2019 Organisers

  • Robert Mahony

    Chief Investigator

    Robert Mahony is a Professor in the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. He received his BSc in 1989 (applied mathematics and geology) and his PhD in 1995 (systems engineering) both from the Australian National University. He is a fellow of the IEEE and was president of the Australian Robotics Association from 2008-2011. His research interests are in non-linear systems theory with applications in robotics and computer vision. He is known for his work in aerial robotics, geometric observer design, matrix subspace optimisation and image based visual servo control.

  • Carol Taylor

    ANU Node Administration Officer

    Carol Taylor is the Node Administration Officer at the Australian National University (ANU). She has previously worked in Administration at the ANU including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology within the Research School of Chemistry and at the Research School of Pacific Studies and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Outside of work Carol enjoys spending time with her family, reading, dancing and having a cup of tea.

  • Masoud Faraki

    Research Fellow

    Masoud Faraki is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision located at Monash University. Previously, he was a PhD candidate at the Australian National University (ANU) and at Data61 located at CSIRO, Canberra, Australia. His main research interests include machine learning and computer vision. He also holds a M.Sc. degree in artificial intelligence and a B.Sc. in computer software engineering.

  • Shelley Thomas

    Communications Specialist

    Shelley joined the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision as Communications Specialist in July 2018. Convinced that everyone has a story to tell, she’s our resident ‘Chatbot’ of sorts. Shelley brings 30 years’ experience in media and communications to the Centre from diverse roles across Australia and overseas, including in England, Africa, Hong Kong and the Galápagos Islands. She’s a Star Wars (not Trekkie) fan and dreams of a real-word Rosey robot, capable of washing and ironing… autonomously! When not sharpening her pencil, Shelley loves getting outdoors (and photographing it) with best mate, black Labrador, Josie. If you’ve got a question about the Centre or looking for story inspo, get in contact. Shelley.Thomas@qut.edu.au P: +61 7 3138 3265 M: +61 (0)416 377 444

  • Michele Sasdelli

    University of Adelaide

    Michele Sasdelli’s original background is in physics. He studied and worked in five countries both in academic and industry environment. He was undergrad in Pisa, Italy with a prestigious scholarship. After graduation he moved to Germany for a PhD at the Max Planck Institute and TUM where he explored the use of machine learning to study supernova spectra and photometry. He worked as a postdoc at the Astrophysics Research Institute in Liverpool, focusing on deep learning applications. He was a research scientist at Cortexica Vision Systems, an AI company in London working on deep learning based algorithms for computer vision. His interests lie in fundamental machine learning questions for computer vision and astrophysics. He is a science enthusiast and firmly believes in cross-feeding between different research fields. He is now a Research Fellow at the ACRV at the university of Adelaide.