Dr. Ben Talbot
location_on Brisbane, Australia

I am a roboticist—I design, build, and experiment with robots—and a researcher in Australia, working on developing the next generation of robots.

In my work, I create new advances in robot capabilities and use them to extend the real world applications of robots. My research interests include cognitive robotics (how robots think and reason), artificial intelligence, and new ways to apply robotic systems.

I am currently a research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology working at QUT Centre for Robotics (QCR), and previously worked in the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV).

In almost a decade of working in robotics, I have melded research, engineering, and real world applications. My PhD research explored how robots can use human cues—like signs, gestures, language, and pictures—to navigate in built environments. The work was a core part of the ARC Discovery Project DP140103216.

I have since created tools for translating new research into real world use with the evaluation and benchmarking project of the ACRV. This work created BenchBot: software that lets researchers see how new research ideas work in simulation and on real robots, using only a few lines of code.

I am passionate about strengthening and sharing knowledge in the robotics community. I like creating new things, but enjoy even more seeing how they can empower the work of others. My commitment to sharing knowledge includes making high-quality software like BenchBot and OpenSeqSLAM2.0 open source, so others can learn from this research and apply it.

I have a PhD and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours I) in Electrical Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology. During my PhD studies, I also led tutoring teams in Advanced Robotics and Microprocessors & Digital Systems. Along the way I've won numerous awards for research, teaching, and scholarship.

My work has also featured in the media, and I enjoy commentating on topics like robotics, engineering, and the crucial role of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

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