Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is recognised internationally as one of the most innovative researchers in robotics and is creating an Australian robotics industry. He is a Warren Centre Innovation Hero.
Professor Durrant-Whyte has played a critical role in raising the visibility of Australian robotics in government, industry, academia and the community. His robots have been at work at Patrick automated ports in Brisbane since 2005, at Rio Tintoâs mines in Western Australia's Pilbara, and in defence applications with BAE Systems.
Building robots that work outside in unstructured environments, typically in applications which are dirty, dull and dangerous, known as field robotics, is central to Professor Durrant-Whyteâs work. He has made particularly significant contributions in two fields - Autonomous Vehicle Navigation and Sensor Data Fusion.
Professor Durrant-Whyte is Research Director of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems. He has twice been awarded an ARC Federation Fellowship. The ACFR comprises
over 150 researchers and is one of the largest and most successful robotics research groups in the world. The ACFR undertakes research and development in all areas of robotics and intelligent systems, ranging from mining and agriculture to assisted care and media art.
With a PhD and an MSE in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from the University of London, UK,. Professor Durrant-Whyte is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) and the Australian Academy of Science (FAA). He is an IEEE Robotics Society Distinguished Lecturer and has won numerous awards
including the ATSE Clunies Ross Award (2009) and was named Professional Engineer of the Year (2008) by The Institute of Engineers Australia Sydney Division.
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