Dr Robert Fitch

Senior Research Fellow
Australian Centre for Field Robotics

J04 - Rose Street Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 9194
Fax +61 2 9351 7474

Website Australian Centre for Field Robotics

Teaching and supervision

MTRX4700 - Experimental Robotics

MTRX5700 - Experimental Robotics

Selected grants

2014

  • Active Segmentation for Cooperative Mobile Robots in Outdoor Environments; Sukkarieh S, Fitch R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Alligator Weed detection with UAV's; Fitch R, Sukkarieh S; Department of Primary Industries (Vic)/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Fitch, R., McAllister, R. (2013). Hierarchical planning for self-reconfiguring robots using module kinematics. In A. Martinoli, F.Mondada,N. Correll, G.Mermoud,M.Egerstedt, M. Ani Hsieh,Lynne E. (Eds.), Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems: The 10th International Symposium, (pp. 477-490). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Peynot, T., Fitch, R., McAllister, R., Alempijevic, A. (2013). Resilient navigation through probabilistic modality reconfiguration. In S. Lee, H. Cho, K.-J. Yoon and J. Lee (Eds.), Intelligent Autonomous Systems 12, (pp. 75-88). Springer.
  • Upcroft, B., Makarenko, A., Brooks, A., Moser, M., Alempijevic, A., Donikian, A., Sprinkle, J., Uther, W., Fitch, R. (2012). Empirical Evaluation of an Autonomous Vehicle in an Urban Environment. In Rouff, Christopher; Hinchey, Mike (Eds.), Experience from the DARPA Urban Challenge, (pp. 273-301). London: Springer.

Journals

  • Gan, J., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2014). Online decentralized information gathering with spatial–temporal constraints. Autonomous Robots, 37(1), 1-25. [More Information]
  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2014). Scalable multi-radio communication in modular robots. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62(7), 1034-1046. [More Information]
  • Xu, Z., Fitch, R., Underwood, J., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Decentralised Coordinated Tracking with Mixed Discrete-Continuous Decisions. Journal of Field Robotics, 30(5), 717-740. [More Information]
  • Fitch, R., McAllister, R. (2012). Hierarchical Planning for Self-Reconfiguring Robots Using Module Kinematics. Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, 83, 477-490. [More Information]
  • Singh, S., Fitch, R., Williams, S. (2010). A research-driven approach to undergraduate robotics education. Computers in Education Journal, 1(4), 21-27.
  • Sprinkle, J., J. Mikael, E., Gonzalez, H., Grøtli, E., Upcroft, B., Makarenko, A., Uther, W., Moser, M., Fitch, R., Durrant-Whyte, H., et al (2009). Model-based design: a report from the trenches of the DARPA Urban Challenge. Software and Systems Modeling, 8, 551-566. [More Information]
  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z. (2008). Million Module March: Scalable Locomotion for Large Self-Reconfiguring Robots. International Journal of Robotics Research, 27(3-4), 331-343. [More Information]
  • Upcroft, B., Makarenko, A., Moser, M., Alempijevic, A., Donikian, A., Uther, W., Fitch, R. (2007). Empirical Evaluation of an Autonomous Vehicle in an Urban Environment. Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, 4(12), 1086-1107.
  • Fitch, R., Rus, D. (2003). Self-Reconfiguring Robots in the USA. Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan, 21(8), 4-10.
  • Butler, Z., Fitch, R., Rus, D. (2002). Distributed Control for Unit-Compressible Robots: Goal-Recognition, Locomotion, and Splitting. IEEE-ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 7(4), 418-430.

Edited Journals

  • Fitch, R., Stoy, K., Kernbach, S., Nagpal, R., Shen, W. (2014). Reconfigurable modular robotics. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62(7).

