Australian Centre for Field Robotics

About the ACFR
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.

Aerospace @ ACFR
The ACFR has worked extensively over the last 15 years in the research, development and commercialisation of unmanned air vehicles, their sensors, and flight control systems. Examples include multi-UAV flight control, path planning for UAVs, surveillance systems, data fusion algorithms, navigation system development and novel platform design. Applications have included defence, security, animal tracking, environmental and infrastructure monitoring, and mining. Industry collaboration include BAE Systems, US Air Force, US Office of Naval Research, UK Ministry of Defence, Boeing, Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Rio Tinto, Meat and Livestock Australia, Land and Water Australia, and the Australian Research Council.

The ACFR has a major research centre with Qantas focussing on research and development for the fast changing commercial aviation environment. Projects include new flight planning systems, fuel prediction models, and predictive maintenance. Research has also extended into new decision support systems for air traffic control and management.

The ACFR also has a large group working on developing the next generation of space robots. Novel robotic systems design, algorithms for mapping, navigation and control, as well as multi-robot cooperation for applications including planetary exploration.

MER and PhD Students @ ACFR
Masters by Research and PhD students at the ACFR who have worked in our aerospace projects come from a wide discipline background including aeronautical, space, computer science, mechatronic engineering, physics and mathematics. All our aerospace students have gone on to take senior engineering development roles in aerospace companies locally and internationally. During there PhD candidature students have also undertaken 3 month secondments at overseas universities and partner industries as well as participated in international conferences and workshops funded by the ACFR. Top-up scholarships are also available to students who are awarded APA scholarships.