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Dr Lars Petersson

Group Leader and Senior Principal Research Scientist


Dr Lars Petersson is a Group Leader and Senior Principal Research Scientist within the Imaging and Computer Vision Group , Data61, CSIRO, Australia. There, he is leading a group of 30+ staff of researchers and engineers developing computer vision technologies useful in real world commercial applications while also pushing the boundaries of state-of-the-art research via publications in top-tier venues. The group is also supervising 30+ Computer Vision PhD students in areas such as action recognition, real-time instance segmentation, human pose estimation etc. He is also co-leading one of the activities under CSIRO’s Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Future Science Platform effort where with a team of 10 postdocs and about 40 researchers from 6 Business Units, data science problems from the smallest of microscopy scales to the largest of astronomical scales are addressed by developing new and novel MLAI technologies. Previous to joining Data61/CSIRO, he was a Principal Researcher and Research Leader in NICTA’s computer vision research group where, from 2003 until 2016, he was leading projects such as Smart Cars, AutoMap, and Distributed Large Scale Vision. Before joining NICTA, he did one year of postdoctoral research at the Australian National University. He received his PhD in March 2002 from KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, where he also received his Master’s degree in Engineering Physics.

Other Interests

Lars has a keen interest in finding the boundaries of what is possible and then attempt to go beyond. Finding connections between different fields of study and seemingly unrelated domains. In his leadership role of the Object Detection Activity in the MLAI FSP in CSIRO, he has the opportunity to exercise this interest together with excellent domain researchers in these Business Units:

Current Roles

  • Senior Principal Research Scientist
    Group Leader of the Imaging and Computer Vision Group

  • MLAI FSP Activity Leader

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    PhD in Robotics and Computer Vision

  • 1996

    Master in Engineering Physics