10:30am - 12:00pm 18th August 2019
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The Kindler (P421)
Science and Engineering Centre (P Block)

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The introduction of driverless vehicles on our roads is predicted to substantially reduce road trauma and to provide transport options for those presently unable to drive or take public transport. So, how will this transformation occur?  

Robotronica’s esteemed panel of QUT researchers and guest speakers will explore this question and more, as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in realising an automated transport system. How will driverless vehicles detect people and other vehicles, and what new regulations and policy frameworks will be required? As information sharing will be required for a robust autonomous system, how will this impact on our privacy, and who will be liable in the event of a crash? Will this signal the end of the cherished weekend off-roading adventure?

Professor Sebastien Glaser, Professor Andry Rakotonirainy, Professor Michael Milford, Mark Burdon, Dr Andy Bond, Belinda Bennett, Nick Mackay, and Joshua Kelland.


Professor Sebastien Glaser
, is a key member of CARRS-Q’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) research team based at QUT. Through many European academic and industry partnerships, he brings to QUT over 15 years' research experience in the safe and sustainable development/deployment of Automated Driving Systems and their interaction with others road users. His career includes a directorship at LIVIC (a research unit of IFSTTAR,  the French Institute of Science & Technology for Transport, Spatial planning, Development and Networks), and project leader at VEDECOM, where he developed Autonomous Vehicle prototypes.

Professor Andry Rakotonirainy, is the Director of CARRS-Q at QUT and founder of its Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) human factors research program, establishing its Advanced Driving Simulator laboratory. With 20 years research and management experience in computer science, he brings advanced expertise in road safety and ITS design and implementation. He has proactively investigated the use of existing and emerging ITS from multiple disciplines such as computer science, mathematics, human factors, engineering, psychology and sociology. His research has made extensive use of driving simulators, traffic simulators and instrumented vehicles for developing system prototypes, assessing cost-benefits, understanding human errors and evaluating system deployment.

Professor Michael Milford conducts interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and is a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur and speaker. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He currently hold the position of Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

Mark Burdon’s research interests are privacy, information privacy law and the regulation of information security. He has researched on a diverse range of multi-disciplinary projects involving the regulation of information security practices, legislative frameworks for the mandatory reporting of data breaches, data sharing in e-government information frameworks, consumer protection in e-commerce and information protection standards for e-courts. His research with Mark Andrejevic examines the sensorization of everyday devices leading to the onset of a ‘sensor society’. Mark’s most recent works focuses on the privacy issues that arise from smart homes particularly involving domestic violence reporting and commercial uses of smart home event data.

Dr Andy Bond is Director, Future Mobility at QUT.  His role looks to the future of transport through the perspective of new technology opportunities and patterns of use based on work in road safety, law, and robotics. His early career was in research and development, culminating in the position of Chief Scientist at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC), where he was responsible for client engagement with research and the transition of technology into commercial opportunities. Prior to QUT, Andy spent a decade in digital health with the Australian Government 

Belinda Bennett is Professor of Health Law and New Technologies in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Director of the QUT Law Lab: Technology, Regulation and Justice. Belinda’s research interests include analysis of the contemporary legal dilemmas associated with the regulation of new technologies. Her current research includes regulatory aspects of driverless cars, and the legal and ethical issues associated with the use of new technologies in health care.

Nick Mackay is the Manager of the Automated Vehicle Regulation team within the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The Automated Vehicle Regulation team leads the Queensland Government’s role in developing nationally consistent policy and regulatory frameworks to support the safe and timely deployment of automated vehicles in Australia. This role requires close collaboration across industry, government and Australian jurisdictions. The Automated Vehicle Regulation team also coordinates applications for automated vehicle trials in Queensland and engages a multidisciplinary group of reviewers to ensure trials are delivered safely.

Joshua Kelland, Executive Manager Consumer Products with the Suncorp Group, leads insurance product design and development. He is passionate about the role technology and insurance can play in enabling safer mobility. Suncorp is proud to partner with QUT and play a role in the motor ecosystem to create safer roads.