Dr Inkyu Sa named ‘2020 Field Leader in Australia for Robotics’ by The Australian

September 23rd, 2020

A special report from The Australian released today has named our Research Scientist, Dr Inkyu Sa, as ‘2020 Field Leader in Australia for Robotics’.

Dr Inkyu Sa pictured with our DARPA SubtChallenge robots.

As Dan Tehan, Federal Minister for Education, explains in the foreword of the report, research will be essential to help power Australia’s coronavirus recovery, with the productive capacity of our nation relying on educated workers who are able to access innovation and research to drive opportunity.

The work of Dr Sa, and of other researchers recognised in this report, demonstrate wonderful examples of the innovation and collaboration that takes place across the research sector, with direct economic impacts.

Dr Sa is an expert in deep learning, a technique that enables the computer brain of a robot to learn from experience, giving robots the capacity to make new sets of instructions based on the success, or failures, of the past. It means that robots can be trained, making them far more effective.

Dr Sa is part of our DARPA SubtChallenge team and he is working on techniques to improve a computer’s reliability in identifying things in photographs. This is an important ability for autonomous vehicles, for example, to master. Ensuring they can distinguish between a tree or a human no matter the time of day or weather conditions is critical given that autonomous car will be driving in a very dynamically changing environment.

Read the full report and Dr Sa’s interview on The Australian Special Report on Research here.

Congratulations Inkyu for this significant achievement!

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