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Goodbye & Thank You

We are sad to farewell two of our researchers this month:

* Dr Mickey Clemon from University of Technology Sydney and co-lead of the Quality Assurance & Compliance program. Mickey has been actively involved in our Centre from the beginning, including the initial proposal

Mickey is returning to the US at the end of the year and Dr. Nathalie Sick will become co-lead of the Quality Assurance and Compliance program alongside Dr Michelle Dunn from Swinburne University of Technology.

* Dr Sean Gallagher, Chief Investigator from Swinburne University of Technology working with the Human Robot Workforce program. Sean has been a huge supporter of the Centre’s research.

Luckily for us, both will remain on as Associate Investigators. Wishing you both the best of luck with your new ventures. Thanks for being a part of the team.

2023 Symposium – PhD researcher posters

At our annual symposium each of students were asked to create a research poster. For most of our students, this was the first research poster they have created. Click the PhD researcher’s name to find out more about their project.

Nadimul Haque, UTS
Jagannatha Pyaraka, Swinburne
Nisar Ahmed Channa, QUT
Baris Balci, QUT
James Dwyer, QUT
Jacqueline Greentree, QUT
Phuong Anh Tran, QUT
Mia Bhambri, Swinburne
Fikre Gebremeskel, UTS
Yuan Liu, QUT
Eleonora Zodo, QUT
Jasper Vermeulen, QUT
Akash Hettiarachchi, QUT

2023 Symposium: PhD Poster Winners

At our annual symposium each of students were asked to create a research poster. For most of our students, this was the first research poster they have created. To support them in this, in the weeks prior, our Postdoctoral Research Fellows ran a training session on how to create an effective poster along with tips about how to engage with their audience.

The symposium provided them with an opportunity to practice talking about their research and its potential impact to those within the Centre. We also offered prizes for the top 3 posters as voted by attendees of the symposium.

Our winner was Yuan Liu from QUT (Queensland University of Technology) in our Designing Socio-Technical Robotic Systems program with Jasper Vermeulen (also from QUT and the same research program) coming second and Jagannatha Charjee Pyaraka from Swinburne University of Technology in the Biomimic Cobots Research Program taking third place.

You can view all posters on each of the PhD project pages HERE!

CONGRATULATIONS Barış Balcı – Final Seminar

Massive congratulations to our PhD researcher, Barış Balcı who completed his final seminar today!

His thesis is entitled: Methods for Robotic Surface Finishing. His supervisory team include Professor Jonathan Roberts, Associate Professor Jared Donovan and Distinguished Professor Peter Corke and the review panel included Dr Christopher Lehnert, Dr Fangyi Zhang and Associate Professor Mats Isaksson.

His project addresses the challenges of using industrial robots in the surface finishing processes of custom-manufactured goods. Unlike mass manufacturing, in which goods are produced in high volumes with relatively non-changing manufacturing processes, custom manufacturing needs to overcome frequent process changes to deliver different products. These changes create multiple challenges such as cell design and reprogramming for implementing robotics into custom manufacturing scenarios.

Surface finishing for custom-manufactured products currently relies on high-skilled human operators to achieve the required level of position and force accuracy for the desired outcome. The project has created prototype tools for easing the integration of industrial robots into custom surface finishing operations while combining the knowledge of the human operator and the physical capabilities of the industrial robots.

As part of his thesis, Baris will have three papers published. The first two are below with a third to come in the new year:

* B. Balci, J. Donovan, J. Roberts, and P. Corke, “Optimal Workpiece Placement Based on Robot Reach, Manipulability and Joint Torques,” 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). IEEE, May 29, 2023.

* B. Balci, J. Roberts, J. Donovan, and P. Corke, “Force Controlled Robotic Surface Finishing with Variable Tool Centre Point (TCP),” 2023 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE). Accepted, May 25, 2023.

Barış originally started his PhD as part of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) Design Robotics project with UAP | Urban Art Projects and ARM Hub (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing). He had to pause his PhD for 2 years during the pandemic. When he returned, we were lucky enough to have him join our Centre.

ACRA 2023

Our Biomimic Cobots research program have had a great couple of days at the 2023 Australasian Conference for Robotics & Automation) cohosted by UNSW and UTS Robotics Institute.

Our Centre’s researchers were involved in four papers accepted at the conference:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Fouad (Fred) Sukkar also chaired the Machine Vision session.

Welcome to our new CI’s

We’d like to officially welcome two new Chief Investigators from UTS to the Centre and to our Quality Assurance and Compliance research program.

* Dr. Nathalie Sick is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Technology Management and a core member of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney.
Prior to joining UTS, Nathalie held positions as Assistant Professor for Innovation and Technology Management at the University of Muenster, Germany and led the interdisciplinary young research group Innovation and Technology Management in Energy Storage with the Helmholtz-Institute Muenster.

* Gavin Paul is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at University of Technology Sydney He is part of the UTS Robotics Institute where he leads the ‘Next Frontiers in Robotics’ research sector. Gavin and team are working with mining, transport, manufacturing, construction, space and partner institutions, to develop the next generation of robots and intelligent systems in the field.

OzCHI Workshop 2023

As part of 2023 OzCHI conference held in New Zealand from 1-6th December, our researchers along with those from CSIRO, conducted a workshop on “Empowering People in Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) Why, How, When, and for Whom”. This is the second year this workshop has run and this year it was hybrid.

During the workshop, there were over 17 attendees with a program that included:

A summary of this workshop will be available here:

The workshop organisers included: Stine S. Johansen, ACC; Hashini Senaratne, CSIRO; Alan Burden, ACC; Melanie McGrath,CSIRO; Claire Mason, CSIRO; Glenda Caldwell, ACC; Jared Donovan, ACC; Andreas Duenser, CSIRO; Matthias Guertler, ACC; David Howard, CSIRO; Yanran Jiang, CSIRO; Cecile Paris, CSIRO; Markus Rittenbruch, ACC; Jonathan Roberts, ACC.