Dr Elliot Duff

Principal Research Consultant

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Elliot Duff is a principal research consultant with CSIRO’s Data61 based in Brisbane. His formal training is in computational physics and metallurgical engineering, but over his career he has been involved in many aspects of autonomous systems development, including: image processing, visualization, navigation and embedded systems design. Since 1999 his main focus has been in the area of field robotics and in particular the development of control and sensing systems that allow machines to operate autonomously outdoors in hostile and unstructured environments. This work has included the automation of large mining excavators, underground ore haulage vehicles and explosive loading machines. For a number of years, he led the robotic perception team with interests in localization and mobile mapping in GPS denied areas. More recently, he led the Autonomous Systems Program with interests in field robotics, sensor networks and cognitive systems. Today he oversees a number of emerging markets, including Spatial Intelligence and the Industrial Internet.

Current Roles

  • Realtime Perception

Academic Qualifications

  • 1995

    University of Queensland, Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering.

  • 1985

    Hons, Adelaide University, Major in Physics and Mathematical Physics

  • 1984

    Adelaide University, Major in Physics, Mathematics and Computing.

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-2017

    Product Program Manager

  • 2014-2015

    Research Director, Autonomous Systems Program

  • 2009-2014

    Project Leader, ICTC, CAT5, "Realtime Perception"

  • 2009-2011

    Project Leader, ICTC, MDU, "Mine Automation Science"

  • 2008-2009

    Project Leader, ICTC, MDU, "Remote Mining"

  • 2007-2008

    Activity Leader, ICTC, RioTinto "Telerobotic Rockbreaker"

  • 2007-2008

    Activity Leader, ICTC, RioTinto "Mine Communications for Surface Automation"

  • 2006-2008

    Project Leader, ICTC, MDU, Mine TeleRobotics

  • 2005-2006

    Researcher, ICTC, ORICA, "Automated Delivery System"

  • 2013-2014

    Stream Leader, Agile Manufacturing in Future Manufacturing Flagship

  • 2005-2006

    Project Leader, ICTC, ACARP "Excavator Guidance"

  • 2004-2005

    Project Leader, CMIT, ACARP "Swing Loader Traffic Control"

  • 2003-2004

    Project Leader, CMIT, ACARP "Sensor and Network Technology Scoping Study"

  • 2002-2004

    Project Leader, CMIT, DAS, "LHD System Specification"

  • 2000-2003

    Project Leader, CMIT, Transcale "Trayscan Technology Transfer"

  • 2000-2004

    Researcher, CMST, DAS, "LHD Technology Transfer"

  • 2000-2003

    Project Leader, CMST, "Mobile Adaptive Video Compression"

  • 2000-2001

    Researcher, CMST, Scale, "LMS Evaluation"

  • 2000-2001

    Researcher, CMST, Orica, "Automation of Charging"

  • 1998-2000

    Researcher, CMST, AMIRA, "LHD Automation"

  • 2009-2013

    Team Leader, ICTC, "Mining Robotics"

  • 1994-1998

    Researcher, DMT, ACARP, "Wear Debis Analysis"

Achievements and Awards

  • 2014

    Medal for Science Excellence

  • 2013

    Australian Eureka Award for Innovation

  • 2003

    CEM One-CSIRO Award to the Mining Automation Group

  • 2002

    CMIT Customer satisfaction award for Automation Team

  • 1999

    CMST One-off reward for outstanding achievements to the "Load Haul Dump" Team

  • 1989

    CSIRO Industrial PhD Scholarship

  • 2013

    Australian National IAward for Research and Develepment

  • 2012

    ICTC Research Achievement Commendation

  • 2011

    ICTC Innovation Commendation

  • 2009

    ICTC Inventors Award

  • 2009

    ICTC Learning Culture Award

  • 2008

    Finalist IEEE-IFR Invention and Entreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award

  • 2007

    ICTC Service from Science Award

  • 2006

    ICTC OH&S Award

Other highlights

  • 2006

    Front page of Australian Mining Journal "Dragline on the Moon"

  • 2004

    Commercialization of Trayscan Technology (License agreement) CSIRO media Release


  • 2005

    ACARP "Excavator Laser Scanner"

  • 2004

    ACARP "Swing Loader Traffic Control"

  • 2002

    ACARP "Sensor and Network Technologies: Scoping Study"

  • 2002

    ACARP "Monitoring and Prevention of Breaker Coal Loss" with JKTechnoloy

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2008

    Chair Automated Mining Equipment Conference

  • 2004-2009

    Member, Australasian Robotics and Automation Society.

  • 2003-2009


  • 2005-2006

    Presenter: Sydney Cebit.

  • 2004

    Program Committee Member of ISARC.

  • 1995-2001

    Member, Australian Pattern Recognition Society.

  • 1998

    Present Seminar to UQ Mechanical Engineering Dept

  • 2016-2017

    Member of Australian BIM Advisory Board


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