I am a research fellow with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
My research interests are focused on enabling mobile robots to operate persistently in challenging environments, environments that are real, complex and continually changing. In 2012, I completed my Ph.D. studies with Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) University of Lincoln, UK. The topic of my thesis was lifelong navigation of mobile robots in dynamic environments. In order to evaluate my research, I have conducted experiments inside real changing environments over periods of several months with real mobile robots. After that, I moved to Australia to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship on a project titled: Lifelong robotic navigation using visual perception (2012-2014). During my postdoctoral fellowship, I’ve focused on persistent mobile robot operation over many weeks in public places. All of my experimental evaluations have been done using real robots operating autonomously inside different public places including a busy university bookshop. 2015-2016, I worked on a project to enable mobile robots navigation in challenging shallow-water environments using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The focus of the project is to use an AUV to control the population of crown-of-thorns starfish in the great barrier reef. I also was part of the Queensland DAF Agricultural Robotics Program in QUT, where I worked on developing enabling robotics technologies for farm robotics.