If movies like Terminator and Blade Runner are any indication, our view of robots and their place in our society can seem threatening, or at least uncertain. In reality, robots and their intelligent systems are already positively impacting how we live and work, and promise amazing innovation in healthcare, farming and aviation thanks to our University of Sydney researchers.
Professor Salah Sukkarieh and his team at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics are working across aviation, agriculture, mining, aerospace and logistics to position Australian autonomous innovations on the global map.
Already the team’s world-first AutoStrad cargo-handling robots are making Australian Ports more efficient; their flight-planning systems are helping Qantas to fly greener; and enabling Rio Tinto to implement its vision of the Mine of the Future. Professor Sukkarieh’s aerial surveillance systems are mapping the Australian landscape and identifying pests, while his agricultural robots are providing growers with quality information on crops to improve food sustainability.
In our Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, our focus has turned to developing systems for autonomous robot surgery where tasks such as the removal of cancerous tissue or the suturing of wounds is done without the need for human intervention.
Using autonomous underwater vehicles, Professor Stefan Williams and his team are conducting important research in sensing, navigation, visualisation and classification of marine habitats. This unique technology is enabling the mapping of previously unknown seafloor contours and remotely monitoring protected marine areas such as the Great Barrier Reef. Our state-of-the-art marine robotic 3D mapping systems have brought to life a submerged city at Port Royal, Jamaica and a first century BC shipwreck near the Greek island of Antikythera.
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