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Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO

Ash Tews was an F111C flight simulator technician for 10 years in the RAAF prior to completing an honours degree in Information Technology at the Queensland University of Technology in 1998. He completed a PhD in Robotics at the University of Queensland in 2001 researching coordination strategies for multiple robots in dynamic environments, focusing on predator/prey and robot soccer. He then spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California conducting research into methods for stealthy robot navigation in observed environments. Since 2005, he has been a robotics Research Scientist at the Autonomous Systems Laboratory in CSIRO’s ICT centre.

He has lead several projects in autonomous ground robots and sensor networks. The largest project entailed automating a 20 tonne Hot Metal Carrier for material carrying duties in an aluminium smelter. Ash's research interests include applying probabilistic and pattern recognition techniques for tracking dynamic and static objects in typical indoor/outdoor industrial environments.


  • –present
    Senior Research Scientist , CSIRO


  • 2003 
    University of Queensland, PhD, Computer Science
  • 1996 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
  • 1995 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)


  • 2004
    A Multi-robot Approach to Stealthy Navigation in the Presence of an Observer, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • 2004
    Avoiding Detection in a Dynamic Environment, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
  • 2003
    A Scalable Approach to Human-Robot Interactio, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • 2003
    Scaling High Level Interactions Between Humans and Robots, AAAI Spring Symposium on Human Interaction with Autonomous Systems in Complex Environments
  • 2001
    Adaptive Multi-Robot Coordination for Highly Dynamic Environments, International Conference on Computational Intelligence for Modelling, Control and Automation
  • 2000
    Thinking as One: Coordination of Multiple Mobile Robots by Shared Representations, International Conference on Robotics and Systems
  • 1999
    Multi-Robot Coordination in the Robot Soccer Environment, Australian Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • 1999
    Self-Organisation in a Simple Pursuit Game, Complex Systems 98. Complexity Between the Ecos: From Ecology to Economics
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