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Biomimic Cobots

The Biomimic Cobots program is led by University of Technology Sydney with three projects that are based at all three partner universities.

Program Co-Leads

Program Postdoctoral Research Fellow

This 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 deploying these new technologies.

The goal of the Program is to allow collaborative robots to mimic humans in acquiring perception and awareness, learning, adaptation and manipulation skills. The Program will develop the robot perception, motion planning and learning theory, and algorithms for safe, reliable, adaptive and comfortable human-robot/robot-robot adaptation for tasks such as welding, assembly, inspection, material handling and polishing.

Through this, the program will seek novel solutions to the following research questions confronting Australian manufacturers:

  1. How a robot gains skills and knowledge with no or minimal task-specific programming;
  2. How a robot mimics human sensing and control ability to execute a contact task in achieving the finishing goals;
  3. How a collaborative robot with augmented mobility executes a complex task in a large unconstrained space.

The Program will further develop testbeds embedded with Partner Organisations to validate the research outcomes resulting from each project.

Learn more about the researchers participating in this program.

Teresa Vidal-Calleja

Research Program Co-lead (Biomimic Cobots program)
University of Technology Sydney
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Mats Isaksson

Research Program Co-lead (Biomimic Cobots program) & Swinburne Node Leader
Swinburne University of Technology
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Fouad Sukkar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Biomimic Cobots Program)
University of Technology Sydney
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Baris Balci

PhD Researcher
Queensland University of Technology
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Jagannatha Pyaraka

PhD Researcher
Swinburne University of Technology
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Nadimul Haque

PhD Researcher
University of Technology Sydney
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Jonathan Roberts

Centre Director
Queensland University of Technology
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Jochen Deuse

Associate Director (Industry Engagement) & UTS Node Leader
University of Technology Sydney
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Marc Carmichael

Chief Investigator
University of Technology Sydney
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Robert Fitch

Chief Investigator
University of Technology Sydney
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Chris Lehnert

Chief Investigator
Queensland University of Technology
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Jared Donovan

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Interaction program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Tobias Kaupp

Alumni
University of Technology Sydney
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Usama Ali

Visiting Researcher
University of Technology Sydney
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Will Browne

Chief Investigator
Queensland University of Technology
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Adrian Müller

Visiting Researcher
University of Technology Sydney
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John McCormick

Chief Investigator
Swinburne University of Technology
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Kartik Choudhary

Associate PhD Researcher
Swinburne University of Technology
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Victor Hernandez Moreno

Chief Investigator
University of Technology Sydney
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Zongyuan Zhang

PhD Researcher
Queensland University of Technology
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Learn more about the research projects that are part of this program.

Project 1.1: Cobot contact tasks through multi-sensory deep learning

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Project 1.2: Cobots learning by demonstration

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Project 1.3: Cobots manipulation with augmented mobility

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Project 1.4: Robotic Surface Finishing for Custom Manufacturing

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The Shorts’ Project

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