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National Science Week


This year, National Science Week 2016 (13-21 August) is celebrating the theme of “Drones, Droids and Robots”. Naturally the Intelligent Robots Group will be involved!

Dr Raymond Sheh will be presenting three lectures throughout the week.

  • Tuesday 16th August, 4.30pm-6.00pm: Free Public Lecture entitled “Intelligent Drones, Droids and Robots: The Artificial Intelligence Challenge”, Tim Winton Lecture Theatre. Please follow this link to register. For inquiries, please email events@curtin.edu.au.
  • Wednesday 17th August, 11.00am-12.00am: Lecture at Acquinas College.
  • Thursday 18th August, 10.00am-11.00am: Free Public Lecture at Curtin University Library (outside the Curtin Library’s Makerspace) as part of the “Brain Break Morning Tea”. Please visit this link to register.

Dr Sheh will also be a member of the expert panel at the Perth launch of the book, Robots and Art – Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis, edited by Damith Herath and Curtin’s own Christian Kroos and Stelarc. This will take place at 4pm on Saturday the 13th of August at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, PICA Reading Room, 51 James St, Northbridge. See links above for details of this free event.

We’re at RoboCup in Leipzig!

The Intelligent Robots Group is leading the development of the Open Academic Robot Kit and the RoboCup Rescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League (formerly the Confined Space Challenge), two initiatives designed to bring the research challenges of the response robotics domain within reach of high schools, undergraduate students and the wider “hacker” and “maker” communities.

As part of this, Dr Raymond Sheh traveled to Leipzig to administer the international RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League demonstration competition, held in Leipzig, Germany, as part of the International RoboCup World Championships.

Dr Raymond Sheh and the five teams that competed in the RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League. 

The event was a great success, with five teams competing over three days. We were able to test out the competition rules and infrastructure and gathered statistically significant performance data on these robots. We also had great success with the Open Academic Robot Kit, with many variations on the Emu Mini 2 appearing. Click on the image above for the report!

If you would like to join us please do visit our website and sign up for our Google Group mailing list!

The Intelligent Robots Group supports the US National Robotics Initiative.

Dr Raymond Sheh from the Intelligent Robots Group was at Capitol Hill, Washington DC, demonstrating the Open Academic Robot Kit at the recent US National Robotics Initiative (NRI) 5th Anniversary event!

20160609-160149UTC-CapitolHill-RKS-ILCE-6300-DSC02289-2Dr Raymond Sheh at Capitol Hill, alongside Dr Elena Messina, head of the Intelligent Systems Division of NIST. The prototype Emu Mini 2 robot is visible on the table.

Hosted by the US Congressional Robotics Caucus, this event showcases some of the projects funded under the NRI and the supporting organisations, including the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Since its inception, the Intelligent Robots Group has been working closely with NIST, as one of the international collaborators on the DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots. The Open Academic Robot Kit is one of the projects that the Intelligent Robots Group is leading.

For more information about the overall project, have a peek at the project brochure here! And of course if you would like to get involved in the Open Academic Robot Kit, the website is here.

The RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League advances!

The Intelligent Robots Group has been working with our partners at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the International RoboCup Federation, for a while now on two initiatives: The Open Academic Robot Kit and the RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League (formerly known as the Confined Space Challenge).

Click HERE for a printable flyer that describes these initiatives in more detail.

We have now finalised the design of the arena and uploaded build instructions! These designs reflect the state of the arena for the upcoming RoboCupRescue International Championship, to be held in Leipzig from the 28th of June.

We demonstrated these initiatives at the recent USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, and the RoboCupJunior USA Championship in New York.


We have also launched a Google Groups mailing list so anyone interested in these initiatives, academic or student, can keep up to date and share their advances. So click, browse, join and introduce yourself!

Seasons Greetings!

We hope all of you are having a relaxing holiday break! All the best for 2016.


The Intelligent Robots Group in Fukushima

Dr Raymond Sheh from the Intelligent Robots Group will be speaking at the Workshop on Standard Test Method for Response Robots (word doc link), held by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at the newly opened Naraha Remote Technology Development Center, on the edge of the Fukushima exclusion zone, on the 6th and 7th of November 2015.

