Driverless off-road vehicles

October 11th, 2018

Project description

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group at CSIRO’s Data61 have been developing Autonomous Ground Vehicles that are able to be used for driverless navigation, mapping, scene understanding and manipulation of loads and objects. This can be done in industrial, urban or natural environments.

This area of research focuses on the combination of localization and mapping methods, motion planning, obstacle detection, obstacle avoidance and situation awareness. The algorithms on the vehicle (a John Deere Gator) then translate all these aspects into operational and useful platforms, that can increase productivity and safety in smart industries.

We need motivated students to work on all aspects of field robots for driverless off-road vehicles, including perception, planning and control.

This is an opportunity for Masters and Phd students who wish to complete a placement or Thesis Project as a component of their tertiary study to immerse themselves in an innovative environment to gain valuable skills and experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

The duration of this placement is a minimum of 8 months and it will provide you with access to our leading scientists and mentors, real-life experience working in the robotics area while completing a component of your tertiary study.

Requirements and eligibility

We expect to see a record of outstanding academic standard. High profile students will have access to funding through a selection process.

How to apply

Please contact Dr Paulo Borges to discuss your interest.

Please supply the following information and documentation at the time of contact for your application to be considered:

  • a current c.v.
  • details of grades or an academic transcript
  • the degree you are enrolled in
  • number of years completed


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