Year in Review – 2019

December 6th, 2019

The Distributed Sensing Systems Group is part of the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Research Program at CSIRO’s Data61, which also encompasses the Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Imaging and Computer Vision and Cybernetics research groups. 

Earlier this year, the CPS Program welcomed Dr Sue Keay as a Program Director to assist in the delivery of scientific research and projects in cyber-physical systems that connect digital devices to the physical environment, such as 3D localisation & mapping, robotics, artificial intelligence, micro-sensors, sensor networks, and image processing.

During 2019, the CPS groups worked on several projects in partnership with industry, government and academia, apart from engaging in multiple outreach activities and taking home various awards for outstanding scientific research and real-world applications.

According to Dr Sue Keay, Program Director, 2019 has delivered both science and impact, responding to the key challenges facing our nation. We’ve also developed innovative new technologies that we’re in the process of commercialising – delivering even more value to the Australian society, the environment and the economy”.


Some of the CPS Program’s highlights in 2019 included:


Distributed Sensing Systems Group

Launch of Senaps: IoT Platform for rapid development of data-driven products. [READ MORE]

BLEAT Technology (Object Monitoring System) Patented. [READ MORE]

DiNeMo (Disease Network Mobility) – finalist for UNSW Eureka Prize. [READ MORE]

D61+ LIVE: a science showcase festival discussing the rise of artificial intelligence. [READ MORE]

Livestock provenance & management information tool – Ceres Tag. [READ MORE]

Basin Futures (water resources planning tool) receives TAS and National iAward.


Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group

Launch of the Robotics Innovation Centre (RIC) at QCAT. [READ MORE]

Qualifying for Phase II of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. [READ MORE]

Advances in autonomous vehicle for demining. [READ MORE]

Climbing robots for Space. [READ MORE]

Agriculture and Space technologies. [READ MORE]

Launch of the Robotics Manipulation Benchmark portal. [READ MORE]



Over 40 engagements with students, industry, government and the wider community. [READ MORE]




Imaging and Computer Vision Group

World’s first Augmented Reality applied to Agriculture. [

Wanda: AI Based Electronic Monitoring of Fisheries Operations. [READ MORE]

AI in health: algorithms for rapid interpretation of medical imaging and diagnosis. [READ MORE]

Honorable Mention and Best Paper Award for ‘Mixed Reality Remote Collaboration’ paper. [READ MORE] 

Outstanding paper award: A new way to generate a map of the internal colon surface. [READ MORE]

SIGGRAPHAsia: Running of the Emerging Technologies section. [READ MORE]


D61+ LIVE: a science showcase festival discussing the rise of artificial intelligence. [READ MORE]





Cybernetics Group

New Real-time Passive Tracking and Situational Awareness technology. [READ MORE]

Advances in Resilient Tactical Communications. [READ MORE].

Over 60 journal papers. [READ MORE]

New European Patent: Reducing out-of-band emission. [READ MORE]

New European Patent: Channel estimation in a multi-user MIMO-OFDM system in the presence of user terminal symbol specific phase offsets. [READ MORE]


Thank you!

To all of our partners from within Data61, CSIRO, industry, government, academia and research organisations: thanks for your trust in our work and collaboration to our success.

We look forward to further extending our collaboration networks in 2020 and beyond!


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