Robotics and Automation

Research in robotics and automation involves developing and applying innovative software and technology to drive new-generation autonomous machines, and automate industrial and scientific processes.

robotics and automation

Our Robotics and Automation research is particularly focused on motion control, autonomy and multi-robot collaboration.

Within these areas, our diverse research interests include:

  • robot kinematics
  • nano-positioners
  • exoskeletons
  • calibration
  • bio-inspiration
  • driverless ground, aerial and underwater vehicles
  • feature recognition
  • control systems
  • artificial intelligence
  • mechatronics
  • signal processing
  • system identification.

Research impact

We aim to create robots and automated systems that can not only perform precise movements and tasks as well as humans, but also: learn; operate in unstructured environments; interact safely with humans; and even collaborate with each other.

Our success in this regard frequently translates to significant real-world outcomes. For example, we have created:

  • secure robots for the Australian Defence Force
  • exoskeletons to assist with patient rehabilitation at healthcare facilities
  • automated systems to improve productivity.

Our Robotics and Automation research has the potential to benefit many areas of society. Some industries for which it is especially relevant include:

  • defence
  • agriculture
  • manufacturing
  • healthcare
  • transportation
  • utilities
  • mining
  • construction
  • search and rescue
  • environmental monitoring.

Our researchers

We have expertise across a wide range of areas. Many of our researchers are available to assist with research project supervision for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students.

Research Team Expertise
Associate Professor Steven Grainger Digital control; Digital signal processing; Autonomous robotics
Dr Lei Chen Robotics; Sensors and actuators; Smart cities
Dr Tien-fu Lu Nano-positioning technology; Robotics and exoskeletons; System dynamics modelling and simulation
Dr David Harvey Systems engineering; Mobile robotics; Digital engineering
Associate Professor Rini Akmeliawati Control system design; System identification and modelling; Mechatronics


We collaborate with various industry and government organisations, including:

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