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Dr Navinda Kottege

/Navinda Court-Tay-Gay /

Research Director


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Navinda is the Research Director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Program (Robotics, Computer Vision and Distributed Sensing Systems) at CSIRO’s Data61. He was the Principal Investigator and project leader for the CSIRO Data61 team that competed and won the US$1million second place prize at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge finals in September 2021.

Navinda initiated and led legged robot research within CSIRO since 2011, an activity that grew into a world-class R&D capability within the organisation. Before stepping into the Research Director role, he led the Robotics and Autonomous Systems group and also conducted research in legged robot navigation, perception and control with multi-legged robots with a focus on navigation 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 was the Chair of the IEEE Queensland joint chapter for Control Systems/Robotics and Automation Societies during 2020-2021. He is also a member of the ACM, and an Adjunct Professor at 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

Achievements and Awards

  • 2022-2022

    CSIRO Chair's Medal

  • 2022-2022

    Queensland iAward
    Australian Information Industry association

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2020-2023

    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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