Field robotics

We're developing robotic systems that can go anywhere, improving safety and efficiency for research and industrial applications.

The Challenge

Increasing safety and efficiency

We’re developing technologies that allow robotic systems to assist or replace humans performing tasks that are difficult, repetitive, unpleasant, or take place in hazardous environments. These robotic systems will bring sociological and economic benefits through improved human safety, increased equipment use, reduced maintenance costs and increased production.

Our Response

Our robots are here to help

In order for robots to interact with their environment, they need to be able to sense their surroundings and construct a useful world model from that sensory input. Our robots use a variety of sensor systems, including laser, radar, and sonar scanners, as well as mono and stereo vision and infrared cameras. The optimal choice of sensing apparatus for a given application is determined by factors such as the typical features of the environment, the presence of other moving objects, the size and speed of the robotic vehicle, and the type of tasks it must perform.

Almost all applications of field robotics require the robot to be able to locate itself with respect to a coordinate system. Our research and expertise in this area includes laser scan matching, beacon-based localisation, visual odometry, and off-board vision-based localisation (using fixed cameras to track the robot).

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