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Dr Navinda Kottege

/Navinda KOHT-tay-gay /

Group Leader


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Navinda is the Group Leader for Robotics and Autonomous Systems at CSIRO’s Data61 and also a Principal Research Scientist in the group. He is the Principal Investigator and project leader for the US$10million CSIRO Data61 DARPA Subterranean Challenge project. He led the team that competed and won a US$1million prize at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge finals in September 2021.

Navinda initiated and led legged robot research within CSIRO since 2011, an activity that has grown into a world-class R&D capability within the organisation. Before stepping into the Group Leader role, he led the Dynamic Platforms team and conducted research in legged robot navigation, perception and control with multi-legged robots with a focus on locomotion in complex unstructured environments.

Navinda joined the CSIRO as a Postdoctoral Fellow soon after receiving his PhD in Engineering from The Australian National University in 2009. For his PhD, he conducted research in underwater robotics as a team member of the Serafina project which developed swarming technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
He is a senior member of the IEEE, and is the Chair of the IEEE Queensland joint chapter for Control Systems/Robotics and Automation Societies. He is also a member of the ACM, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at both Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland.

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

  • 2020-now

    Associate Editor, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

  • 2020-2021

    Chair, IEEE Queensland joint chapter for Control Systems/Robotics and Automation Societies

  • 2018-2018

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

  • 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


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