Prof. Gamini Dissanayake
School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering,
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
“Filed Robotics – From Research to Applications”
Gamini Dissanayake is the James N Kirby Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He graduated in Mechanical/Production Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1977. He received his M.Sc. in Machine Tool Technology and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from the University of Birmingham, England. He taught at University of Peradeniya, National University of Singapore and University of Sydney before joining UTS in 2002. At UTS, he founded the UTS Centre for Autonomous Systems; currently a team of seventy staff and students working in Robotics. His work on robot navigation has resulted in one of the most cited journal publications in robotics. He has also been involved in developing robots for a range of industry applications including cargo handling, mining, infrastructure maintenance and aged care.
The past decade has seen the deployment of a number of robotic systems in highly challenging applications areas including infrastructure maintenance, mining, cargo handling, subsea, aerospace and urban search and rescue. One of the prerequisites for deploying a robot in the field is the ability to acquire and maintain a representation of an unstructured environment. In many scenarios where a machine and a human must jointly achive a task, the joint understanding of abilities and joint management of task execution is also a must. This talk will summarise current research on these key competancies that underpin robot deployements in the field, with the focus on simultaneous loalisation and mapping, and human robot collaboration. A range of field robotic systems developed at the Centre for Autonomous Systems, Sydney, Australia will also be presented. Key elements of these systems ranging from perception to control will be described. Future potential and challenges in field robotics together with outstandng research issues in this area will be discussed.