Full Name
Navinda Kottege
Job Title
Group Leader – Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group
CSIRO’s Data61
Speaker Bio
Navinda is the Group Leader for Robotics and Autonomous Systems at CSIRO’s Data61 and also a Principal Research Scientist in the group. He is the Principal Investigator and project leader for the CSIRO Data61 team that competed and won 2nd place in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. Navinda initiated and led legged robot research within CSIRO since 2011, an activity that has grown into a world-class R&D capability within the organisation. Before stepping into the Group Leader role, he led the Dynamic Platforms team and conducted research in legged robot navigation, perception and control with multi-legged robots with a focus on locomotion in complex unstructured environments. Navinda joined the CSIRO as a Postdoctoral Fellow soon after receiving his PhD in Engineering from The Australian National University in 2009. For his PhD, he conducted research in underwater robotics as a team member of the Serafina project which developed swarming technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). He is a senior member of the IEEE, and is the Chair of the IEEE Queensland joint chapter for Control Systems/Robotics and Automation Societies. He is also a member of the ACM, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at both Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland.
Navinda Kottege