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Dr David Howard

Group Leader


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David leads the Robotic Design and Interaction Group and is a Principal Research Scientist in the Cyber Physical Systems program at CSIRO, Australia's national science body. He leads multiple projects at the intersection of soft robotics, evolutionary machine learning, and the computational design of novel physical objects. He currently leads the AI4Design portfolio. His interests include nature-inspired algorithms, learning, autonomy, soft robotics, the reality gap, and evolution of form. His work has been featured in local and national media.

He received his BSc in Computing from the University of Leeds in 2005, and the MSc in Cognitive Systems at the same institution in 2006. In 2011 he received his PhD from the University of the West of England. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM, and an avid proponent of education, STEM, and outreach activities. His work has been published in IEEE and Nature journals.

Other Interests

Running, cycling, and football. I'm a fan of York City and the New England Patriots. I also like to windsurf.I also read when I get the chance; some science/biography, mainly sci-fi and classics.

Current Roles

  • Group Leader
    Robotic Design and Interaction

  • Principal Research Scientist
    Soft Robotics

  • Portfolio Leader

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    PhD Neuroevolutionary Computing

  • 2006

    MSc Cognitive Systems

  • 2005

    BSc Computing

Professional Experiences

  • 2013-2016

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2010-2013

    Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of the West of England

Other highlights

  • 2016-present

    AIM FSP founding member (1 of 3). FSP accepted with $11M funding.

  • 2016-present

    AIM Testbed leader: won funding for 6 projects, currently managing

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2012-present

    Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computing, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems

  • 2013-present

    Member of UARACIN programme committee

  • 2011-present

    Member of ACM GECCO GBML programme committee

  • 2011-present

    Member of IEEE CEC review committee

  • 2017-present

    Pint of Science Presenter

  • 2015-2015

    Science Week Presenter

  • 2014-present

    Numerous PhD confirmation panels

  • 2015-present

    Demo operator for RASG lab tours

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