I live in Brisbane. I’ve been doing robotics for a long time now, with a focus on vision for robot control, field robotics (wheeled, underwater, flying) for applications such as mining, agriculture and environmental monitoring.

I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up (it was the 60s) but that didn’t happen…

I have very vivid memories of this book from my childhood and it was probably influential. I still have it.  Be careful what you give your kids! I enjoy reading crime fiction, especially Scandi crime fiction.  I learned to dive but haven’t done very many dives (yet).


I am a distinguished professor of robotic vision at Queensland University of Technology, Director of the QUT Centre for Robotics, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision. My research is concerned with enabling robots to see, and the application of robots to mining, agriculture and environmental monitoring. I’ve spent time visiting at Oxford, University of Illinois, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.  I received my undergraduate and Masters degrees in electrical engineering and PhD, all from the University of Melbourne.

I am a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a fellow of the IEEE, former editor-in-chief of the IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine, founding and associate editor of the Journal of Field Robotics, founding multi-media editor and former editorial board member of the International Journal of Robotics Research, member of the editorial advisory board of the Springer Tracts on Advanced Robotics series, member of the board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFRR).


Interesting ancestors

George Suttor (1774-1859, my gggg-grandfather) brought plants to Australia for Sir Joseph Banks, and was arrested during the Rum Rebellion.  Here’s a copy of a letter from Banks to Suttor.  My mother wrote a book about his life and adventures.

George Hall Peppin (1800-1872, my ggg-grandfather), pastoralist and sheep breeder.  With his sons George and Frederick (1828-1911, my gg-grandfather) in the Riverina district of NSW (Wanganella, Boonoke, Morago) they developed the Peppin merino, a robust sheep that produced large amounts of good wool.  It revolutionised the wool industry in Australia and the Peppin merino strain still dominates the Australian sheep population. Frederick sold the Riverina properties in 1878 and invested in properties in the Gregory district of south-west Queensland (Kyabra, Monkira, Abbotsford), where he lost 90,000 cattle and sheep in the Federation drought.  He was involved in the Australian Frozen Meat Export Co. which fitted sailing ships to carry frozen meat to the English market; was a councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and its president in 1893-94; vice-president of the Federation league; manager of the Alfred Hospital and a committee member of the Austin Hospital for Incurables.

Annette-Bear Crawford (1853-1899) was a feminist and women’s suffragist. She was first president of the United Council for Woman Suffrage founded in 1894. She influenced legislation affecting women such as raising the age of consent to sixteen, the appointment of women as factory inspectors,  the Infant Life Protection Act, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children and helped establish the Queen Victoria Hospital for Women in Melbourne. She said, in 1897, “that most things worth having were originally produced by women. Man, she said, is destructive, while woman is constructive“. Her father established the Tabilk (Chateau Tahbilk) vineyard on the Goulburn River. She married my g-grandfather William Crawford in 1894 but died in 1899, in London of pneumonia. He remarried Evie (my g-grandmother), the daughter of Frederic Peppin.

Links to some things that amuse me