Prof. Stefan Williams - Australian Centre for Field Robotics
The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) has been instrumental in developing breakthrough technologies, conducting world-renowned research and developing field robotics principles and systems.
In this talk Prof Williams will introduce the activities of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics and recent developments in novel methods for seabed imaging developed by his group and identify avenues for future research and collaboration.
Stefan Williams is a Professor of Marine Robotics and a founding member of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University. He was recently awarded the prestigious Diamond Jubilee Fellowships to support the University of Southampton's efforts in Underwater Robotics, hosted by Dr. Blair Thornton of FEE. Prof. Williams's group has lead the marine robotics facility of the decadal Australian IMOS program, which has delivered monitoring data products to Australia's marine scientific community. He is currently head of the University's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, and leads a large group of researchers in the development of visual and acoustic methods for benthic exploration. Prof. Williams' pioneering research in the development and deployment of autonomous underwater vehicles for high-resolutions 3D visual mapping of underwater environments has enhanced our ability to document, understand and protect marine habitats. The systems developed by Prof Williams' group extend beyond data collection, and address bottlenecks in our ability to share, process and extract information from data that has been obtained from the seafloor. Prof Williams is a collaborator on UK marine robotics projects such as the NERC OCEANIDS funded BioCam, and he is an advisor on the recently awarded EPSRC DriftCam program to deliver scalable mapping capabilities. His group's efforts have been the focus of BBC documentaries and have sparked at large number of international research collaborations with the US (WHOI, MIT, U Michigan, University of Rhode Island), Japan (IIS UTokyo) and now the UK (UoS and St Andrews).
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