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Developing new imaging devices to help robots see and do


This work will develop specialised imaging devices to improve robotic perception in challenging conditions.


Dr Donald Dansereau.

Research location

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

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In this project you will explore novel optical systems and algorithms that endow robots with new kinds of visual sensing. This approach has already yielded super-human perceptual capabilities like imaging around corners, recording a person's pulse from changes in skin colour during a heartbeat, and directly imaging a pulse of light as it propagates through a scene.

There is an opportunity to draw on a broad range of techniques from the computational imaging and optics communities, including fabrication of custom optics and nano-fabrication of diffractive elements and metamaterials. Applications arise anywhere robots encounter perceptual challenges including all-weather autonomous driving, drone flight, underwater survey, human-robot interaction, and locomotion on challenging terrain.

Additional information

Working within the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), you will have access to the state-of-the-art robots, facilities, dedicated technical staff, and mentorship available through this world-class research centre. The ACFR undertakes significant field robotics programs in autonomous driving, flight, agriculture, and underwater survey, providing rich opportunities for deployment and validation of novel perception systems.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2628

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