Perception and localisation

This research program addresses the fundamental problem of how a robot or autonomous vehicle uses perception to create maps and calculates and tracks its location in the world. Research questions include addressing how:

  • the appearance of a place changes in relation as a function of time, season, weather, viewpoint and environment type
  • understanding context and semantics can enhance performance
  • lifelong reliability can be achieved as the world continually changes
  • the relationship to neurological structures and behavioural mechanisms are used in animal and human navigation; and how new perception technologies can be applied to this problem.

This research program builds on already considerable industry collaborations in high-value sectors including mining and defence. We look to expand into logistics, construction, space and remote operations.

We are continually building on our extensive engagement program of over 50 public and sector-based talks, workshops, media, and large-scale events each year.


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Program Lead: Professor Michael Milford

Deputy: Professor Felipe Gonzalez

Key Research Fellows: Dr Tobias Fischer