About the Autonomous Systems Program

Autonomous systems is an exciting multi-faceted area of research that brings together students and researchers with diverse interests. It is a hot topic around the world, partly because technological advances within the past decade have made it possible to implement complex algorithms on battery-powered equipment at an affordable cost, and partly because autonomous systems are already beginning to enter everyday life, and will soon be prevalent.

The Autonomous Systems Programme is a modest, but active and growing activity within the Melbourne School of Engineering based on the broader philosophy that team-based environments are more rewarding for students and researchers alike. Contributors can focus on the aspects that interest them, without the start-up costs of having to develop the rest of the system themselves.


The selection of projects displayed in the project section exemplifies the types of practical projects currently falling under the scope of the Autonomous Systems Programme.

Some of the underpinning theoretical areas of interest to the programme are:

  • Motion Plannning
  • Object Recognition and Tracking
  • Localisation and Mapping
  • Disturbance Rejection
  • Fault Detection
  • Battery Management
  • Distributed Computing
  • Task Coordination

Students can gain practical experience not only in the mechanical aspects of autonomous systems design but also the computing and software design sides, including using microcontrollers, FPGAs and embedded real-time operating systems.

Contact us if you have an interest in our Autonomous Systems Programme.