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Dr Torsten Merz

Principal Research Engineer


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Torsten Merz studied "Applied Computer Science in the Natural Sciences" at the University of Bielefeld (Germany) and graduated 1995 with the degree of "Diplom-Informatiker". From 1995 to 2000, he was a research fellow at the Institute for Pattern Recognition at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). In 2000, he completed a doctoral thesis on the topic of model-based analysis of interference patterns and received a doctorate in engineering (Dr.-Ing.) from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. From 2001 to 2005 he was with the Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Computer Systems Division of the Department of Computer and Information Science at Linköping University (Sweden). He joined the division as a research engineer and later became assistant professor in AI robotics. He was head of the Perception and Control Group which, among others, developed the avionics system for a larger autonomous unmanned helicopter.

In 2006, he joined CSIRO's Autonomous Systems Laboratory as a senior research engineer where he has been leading the development of technologies enabling dependable autonomous flight of unmanned helicopters. His main research interest is dependable autonomy of robotic systems for both research and non-military real-world applications.

Torsten holds a CASA UAV Controller Certificate, a GFA Glider Pilot Certificate (GPC), an EASA Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL) with Touring Motor Glider (TMG) rating. He is the CSIRO Senior Base Pilot for experimental unmanned aircraft operations.

See also: Aircraft Autonomy Research
Robots to ResQu our rainforests

Current Roles

  • Lead Researcher
    Towed Underwater Vehicle Guidance Navigation & Control

  • Senior Base Pilot
    Flight Testing of Experimental Unmanned Aircraft

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    Doctoral degree in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.)
    Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany), Department of Computer Science

  • 1995

    Diplom-Informatiker (Master's equivalent in Applied Computer Science in the Natural Sciences)
    Bielefeld University (Germany)

Professional Experiences

  • 2016

    Project Leader, Unmanned helicopter survey for Miconia

  • 2020-2020

    Project Leader - Precision Aerial Delivery System for Survival Aids - Study

  • 2020-2020

    Project Leader - Airborne Collision Avoidance System - Study

  • 2019-2019

    Project Leader - Autonomous Emergency Landing System - Study

  • 2016-2017

    Project Leader - Unmanned helicopter survey for Miconia

  • 2012-2014

    Project Leader, Project ResQu - Miconia UAS

  • 2008-2018

    Technical Lead Aerial Robotics

  • 2006-2008

    Project and Team Leader - Dependable Field Robotics - Aerial Robotics Activity


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