I am interested in working with students at all levels that are interested and excited about robotics. My goal is to provide influential personal guidance that maximises your chances of building a rewarding and enjoyable career in research and/or industry. A few goals that I have for my students include: 1) identifying a fundamental research problems through a comprehensive understanding of current literature; 2) developing a strong technical background that enables the creation of dependent and innovative solutions to challenging problems; 3) presenting and publishing research in internationally-recognised journals and conferences; 4) developing the personal communication and presentation skills necessary to enhance visibility in the research community, and increase the chances of future success. 

Prospective Students

If you find this approach appealing, and my research area of interest, I believe my group could provide you with a vibrant and exciting educational experience. For Master's and PhD degrees, please see the Contact Me page for details on how to get into my group. For 4th year students enrolled in BEB 801/802, a list of my available projects is located on the student projects page. These projects are also available to students interested in doing independent research and can potentially be expanded for a Master's degree by research.

Current Students

Below are the members of my research team. We come from a variety of different locations with a range of interests and backgrounds, yet we come together to collectively research robotic applications in ocean science.


Wesam Al Sabban Hometown: Saudi Arabia
Pursuing Degree: PhD
Previous Education: 
Research Interests: UAS, Path Planning, Robotics, Solar UAVs
Personal Interests: Fishing and Camping

What I am working on: Path Planning for Small, Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Dynamic Conditions

Hu He Hometown: Anhui, China
Pursuing Degree: PhD
Previous Education: Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests: Structure from Motion, 3D Reconstruction, Segmentation, Recognition and Real-Time Tracking, Machine Learning
Personal Interests: Travelling, Swimming, Cooking

What I am working on: Vision-based Segmentation for Mobile Robots

Chris Lehnert Hometown:
Pursuing Degree: PhD
Previous Education: 
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What I am working on: Learning Multidimensional Joint Control with Receeding Locally- Weighted Regression

Steven Martin Hometown:
Pursuing Degree: PhD
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What I am working on: Path planning using surface shape and ground properties

Kimia Nazarzadeh Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Pursuing Degree: N/A
Previous Education: MBA in IT Specialisation from the University of Pune, India; Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from QIAU, Iran
Research Interests: Robotics, Digital Signal Processing, Underwater Vehicles
Personal Interests:  Playing Santour (a Persian musical instrument), Dancing, Swimming, Reading, Sightseeing

What I am working on: Control and Navigation Improvements for Autonomous Gliders 

George Pippos Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Pursuing Degree: Master of Engineering - Electrical and Control Systems
Previous Education: BS - 
Electrical and Control Systems QUT, Iona College
Research Interests: Control systems, Robotics, Unmanned Vehicles, Software Systems
Personal Interests: Soccer, Music (violin, composition, audio production), Reading Novels

What I am working on: Augmenting Low-Level AUV Control with a DVL. 4th-year project: 
Low-Level Control of an AUV with Applications to 3D Pose Estimation

Benjamin Talbot Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Pursuing Degree: Master of Engineering - Electrical and Control Systems
Previous Education: BS - 
Electrical and Control Systems QUT
Research Interests: Robotics, Computer Vision
Personal Interests: Swimming

What I am working on: 
Image-based Modelling and Structure Recovery in Underwater Scenes

Van Thanh Hometown: Southern Vietnam
Pursuing Degree: PhD
Previous Education: MS, University of New South Wales
Research Interests: Linear and nonlinear robust and adaptive control, automatic guidance of ground vehicles, precision manufacturing, motion control, optimization and optimal control
Personal Interests: Travelling, fund-raising activities for charity, swimming, playing soccer, and cooking

What I am working on: Control and Planning for Minimally-Actuated AUVs for Ocean Monitoring


Alumni

Below are the alumni of my research team.


Naeim Abedi Hometown: Talesh, Iran
Pursuing Degree: Master of Engineering - Systems
Previous Education: Bachelor of Engineering - Electrical & Electronics (from IAU of Iran)
Research Interests: AUVs, System Design and Control, Robotics, Smart Systems, 3D mapping and localizing
Personal Interests: Swimming, Reading, Soccer, Tennis, Design

What I worked on: A survey of the Kinematics and Dynamics of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Calman Drysdale Hometown: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Pursuing Degree: BS
Previous Education: Heights College
Research Interests: Robotics and embedded systems
Personal Interests: Playing the piano, exercising at indoor rock climbing centres

What I worked on: Slocum Glider Data Processing Toolchain and a Crowd- Sourcing Path Planner for AUVs

Mahesh Mukundan Hometown: Kerala, India
Pursuing Degree: Bachelor of Engineering - Mechatronics
Previous Education: 
Research Interests: Physics: Electromagnetics, Developing small intelligent electromechanical devices, Autonomous Systems
Personal Interests:  Playing cricket and soccer, keeping up with current affairs and news around the world, and I love spending time with my daughter

What I 
worked on: Design and Development of a Minimally-Actuated, Persistent AUV (YouTube video)

Edmond Ngantung Hometown: Indonesia
Pursuing Degree: BS Electrical Engineering
Previous Education: 
Research Interests: Robotics, computer vision, underwater vehicles
Personal Interests: Travelling, algebraic problem solving, LEGO building, and playing guitar

What I 
worked on: Development of a Multiple Camera tracking System using XBox Kinect Sensors

Brane Pesic Hometown: 
Pursuing Degree: BS
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What I worked on: Design and Development of a LEGO Underwater Vehicle and the Associated Control System (YouTube video)

Michael Shiel Hometown: 
Pursuing Degree: Master's by Research
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What I worked on: 
Multi-Level Information Fusion for Environmentally Aware Robotic Navigation

Brenton Wendt Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Pursuing Degree: Bachelor of Engineering - Electrical Engineering
Previous Education: Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering (Tafe Queensland)
Research Interests: Practical Applications of Control Theory
Personal Interests: Tennis, Movies

What I 
worked on: Control of an AUV with an Android Phone Application

Paul Zapotezny-Anderson Hometown:
Pursuing Degree: PhD
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What I 
worked on: Simultaneous Target Tracking and Collision Avoidance using Bearing-Only Measurements