REF supports and enables QUT marine robotics, with involvement in the following research projects:
- COTSBot – an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) specifically designed to assist with the eradication of the Great Barrier Reef’s most prolific pest, the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS).
- RangerBot – a low-cost ‘robo reef protector’ built upon the COTSBot platform to create a low-cost, vision-enabled autonomous underwater vehicle for monitoring a wide range of issues facing coral reefs across the globe – coral bleaching, water quality, pest species, pollution and siltation included. This project is funded through a $750,000 people’s choice vote in the Google Impact Challenge Australia, a competition which helps not-for-profit organisations develop technologies that can help to tackle the world’s biggest social challenges, and is being developed in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
- RobotX Challenge – an international competition to complete a range of autonomous tasks that have real-world applications for emergency response and environmental management, using a standard hull. In 2016 QUT placed 2nd in this competition.