The ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems was established in January 2003 under the Australian Research Council's Centres of Excellence programme. The Centre brings together three leading research groups:
- Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney,
- Artificial Intelligence and Mechatronics groups at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and
- Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems Group at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
The Centre is funded by the ARC, with significant financial contributions coming from the State Government of New South Wales and the three partner institutions. The Centre also receives considerable support in the form of contract research from both Australian and overseas companies.
- To become the World leader and the national focus for research, development and commercial application of intelligent autonomous systems.
- To undertake innovative research and high quality teaching and training in the autonomous systems field.
- To engage industry in the commercial development of autonomous systems and to deliver the benefits of these systems to society.
- Tomonari Furukawa received the JACM Award for Young Investigators in Computational Mechanics.
- Dikai Liu received a joint Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at the 2006 Carrick Australian Awards for University Teaching.
- Stewart Worrall was one of four finalists selected in 'Showcasing CRC Early Career Scientists 2006'.
- Hugh Durrant-Whyte was appointed an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2006-08.
- Stefan Williams was presented with a NSW Young Tall Poppies Science Awards for his work in research and development of robotics technologies.
- Hugh Durrant-Whyte was elected a Fellow of the IEEE and was made an IEEE Robotics Society Distinguised Lecturer.
- Ali Haydar Goktogan was awarded Best Paper Runner-up for "Airborne vision sensor detection performance simulation" by The Official COnference of the Simulation Industry Association of Australia.
- S.Kumar, F.Ramos, B.Upcroft & H.Durrant-Whyte were awarded IROS2005 Best Paper for "A Statistical Framework for Natural Feature Representation" at International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (Canada) 2005.