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QUT robotics researchers have a new robotic best friend

The Australian Cobotics Centre’s Associate PhD Student, Marisa Bucolo, was recently featured in the Queensland University of Technology News as one of the QUT Robotics Researchers teaching Spot new tricks. Spot is an agile mobile robot that navigates terrain with unprecedented mobility, allowing you to automate routine inspection tasks and data capture safely, accurately, and frequently.

Bucolo, working with Professor Matt Dunbabin, Centre Director Jonathan Roberts and Program 2 Co-lead Jared Donovan, is using Spot to study how robots can signal their intentions to people.

Click below to read the full article titled ‘QUT robotic researchers teaching Spot new tricks’ the – Queensland University of Technology News.

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Happy World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development!

Happy World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development!

Today we recognise and celebrate the contribution of engineers and the importance their work plays in building a sustainable, secure, healthy and better world.

Engineering is crucial to the development of new technologies enabling the 4th Industrial Revolution such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, robotics or quantum computing.  The strength of our Australian Cobotics Centre is its team of multi-disciplinary researchers and industry partners.  But today we celebrate our Centre’s engineers who hold undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Mechatronics, Automation, Manufacturing, Materials Engineering and  Engineering Physics. This range of engineering skills and experience is being used to develop robots that are able to mimic humans. Advancements in robotic engineering will allow many workers to avoid the dirty, repetitive, and dangerous tasks they currently encounter. Instead the workers will use collaborative robots as one of the new tools at their disposal.

The Australian Cobotics Centre has a research program specifically dedicated to understanding how this can be achieved. The Biomimic Cobots Program aims to address the fundamental challenges of enabling robots to work with humans in the conditions Australian manufacturing industry demands, and to build skills and capacity for the future workforce using and deploying these new technologies.

The Biomimic Cobots Program is led by engineers Associate Prof. Teresa Vidal-Calleja and Prof. XiaoQi Chen. Prof. Vidal-Calleja is a robotics expert focusing on enabling robots to be deployed in environments that are hazardous or difficult for people to access and Prof. Chen’s research interests cover robotics, smart manufacturing, advanced materials processing, additive manufacturing, and autonomous systems.

The program team also includes engineering researchers Prof. Jonathan Roberts, Dist. Prof. Peter Corke, Prof. Robert Fitch , Prof. Jochen Deuse , Dr Mats Isaksson, Dr Marc Carmichael and Fouad Sukkar. One of the program’s first project includes Engineers in QUT’s Research Engineering Facility and Industry Partner InfraBuild. The aim of the project is to research and develop a high-speed sensing and control system that is capable of identifying and moving steel rods and bars and have the ability to be able to work safely within relative proximity of their operators. This will result in better working conditions for employees who will operate the cobot, reducing manual handling tasks, which will result in higher quality products for their customers.

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Thank you for an E.P.I.C 2021!

​As we approach the end of 2021, we often take stock of the year that has just passed. We look back on the successes, look for opportunities to enhance or improve in some area, and of course we begin to look forward to a well-earned rest from our day to day work responsibilities.

We would like to thank all our Australian Cobotics Centre members, industry partners and stakeholders for their hard work, commitment and support during this year. Our unique combination of people, expertise and backgrounds is what makes us successful as a Centre.

As we head into a new year, we look forward to another E.P.I.C year, and we are excited to embrace new opportunities and collaborations.

We wish you and your families a happy holiday season!


Prestigious Academy of Social Sciences recognises Professor Paula McDonald

The Australian Cobotics Centre congratulates Professor Paula McDonald who has been newly elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor McDonald is one of the select group of leading social scientists from across Australia’s universities and research institutes who have been elected to the Academy this year.

Professor McDonald is one of the Research Program Co-lead for the Australian Cobotics Centre’s Human-Robot Workforce program led at QUT; a Professor of Work and Organisation; and Associate Dean, Research in the QUT Faculty of Business and Law.

Each year, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia elects the most distinguished social scientists in Australia as Fellows. These New Fellows will join the ranks of over 700 of Australia’s leading researchers and professionals across the social science disciplines. For 50 years, research and advice from Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia has shaped government policies, been called on by Australia’s leaders, and played a key role in shaping our nation. Today’s announcement brings the number of Fellows in the Academy to 742.

A list of 2021 new Fellows can be found here.

An online event featuring brief presentations from each of the new Fellows will be held on 24 November, 4:30-7:00 pm AEDT. This event is open to the public via the Academy’s website:


Australian Welding Magazine features the Australian Cobotics Centre!

The Australian Cobotics Centre features in the latest edition of Australian Welding Magazine, the Official Journal of Weld Australia! 

Weld Australia are one of the Centre’s industry partners and represent the welding profession in Australia. Their primary goal is to ensure that the Australian welding industry remains both locally and globally competitive, both now and into the future. 

One of Weld Australia’s members, IR4, is also an industry partner. IR4 offer flexible automation solutions that seek to leverage industry 4.0 technology as well as machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. The Centre’s research programs complement the work of IR4 by providing human intent considerations and the research and development experience required for capability advancement. CEO Geoff Crittenden notes that Weld Australia is able to offer practical solutions to industry that flow on from the work of the Centre. 

The article also features an interview with Australian Cobotics Centre Director, Jonathan Roberts, who highlights the holistic and multidisciplinary approach the Centre will take in addressing the technological advances and the human and design factors that need to be considered when implementing collaborative robotics.

Click below to read the full five page feature article titled ‘Australian Cobotics: Safer More Efficient, Globally Competitive, Manufacturing Industry’

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