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Dr Tobias Fischer

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Chief Investigator
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
I wonder what all the layoffs @Meta @Google (+ @twitter) etc. will mean for the research output of those companies at conferences such as @ieee_ras_icra @CVPR @ICCVConference @siggraph? Will they go down in the next few years? Any thoughts?
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Getting busy on a Wednesday morning on our @overleaf ahead of the @CVPR deadline in ~80 hours. Good luck to all the #computervision folks out there! PS: After moving to @openreviewnet I wonder if @overleaf will be the next bottleneck? Tip: enable your @overleaf - @Dropbox sync.
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Hi #ScienceTwitter, does anyone have experience with @github #ClassRoom? I am starting teaching next year (yay!) and one of my first aims is to move away from @MATLAB with its #AutoGrader to another platform that supports @ThePSF #Python. Courses are in Robotics (+some vision).
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Our results show that our approach achieves #competitive performance when compared to several baseline methods (EventVLAD, Event-VPR, Ensemble-Event-VPR), and is particularly well suited for compute- and energy-constrained platforms.
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We contribute a new indoor QCR-Event-VPR dataset captured with a DAVIS346 camera mounted on a mobile @clearpathrobots Jackal #robot (@petercorke59 photo-bombing in the background).
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We explore the distinctiveness of event streams from a small subset of pixels (in the tens or hundreds) for the #VPR task. Using sparse (over image coordinates) but varying (variance over the #events per pixel) pixels enables frequent and computationally cheap location estimates.
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Back in sunny #Brisbane after a great @iros2022. Good news in my inbox: Our paper "How Many Events Do You Need? Event-Based Visual Place Recognition Using Sparse But Varying Pixels" with @maththrills appeared in the @ieeeras #Robotics & #Automation Letters doi.org/10.1109/LRA.20…
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Several #WomenInEngineering top-up #scholarships are now available @QUTRobotics to research #robotic #vision and related areas. More details: linkedin.com/posts/activity… If interested, please reach out via tobias.fischer@qut.edu.au with the subject prefix "[2023 WiE PhD]"
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Anyone from the #casino industry here? This suggests you could use robots to persuade humans to gamble. Just in case profits are not high enough yet ;)
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The four ingredients for humane #robots: @alefreedot starting out a great talk @2022Iros, suggesting robots need to be sensitive, adaptive, considerate and consistent.
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One of my favourite topics, active sensing, discussed by @mpopovic514 in fully autonomous #robots and #drones. Slides so far still use GPs, I wonder if the next slides will reveal implicit representations. @2022Iros
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Sad that the last day of @2022Iros has commenced. I’m starting out the day at the @BADUE22 workshop but will later have to change rooms to hear @alefreedot and @nikoSuenderhauf talking #hri and #probabilistic #robotics in the age of #deeplearning respectively.
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Large crowd of @2022Iros attendees enjoying traditional #japanese music and performances. Great conclusion of the main conference, with many cool workshops lined up for tomorrow.
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Great talk by @GeorgiaChal reminding us that we stand on the shoulders of giants, advocating to augment classical algorithms with modern machine learning techniques to achieve embodied intelligence.
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My good friend @mazrk7 talking about his intention recognition work on wheelchair #robots @2022Iros with @YiannisDemiris @Imperial_PRL. Catch him if you are at #iros2022 - he’s such a nice person.
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Our @qutrobotics @_HelenCarson being grilled by #SLAM guru Cyrill @stachnis and doing a job explaining strengths and limitations of her work on #integrity in #localization for #robotics and #autonomousdriving. With @maththrills and Jason Ford @QUT
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Logistical challenge @2022Iros: capture all @QUTRobotics researchers in one photo. Thanks @MartinaZambelli for being the photographer. Next challenge: tag all researchers, too - not one for today ;). #robotics #kyoto #Japan
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Very proud of @Scarlett_Raine_ who did an amazing job presenting her paper on underwater #segmentation using sparse labels. Great to see the next generation flourish! @2022Iros @QUTRobotics @CSIRO #Robotics @RoboticsAINews #coralreefs #computervision
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End of day 2 @2022Iros. Continue to eat delicious food and bumping into old friends - here with @haroldsoh @tanichu @mazrk7 @MartinaZambelli @roalchaq chatting about teaching the next generation of #roboticists, differences across institutions and more. Loving #conference life!
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Interesting stats. We are doing better in the Asia Pacific region compared to the rest of the world, but still not nearly good enough.
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Join us for the Women in Engineering #WiE forum @iros2022 @ieeeras in half an hour in the main hall! @IEEEorg #womeninengineering
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Made it to @iros2022 :). Very beautiful, well worth the long journey. Caught up with former colleague @mazrk7 and @RoboStack collaborator @wuoulf already, after delicious breakfast with @Scarlett_Raine_. Drop me a message if you are also at #iros and would like to catch up!
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Great to see our project with @intel featured in today's @QUT media release! The project is about using their #neuromorphic Loihi 2 processor for ultra-low-power, highly adaptive #robot localization algorithms. With @Somayeh_HS and @maththrills @QUTRobotics twitter.com/QUT/status/157…
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Great to be attending @ResilResearcher's seminar with lots of tips+tricks to be a more #resilient #researcher, changing one's #mindset to be more positive by identifying strengths, being aware of the #impostor #syndrome and more! @QUTRobotics @QUT @Somayeh_HS @Scarlett_Raine_