As one of two invited international speakers, Dr Sheh will speak about his experience in Engaging the Research Community using Standard Test Methods. Dr Sheh’s experience in this area spans a decade, first through the RoboCup Rescue Robot League and then later in his work with NIST, DHS and DARPA, including the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Dr Raymond Sheh alongside Prof Satoshi Tadokoro from Tohoku University and Mr Adam Jacoff from NIST. The partially complete experimentation building of the Naraha Remote Technology Development Center is visible in the background.

Free public lecture on Intelligent Robots Thursday (20 August 2015)!

This Thursday the 20th of August, I will be presenting a free public lecture on Computer Science and Intelligent Robotics, as part of National Science Week.

Click here for the invitation email.

Event: National Science Week Public Lecture: Rise of the Machines – Intelligent Robotics
Date: Thursday 20 August 2015
Time: 5.15pm for 5.30pm start – 7.30pm
(refreshments served from 6.30.pm – 7.00pm)
Location: Curtin University Resource and Chemistry PrecinctBuilding 500

Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley

Parking: Parking is available in car park C1, C2 and C3. Please enter via the Manning Road entrance.

Here’s the summary:

Robots have been steadily moving into industry, research, emergency response and healthcare over the last few decades. In our daily lives, robotic toys, pets and vacuum cleaners, join robotic systems embedded in modern cars and smart buildings.

As the field of Computer Science has progressed over the last few decades, so these robots have become more and more intelligent. These advances in intelligence have brought with them considerable advantages as well as new challenges.

As a part of National Science Week 2015, the Intelligent Robots Group at Curtin University would like to invite you to attend a free public lecture on Intelligent Robotics.

In this lecture, Dr Raymond Sheh from the Intelligent Robots Group will lead us on a journey of Computer Science in Intelligent Robotics, through a series of vignettes that cover the recent past, current state and future challenges of this fascinating area.

The lecture will also cover the current work of the Intelligent Robots Group, including some initiatives that bring the research challenges of Intelligent Robots to high schools and the community.

Hope to see you there!

RoboCup Junior Rescue and Open Day

Over two weekends in August, the Intelligent Robots Group showcased its work to the wider Perth community.

During the Curtin University Open Day on the 2nd, the Baxter Research Robot, the RoboCupRescue Confined Space Robotics Challenge and the Open Academic Robot Kit were demonstrated in Building 314.


The following week, the RoboCup Junior Western Australia competition also saw a demonstration of Baxter, the Confined Space Robotics Challenge and the Open Academic Robot Kit. These activities aim to not only inform the community about the work of the Intelligent Robots Group but to also encourage schools in the Perth area to join the second pilot of these initiatives.

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We would like to thank the teachers and students from Scotch College and Christchurch Grammar School for their assistance in showing off the Open Academic Robot Kit and Confined Space Challenge competitions!


Congratulations rUNSWift!

The Intelligent Robots Group congratulates the Team UNSW Australia (formerly rUNSWift) RoboCup Standard Platform League team on its World Championship win at this year’s RoboCup 2015 in Hefei, China!


Team UNSW Australia (formerly rUNSWift), world champions at RoboCup 2015!

Team rUNSWift holds a special connection to the Intelligent Robots Group. Dr. Raymond Sheh, head of the Intelligent Robots Group, was a member of the 2003 rUNSWift team which also won the World Championship, held in Padua, Italy that year.

Raymond Sheh and the rest of the rUNSWift team back in 2003.

At the 2015 Robotics World Cup!

The Intelligent Robots Group is at the RoboCup World Championships, held in Hefei, China! Dr. Raymond Sheh, Head of the Intelligent Robots Group, traveled to the event, accompanied by undergraduate project student Murillo Ferreira, high school teachers Patrick Louden and Steven Riddell from Christchurch Grammar School and Scotch College respectively, and high school students Felix King, James Oakey and James Barr.

In addition to Raymond’s role on the Executive and Organising Committees of the RoboCupRescue Robot League, the group promoted and disseminated the Open Academic Robot Kit and Confined Space Robotic Challenge initiatives, gathered feedback from international collaborators and made plans for how to progress these initiatives forward.


The contingent from Western Australia, along with collaborators from Canberra and Maryland, USA next to the mini arena at RoboCup 2015.

Developing Artificial Intelligence for the Robots of Tomorrow