Navinda is a Research Team Leader and Senior Research Scientist with the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group at the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT), Pullenvale, QLD. He leads the Dynamic Platforms team and conducts research in legged robot navigation and control with multi-legged robots. Navinda joined CSIRO in December 2009 as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Sensor Networks (later Distributed Sensing Systems) group at the Autonomous Systems Lab and conducted research in using acoustics for localisation and ecological monitoring. Previously he conducted robotics research at The Australian National University and was a team member of the Serafina project which developed swarming technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). His fields of interest include Experimental Robotics, Localization, Navigation and Mechatronics. Navinda completed his PhD in Engineering at The Australian National University in November 2009. During his PhD candidature, he designed, developed and experimentally evaluated a novel high precision distributed localization sensor to be deployed on small agile underwater vehicles to facilitate swarming. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and the is the vice-chair of the Queensland joint chapter of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE Control Systems Society. He is also a member of the ACM, an Honourary Senior Lecturer of the University of Queensland and a Visiting Fellow of the Queensland University of Technology.

Professional Areas

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    The Australian National University

  • 2004

    University of Colombo School of Computing

  • 2003

    BSc (Engineering Physics)
    University of Colombo

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2014-now

    Senior Member, IEEE

  • 2013-2014

    TPC member, ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems (WUWNet)

  • 2009-now

    Member, ACM

  • 2008-now

    Member, IEEE Robotics & Automation Society

  • 2005-now

    Member, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

  • 2011-2013

    PC member, Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks & Information Processing conference (ISSNIP)

  • 2010-2010

    PC member, International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotics Systems (DARS)

  • 2005-2014

    Member, IEEE

  • 2018-2018

    Local Arrangements Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)


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