Peter Corke

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Peter I. Corke
Born (1959-08-24) 24 August 1959 (age 58)
Residence Brisbane, Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Known for Vision-based robot control, Field robotics
Awards IEEE Fellow, Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Scientific career
Fields Robotics
Computer Vision
Institutions Queensland University of Technology
University of Melbourne
Thesis High-performance visual closed-loop robot control (1994)
Doctoral advisor M.C. Good

Peter Corke is an Australian roboticist known for his work on Visual Servoing, field robotics, online education[1], the online Robot Academy [1] and the Robotics Toolbox and Machine Vision Toolbox for MATLAB (matrix laboratory). He is currently director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision [2], and a Distinguished Professor of Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology. His research is concerned with robotic vision, flying robots[2] and robots for agriculture.[3]

He received Bachelor of Engineering, Masters of Engineering and Ph.D. degrees from University of Melbourne in Australia[4] and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.[5] He served as editor-in-chief[6] of their Robotics & Automation magazine[7] from 2009 to 2013, is a founding editor of the Journal of Field Robotics[8], and a member of the executive editorial board of The International Journal of Robotics Research.

After graduation in 1981 he worked at the University of Melbourne, first as a research assistant and later as a lecturer. His work was concerned with computer-aided control system design and real-time control implementation, and he taught digital control applications and computer architectures.

In 1984 he commenced with CSIRO, formerly the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, where he worked on robotic force control for deburring, flexible manufacturing systems, and custom architectures of high-speed computer vision. He developed an open-source robot control system[9] and vision applications in food processing and for real-time traffic monitoring[10] He spent 9 months at the GRASP Laboratory [3] at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988/9 before returning to Australia and commencing his Ph.D. on the topic of Visual Servoing. He co-authored an early tutorial paper[11] and later proposed the partitioned approach to visual control.[12]

In 1995 he moved to Brisbane and established a program of research into mining automation[13] focussed on Dragline excavators, rope shovels and load-haul-dump (load-haul-dump) units.[14] He founded the Autonomous Systems laboratory of CSIRO ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Centre), and served as research director from 2004 to 2007. From 2005 to 2009 he worked on wireless sensor network technology, was a co-developer of the Fleck wireless sensor node,[15] and investigated applications to environmental monitoring and agriculture,[16] and virtual fencing.[17][18] He was a senior principal research scientist when he left to take up a chair at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010.


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  1. ^ "Online courses put life in Queensland University of Technology's robot pilot". Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "QUT researchers develop new surveillance robots". 4 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Farm robots soon to be a reality". 18 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "QUT biography profile". Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "IEEE RAS Fellow Listing" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "First experience as EiC". 
  7. ^ "Robotics & Automation Magazine". 
  8. ^ "Journal of Field Robotics". 
  9. ^ Corke, P.; Kirkham, R. "The ARCL Robot Programming Systems". CiteSeerX accessible. 
  10. ^ "Safe-T-Cam". Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Hutchinson, S.; Hager, G.; Corke, P. (October 1996), "A tutorial on visual servo control", IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, 12: 651–670, doi:10.1109/70.538972 
  12. ^ Corke, P.; Hutchinson, S. (August 2001), "A new partitioned approach to image-based visual servo control", IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, 17: 507–515, doi:10.1109/70.954764 
  13. ^ Collis, Brad (2002). Fields of Discovery: Australia's CSIRO. Allen&Unwin. p. 336. ISBN 1-86508-602-9. 
  14. ^ McCabe, Bruce (27 June 2006), "Profit from our big bots to go offshore", The Australian 
  15. ^ "Fleck Wireless sensor node". Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Corke, P.; Wark, T.; Jurdak, R.; Hu, W.; Valencia, P.; Moore, D. (November 2010), "Environmental wireless sensor networks", Proceedings of the IEEE, 98 (11): 1903–1917, doi:10.1109/JPROC.2010.2068530 
  17. ^ Butler, Z.; Corke, P.; Peterson, R.; Rus, D. (April 2004), "Virtual fences for controlling cows", Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Robotics & Automation: 14429–4436 
  18. ^ Douglas, Jeanne-Vida (6 December 2005), "Developer keeps computing 'til the cows come home", The Age