James Underwood

PhD, "Reliable and Safe Autonomy for Ground Vehicles in Unstructured Environments", The University of Sydney, 2009

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering (Hons 1), The University of Sydney, 2004

2013-current: Senior Research Fellow
Perception, ACFR

2012: Senior Researcher
Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation, ACFR

2011-2013: Research Project Manager
Multi-Modal Adaptive SLAM, ACFR, partnered with Agency Defence Development, South Korea

2009-2012: Director
BAE Systems Centre for Intelligent Mobile Systems (CIMS), ACFR

2007: Co-author of a report commissioned by Rio Tinto, "Mining Picture Compilation"
Rio Tinto Iron Ore

2006: Contracted for control system design and development on an automation project
Leica Geosystems

2002-2008: Tutor, 1st year Matlab, C programming, 2nd & 3rd year Mechatronics
The University of Sydney

2003-2004: Vocational employee with Patrick Technology, Autonomous straddle carrier project
PSL Services Pty Ltd

2005: Tutor for MTRX 3700
The University of Sydney

2002-2005: Tutor for MATLAB
The University of Sydney

2003/2004: Mechatronic Engineering Student
Patrick Systems & Technology

2002: Tutor for C programming
The University of Sydney

Research Interests
My primary interest is in 'Machine Perception', including persistence in adverse weather, robust real-time perception systems and active control for optimal perception. I am interested in combining multiple modalities of sensor information (i.e. sensors with different physical characteristics such as LIDAR/RADAR/Vision/Thermal IR) in order to achieve robust long term perception, while operating in realistic open and unstructured environments

Awards and Prizes
2012: Outstanding Program Committee Member, AJCAI

2011: Best Paper, TAROS "Short-range Radar Perception in Outdoor Environments"

2007: Best Paper, ACRA "Real Time Map Building with Uncertainty Using Colour Camera and Scanning Laser"

2004: University Medal, The University of Sydney

2004: Mechanical Engineering Minor Prize, The University of Sydney

2001-2004: Dean's List of Academic Achievement, The University of Sydney

Current Projects

Past Projects

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