Marine & environmental robotics

With the expertise of internationally recognised researchers into field robotics, particularly environmental robots, and their application to large-scale marine habitat monitoring, marine pest (Crown-of-Thorns Starfish) control, and aquatic greenhouse gas mapping, such as Dr Matthew Dunbabin. He and his team have expertise in adaptive sampling and path planning, vision-based navigation, cooperative robotics, as well as robot and sensor network interactions.

Current projects in marine robotics include successfully testing COTSbot on the Great Barrier Reef, and extending this success to produce the smaller version, RangerBot.

We welcome industry collaborations in this field. For more information about collaborating with our team, please contact us.



RangerBot is a low-cost, vision-enabled autonomous underwater vehicle for monitoring a wide range of issues facing coral reefs across the globe.

Inference boats

The Inference boats are designed to be our eyes, ears and nose on waterways, 24 hours a day - rain, hail or cyclone.


COTSbot seeks out and controls the Great Barrier Reef's crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), which are responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of the reef's total decline in coral cover.


LunaRoo was started as a proposal for the Lunar Payload Opportunity by the Google Lunar X Prize team scientists.