The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group facilities at CSIRO QCAT site provides an ideal location for testing field robots, including unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), legged robots, and aquatic robots. Indoor and underground facilities provide testing environments for confined space robots and autonomous subterranean robots.
Our group facilities also have an extensive set of state-of-the-art robotics and mechatronics R&D facilities, which includes:
- Robotics Innovation Centre: The Robotics Innovation Centre officially opened in early 2019 and provides major extensive R&D facilities (including a motion capture system, testbeds for aquatic robotics, UGV and legged robots, etc.), as well as collaborative work environments for joint work with Australian Government agencies, industry and academia.
- Flight Operations Centre: The Flight Operations Centre is a facility approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for UAV research and flight-testing. It includes a large flying field area and a building for UAV engineering work and storage; the centre is used by our group as well as by affiliates and joint ventures.
- Motion Capture Facility: The Motion Capture Facility, operated by RAS group, is the largest motion capture system in Australia. It allows tracking of hundreds of markers simultaneously over a volume of 8 x 8 x 4 m3 at 1000Hz, and has a tracking accuracy of less than one millimetre. The system is reconfigurable to a footprint of 15 x 15 m2 and can be set up outdoors for motion tracking in sunlight. It is used for sensing, modelling and control of UGVs, smaller-scale indoor and outdoor UAVs, legged robots, as well as validation of SLAM algorithms.
- W Block: W Block is a large, secure industrial building with workshop setups for assembly and testing of robotic systems. The interior space is reconfigurable and includes high-bandwidth WiFi and camera tracking systems.
- Rapid prototyping and 3D printing: The RAS group operates the most diverse rapid prototyping capability in Australia, with five 3D printers, three FDM printers, one SLA printer and a polymer jet printer. This allows CPS to cover the span from production-strength parts for robotic systems to experimental soft robotics components evolved by evolutionary algorithms.
- Other facilities include state-of-the-art electronics and mechanical engineering labs, the QCAT Interactive Monitor Wall (with eight 55” high-definition resolution displays), and a distributed outdoor PTZ camera system.
The Robotics Innovation Centre infrastructure is open for use through collaborative projects by industry, government and academia.
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