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I am currently a research fellow with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision (ACRV).  My research interests are focused on enabling real mobile robots to operate persistently in challenging environments, environments that are real, complex and continually changing. I completed my PhD studies with Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) University of Lincoln, UK in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Tom Duckett. The topic of my PhD was lifelong navigation of mobile robots in dynamic environments. In order to evaluate my research, I have conducted experiments inside real changing environments over periods of several months with real mobile robots. After obtaining my PhD, I moved to Australia to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship under Prof. Peter Corke on the Australian research council discovery project (ARC DP) titled: Lifelong robotic navigation using visual perception (2012-2014). During my postdoctoral fellowship, I’ve focused on persistent mobile robot operation over many weeks in public places. All of my experimental evaluations has been done using real robots operating autonomously inside different public places including a busy university bookshop with the robot covering hundreds of kilometres of autonomous operation. 2015-2016, I worked on a project to enable mobile robots navigation in challenging shallow-water environments using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The focus of the project is to use an AUV to control the population of crown-of-thorns starfish in the great barrier reef. The project is led by Dr Matthew Dunbabin. I also was part of the Queensland DAF Agricultural Robotics Program led by Prof. Tristan Perez in QUT, where I worked on developing enabling robotics technologies for farm robotics.