Biomedical Engineering
School of ITEE

ARC DECRA for Dr Paul Pounds

In 2012 Dr Paul Pounds, a member of the Robotic group at UQ, won a prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). The scheme was developed to provide more focused support for researchers and create more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

Paul's research focuses on Robot aircraft that can physically interact with their surroundings can perform useful tasks beyond the passive observation role played by current unmanned aerial vehicles. The aim of this project is to contribute to the fundamental science and technology needed to enable new aerial manipulation capabilities by developing control methods and mechanisms to maintain stable aircraft flight during contact and interaction with surroundings. Paul will develop new user interfaces that will enable operators to detect and respond to vehicles touching surfaces and objects. The results of the project will allow remote pilots to bring aircraft into contact with objects and surfaces to perform tasks impossible with existing aerial robot systems.