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I am a roboticist, building robots that see and do useful things in the real-world! I am co-founder of LYRO Robotics, a deep-tech startup based in Brisbane, Australia, creating robotic picking and packing solutions. LYRO was created after we won he Amazon Robotics Challenge at the Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision (ACRV) in 2017. At the ACRV I was the research lead for the Manipulation research stream (previously Vision and Action project). My research focus is on integrating Robotics, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence (AI & Machine Learning) for robust grasping and manipulation in real-world scenarios. I have been active in the local Brisbane deep-tech ecosystem and started Brisbane.AI and the brisbane robotics interest group.
Before joining the ACRV node in Peter Corke's lab at QUT I worked at the IDSIA Robotics Lab and received a PhD from the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) for my work on robotic learning for visual perception and actions on the iCub humanoid. Previously I worked on Space Security and AI at the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency. I studied Space Robotics in a Joint European Master Programme (SpaceMaster) at Aalto (TKK) and the Kiruna Space Campus (LTU). Most of my work has been published in (Space) Robotics, ML and AI conferences.

News and Current Projects

ACRV wins Amazon Robotics Challenge!

Team ACRV (Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision) won the 2017 Robotics Challenge held in Nagoya! Cartman outperformed 15 other teams to win us 80000 USD prize money! ­čĆć
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Australian Centre of Robotic Vision

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision will play a key role in developing the underlying science and technologies that will enable robots to see, to understand their environment using the sense of vision, and to perform useful tasks in the complex, unstructured and dynamically changing environments in which we live and work.

icVision - Robotic Vision Framework

icVision is an easy-to-use, modular framework performing computer vision related tasks in support of cognitive robotics research on the iCub humanoid robot. The system currently allows object recognition, identification and localisation. One of the main design goals is to allow rapid ...

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