The ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems was established in January 2003 under the Australian Research Council’s Centres of Excellence programme and concluded at the end of 2010.Autonomous systems represent the next great step in the fusion of machines, computing, sensing, and software to create intelligent systems capable of interacting with the complexities of the real world. Autonomous systems are the physical embodiment of machine intelligence. The aim of the Centre is to research and explore the nature of intelligence in problems of perception learning and control, and thus to lay the scientific groundwork for the development and application of intelligent autonomous systems
The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is based in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at The University of Sydney, and is dedicated to the research, development, application and dissemination of autonomous and intelligent robots and systems for operation in outdoor environments.
The ACFR is one of the largest robotics research institutes in the world and has been instrumental in developing breakthrough technologies and in conducting world-leading research and development of field robotics principles and systems.
The ACFR has partnered with major national and international agencies in academia, government and industry, and has established a number of leading research centres funded by the Australian Research Council, mining, security and defence, and environmental agencies.
The group has substantial experimental facilities including three laboratories and a field test site, a range of experimental and production vehicles, industry-quality mechanical and electrical design and fabrication facilities, and employs the latest in embedded computing, sensing and control technologies.
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision will play a key role in overcoming this roadblock. It will develop the underlying science and technologies that will enable robots to see, to understand their environment using the sense of vision, and to perform useful tasks in the complex, unstructured and dynamically changing environments in which we live and work.