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Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV)

Researcher with first humanoid robot that can recognise emotions


ACRV is working to allow robots to see, to understand their environment using the sense of vision. The Centre is delivering the breakthrough science and technologies to create a new generation of robots that can visually sense and understand complex and unstructured real-world environments. The Centre has already created an underwater robot that culls crown of thorns starfish – addressing an impending ecological crisis, without the cost and risk involved in using human divers; created an agricultural robot that can see the difference between weeds and crops and apply the correct dose of the correct herbicide precisely on the weed – potentially reducing herbicide usage by 70%; and created a fruit picking robot that picks the right fruit the right way every time 24×7.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Machine learning techniques for application to robotic vision
  • Scene understanding for robotic vision
  • Knowledge representations and visual question answering (VQA) applied to robotics
  • Understanding of human activities and intent

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


S Block, Level 11, QUT Gardens Point, 2 George Street, Brisbane, Qld, 4000

Organisation type

Australian Research Centre of Excellence – Headquarters

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Last updated:
19 June 2019