Dr Airlie Chapman - The University of Melbourne

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15 November 2018

Bridging the gap between humans and robots

Melbourne based mechatronic engineer, Airlie Chapman, is changing the face of a male-dominated industry. Focusing on the way robots interact with the world around us, these human-swarm interactions could provide an array of benefits from emergency surveillance, agriculture monitoring or military applications, in our vast ‘borderless’ country.

Airlie’s research is future focused, examining the way the world will integrate and interact with robots, and as a result make certain tasks easier. She takes inspiration from nature to develop algorithms for robots and design functional networks that work together with humans to achieve more efficient and robust outcomes.

Australia is an ideal location for autonomous technology, as robotic swarms can work collectively to assist humans in covering large areas or entering dangerous environments.

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