Serena Mou is a PhD researcher with the QUT Centre for Robotics (QCR) and Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV). Serena is an advocate for environmental health and conservation and is focused on how robotics can help to achieve positive environmental change. Through her PhD titled “Efficient detection of flora and fauna”, she is exploring more efficient and cost-effective environmental surveying processes to better understand and protect ecosystems. Using her knowledge of machine learning, Serena applies deep learning and its associated frameworks, for the efficient detection and classification of flora and fauna.
Among her recent research efforts, Serena has also been instrumental in developing a vision-based underwater navigation system for the LarvalBot — a robot that spreads coral larvae to help restore damaged parts of coral reefs and speed up the recovery of underwater ecosystems.
Aside from her passions for environmental research, Serena is also heavily invested in the mental health and wellbeing of her colleagues. She is a QUT Mental Health First Aid Officer and represents her peers as the PhD representative on the QCR Executive Committee. She is a mentor for Young Women Leaders in AI program where she hopes to inspire young women who are interested in Technology to pursue studies or a career in STEM fields.