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Dr Tobias Fischer

Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Queensland University of Technology
I am passionate about my overarching research goal: providing robots with perceptual abilities that allow safe, intelligent interactions with humans in real-world environments. To develop these perceptual abilities, I believe it is useful to study the principles of the human, animal and insect visual systems. I use these principles to develop new computer vision and machine learning algorithms and validate their effectiveness in intelligent robotic systems. I am enthusiastic about this forward/reverse engineering approach, which combines concepts from computer science and engineering with those from biology and social sciences, as it offers the dual benefit of uncovering principles inherent in the animal visual system, as well as applying these principles to its artificial counterpart. I am a recipient of two best thesis awards and two best poster awards and have acquired grants in excess of 400,000 AUD.
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Tobias Fischer avatarTobias Fischer@TobiasRobotics
Here we go: @rosorg #ROS2 on a new shiny @Apple M1 Silicon (osx-arm64) thanks to @RoboStack and @condaforge. Still not quite ready for the public (some issues in the installation process), but we are nearly there! Stay tuned and follow @RoboStack to get updates.
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Incredibly happy that our @RoboStack paper has been accepted to the @ieeeras Robotics & Automation Magazine 🥳. @RoboStack brings together #ROS @rosorg with @condaforge and @ProjectJupyter. Preprint: arxiv.org/abs/2104.12910. Find out some key benefits in this 🧵: 1/n
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New research out on #spiking #neuralnetworks (SNNs) for place recognition: arxiv.org/abs/2109.06452 - by @Somayeh_HS with @maththrills. SNNs offer compelling advantages, including #energyefficiency and low #latencies, inspired by how our #brain processes information. 1/2
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Excited to share our new work on "Predicting Secondary Task Performance for Cognitive Overload Detection" - Early access: ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/95429… Led by @PVAmadori we explored task performance in a dual-task decision-making driving scenario, aiming for safer shared-control. 1/n
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Very excited to be selected as a participant in this year's Fresh Science workshop. We'll learn about #science #communication in two full-day events with media training, meet&greet with businesses and a presentation at a local pub. Looking forward to meet the other participants! twitter.com/EconnectTeam/s…
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It's been a busy few days for our brilliant PhD student @Somayeh_HS: ICRA+RA-L deadline last Friday, and tomorrow she will present at the @QUT #3MT finals! Keen to hear about spiking neural nets for place recognition? Register: eventbrite.com.au/e/qut-graduate… @QUTRobotics @maththrills
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Join us for our #PhD information night tomorrow night, and learn about the amazing research opportunities @QUTRobotics! Sign up for the event here: tinyurl.com/exdk34ry and check out the many PhD opportunities here: wiki.qut.edu.au/display/raq/Ph… #robotics #computervision #drones #ai
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Our second #IROS2021 paper is on #probabilistic topometric #localization tightly coupled with visual #placerecognition and new-place awareness. This awareness enables localization with significant route deviations between reference and query traverses. arxiv.org/abs/2107.07707 1/3
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I was very fortunate to be involved in two accepted #IROS2021 papers :). One of them tackles #TeachAndRepeat, an important #robotics problem, with a bio-inspired approach, leading to a very efficient approach suitable for #lowcost robots. Preprint: arxiv.org/abs/2010.11326 1/3