepage 

Member Achievements

Congrats to Somayeh

Somayeh was featured in the DVCR’s Research Update June 2022 


HDR Internship

Komol has been offered an Internship Opportunity in National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) for three months commencing 6 June. The Project Title is Machine Learning in NIISQ and the project is based on the NIISQ Agency in collaboration with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) partnering with QUT to implement an Artificial Intelligent Machine Learning (AI/ML) solution using data captured through transactional business systems. The specific AI/ML project will deliver value to the NIISQ business and NIISQ customers and importantly build capability of staff in AI/ML through skills transfer, collaboration and mentoring. 

PhD Awarded

Congratulations to Dr Jack Collins who has been awarded his PhD on the topic “Simulation to Reality and Back: A Robot's Guide to Crossing the Reality Gap.” 


PhD Awarded

Congratulations to Dr Vibhavari Dasagi who has been awarded her PhD.  Vibhavari was supervised by Juxi Leitner (principal), Thierry and Jon and her PhD was on Efficient and Stable Reinforcement Learning for Robotics.  


Paper Accepted

Congratulations to Scarlett for having her paper “Point Label Aware Superpixels for Multi-species Segmentation of Underwater Imagery” accepted to RA-L (joint work with Ross Marchant, Brano Kusy, Frederic Maire and Tobi Fischer) 

PhD Recruitment Campaign 

We have now kicked off our PhD recruitment campaign in line with the QUT Annual Scholarship Round. The EOI for international students closes 31 July and for domestic students, closes 31 August.

To get this off to a good start could all CIs please have a look at the project topics page - and

  • Remove or update any old topics 

  • Add new topics 

I have started the social media campaign and would appreciate it if you share the QCR posts on your own social media accounts. 

We will also be holding the PhD Information and Networking Night on the 20th of July. More information will be available on this via the Huddle and emails. 

QCR Childcare Policy

We understand it is sometimes difficult to attend work-related events and workshops due to family carer commitments. To ensure carers are able to attend events and other outside of work hours commitments, we will offer childcare benefits to cover the costs associated with the care. 

See wiki link here for further information

QCR Inventory List Updates 

Reminder to use the inventory list, guidelines here 

●Updated to allow tracking of project assets 

●Please Add Items and feel free to Flag Issues including enhancements 


Diversity - Pioneering Australian Engineer 

David Unaipon was an inventor, writer, orator and campaigner. He spent much of his life transforming the minds of White Australia in the hope that one day Aboriginal people would be seen as equals 



International Women in Engineering Day – Mentoring Program 

Celebrate International Women in Engineering Day and register for industry support and opportunities today.  The program will commence in July with ‘Industry Matching’ so you can meet and match with your mentor. 



Feature Story

QCR Retreat

The QCR Retreat was a great success!!  Exec will go through the very thoughtful comments from both of the Good to Great sessions and prepare an action plan moving forward.  

Was wonderful to see so much engagement with the program!  


Coming Up

[PhD/Postdoc] Call for applications – DAAD Networking Tour “AI in Cyber Physical Systems”  

Twice a year, the 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 and a one-week travel stipend with plenty of opportunities to personally connect with leading researchers and research institutions from all over Germany. Fellows will also become part of the DAAD AInet Fellows and Alumni Network, thus expanding and strengthening the cooperation within the group and with the German research community.    

For more information and to apply go to


inSTEM Conference (20-21st July) 

A networking and career development conference for people from marginalised or under-represented groups in STEM, and their allies held at UQ. 

Headline speakers Lisa Annese CEO, Diversity Council Australia and Dr Shari Walsh Psychologist and career development practitioner, Resilient Reseacher.  

inSTEM as an initiative of the STEM-focused Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence. 

Registration & full program:

Industry Engagement Faculty of Engineering Bootcamp 

The Office of Industry Engagement is inviting QUT researchers from the Faculty of Engineering to attend a half day Industry Engagement Bootcamp to be held at GP campus on Thursday 21 July.