Dr Jack Collins

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Jack Collins is a PhD researcher completing his doctorate with the QUT Centre for Robotics (QCR) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). His research is focused on the simulation of robots and how we can traverse the ‘Reality Gap’ using sim-to-real methods. The ‘Reality Gap’ describes the discrepancy we see when trying to transfer a controller developed, learnt or evolved in simulation to a real-world platform.



Key publications:

  • J. Collins, J. McVicar, D. Wedlock, R. Brown, D. Howard and J. Leitner, “”Benchmarking Simulated Robotic Manipulation Through a Real World Dataset,”” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 250-257, Jan. 2020, doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2019.2953663
  • J. Collins, D. Howard and J. Leitner, “”Quantifying the Reality Gap in Robotic Manipulation Tasks,”” 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Montreal, QC, Canada, 2019, pp. 6706-6712, doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2019.8793591.
  • J. Collins, B. Cottier and D. Howard, “”Comparing Direct and Indirect Representations for Environment-Specific Robot Component Design,”” 2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), Wellington, New Zealand, 2019, pp. 2705-2712, doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/CEC.2019.8790166.
  • J. Collins, W. Geles, D. Howard, and F. Maire, “”Towards the targeted environment-specific evolution of robot components,”” 2018 ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), Kyoto, Japan, pp. 61-68, doi: https://doi.org/10.1145/3205455.3205541.