Conferences

  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2014). Online task planning and control for aerial robots with fuel constraints in winds. The Eleventh International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics, online at this stage.
  • Gerardo Castro, M., Peynot, T., Ramos, F., Fitch, R., Peynot, T. (2014). Robust multiple-sensing-modality sata fusion using Gaussian process implicit surfaces. 17th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2014). IEEE.
  • Alempijevic, A., Fitch, R., Kirchner, N. (2013). Bootstrapping Navigation and Path Planning Using Human Positional Traces. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Piscataway: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Xu, Z., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Decentralised Coordination of Mobile Robots for Target Tracking with Learnt Utility Models. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Piscataway: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, J., Lawrance, N., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Energy-Constrained Motion Planning for Information Gathering with Autonomous Aerial Soaring. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Piscataway: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Patten, T., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Large-scale near-optimal decentralised information gathering with multiple mobile robots. Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2013, Sydney: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Provably-Correct Stochastic Motion Planning with Safety Constraints. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Piscataway: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Ball, D., Ross, P., English, A., Patten, T., Upcroft, B., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S., Wyeth, G., Corke, P. (2013). Robotics for sustainable broad-acre agriculture. 9th Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR), Brisbane, Australia: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2013). Zero Mutual Interference Network for Intelligent Vehicle Communication. 2013 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium Workshop, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: IEEE. [More Information]
  • Kassir, A., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Decentralised Information Gathering with Communication Costs. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), Piscataway, NJ, USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Xu, Z., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Learning Utility Models for Decentralised Coordinated Target Tracking. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), Piscataway, NJ, USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • McAllister, R., Peynot, T., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Motion Planning and Stochastic Control with Experimental Validation on a Planetary Rover. 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Piscataway, NJ: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Probabilistic temporal logic for motion planning with resource threshold constraints. Robotics: Science and Systems VIII, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Robotics Science and Systems.
  • Gan, J., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Real-Time Decentralized Search with Inter-Agent Collision Avoidance. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), Piscataway, NJ, USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Peynot, T., Fitch, R., McAllister, R., Alempijevic, A. (2012). Resilient Navigation Through Probabilistic Modality Reconfiguration. The 12th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Jeju Island, Korea: Intelligent Autonomous Systems Society.
  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2011). A Multi-Radio Architecture for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Communication in Modular Robots. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA 2011, USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2010). A concentric network algorithm for spatial reuse in networked robotics. 2010 Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation (ACRA 2010), Australia, USB stick: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Fitch, R., McAllister, R. (2010). Hierarchical Planning for Self-Reconfiguring Robots Using Module Kinematics. 10th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems DARS2010. Springer.
  • Kirchner, N., Alempijevic, A., Caraian, S., Fitch, R., Hordern, D., Hu, G., Paul, G., Richards, D., Singh, S., Webb, S. (2010). RobotAssist - a platform for human robot interaction research. 2010 Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation (ACRA 2010), Australia, USB stick: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Lal, R., Fitch, R. (2009). A hardware-in-the-loop simulator for distributed robotics. 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Sydney: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Fitch, R., Lal, R. (2009). Experiments with a ZigBee Wireless Communication System for Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robots. 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Online: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2009). Towards a parallel wireless radio communication architecture for modular robots. 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Sydney: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Fitch, R., Hengst, B., Suc, D., Calbert, G., Scholz, J. (2008). Structural Abstraction Experiments in Reinforcement Learning. 18th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI 2005), Germany: Springer.
  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z. (2007). Scalable Locomotion for Large Self-Reconfiguring Robots. 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA 2007, United States: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Phua, C., Fitch, R. (2007). Tracking Value Function Dynamics to Improve RL with PLFA. 24th International Conference on Machine Learning, Madison, Wisconsin, USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z., Rus, D. (2005). Reconfiguration Planning Among Obstacles for Heterogeneous Self-Reconfiguring Robots. 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation: Robots Get Closer To Humans ICRA 2005, United States: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z., Rus, D. (2004). In-Place Distributed Heterogeneous Reconfiguration Planning. 7th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 6 (DARS), Japan: Springer.
  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z., Rus, D. (2003). Reconfiguration planning for heterogeneous self-reconfiguring robots. 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2003), USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Butler, Z., Fitch, R., Rus, D., Wang, Y. (2002). Distributed Goal Recognition Algorithnis for Modular Robots. IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation, 2002, Piscataway NJ USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Butler, Z., Fitch, R., Rus, D. (2002). Experiments in Distributed Control for Modular Robots. 8th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER 02), Germany: Springer.
  • Butler, Z., Fitch, R., Rus, D. (2002). Experiments in distributed locomotion witha unit-compressible modular robot. 2002 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 02), USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

2014

  • Gan, J., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2014). Online decentralized information gathering with spatial–temporal constraints. Autonomous Robots, 37(1), 1-25. [More Information]
  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2014). Online task planning and control for aerial robots with fuel constraints in winds. The Eleventh International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics, online at this stage.
  • Fitch, R., Stoy, K., Kernbach, S., Nagpal, R., Shen, W. (2014). Reconfigurable modular robotics. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62(7).
  • Gerardo Castro, M., Peynot, T., Ramos, F., Fitch, R., Peynot, T. (2014). Robust multiple-sensing-modality sata fusion using Gaussian process implicit surfaces. 17th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2014). IEEE.
  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2014). Scalable multi-radio communication in modular robots. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62(7), 1034-1046. [More Information]

2013

  • Alempijevic, A., Fitch, R., Kirchner, N. (2013). Bootstrapping Navigation and Path Planning Using Human Positional Traces. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Piscataway: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Xu, Z., Fitch, R., Underwood, J., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Decentralised Coordinated Tracking with Mixed Discrete-Continuous Decisions. Journal of Field Robotics, 30(5), 717-740. [More Information]
  • Xu, Z., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Decentralised Coordination of Mobile Robots for Target Tracking with Learnt Utility Models. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Piscataway: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, J., Lawrance, N., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Energy-Constrained Motion Planning for Information Gathering with Autonomous Aerial Soaring. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Piscataway: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Fitch, R., McAllister, R. (2013). Hierarchical planning for self-reconfiguring robots using module kinematics. In A. Martinoli, F.Mondada,N. Correll, G.Mermoud,M.Egerstedt, M. Ani Hsieh,Lynne E. (Eds.), Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems: The 10th International Symposium, (pp. 477-490). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Patten, T., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Large-scale near-optimal decentralised information gathering with multiple mobile robots. Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2013, Sydney: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2013). Provably-Correct Stochastic Motion Planning with Safety Constraints. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Piscataway: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Peynot, T., Fitch, R., McAllister, R., Alempijevic, A. (2013). Resilient navigation through probabilistic modality reconfiguration. In S. Lee, H. Cho, K.-J. Yoon and J. Lee (Eds.), Intelligent Autonomous Systems 12, (pp. 75-88). Springer.
  • Ball, D., Ross, P., English, A., Patten, T., Upcroft, B., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S., Wyeth, G., Corke, P. (2013). Robotics for sustainable broad-acre agriculture. 9th Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR), Brisbane, Australia: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2013). Zero Mutual Interference Network for Intelligent Vehicle Communication. 2013 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium Workshop, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: IEEE. [More Information]

2012

  • Kassir, A., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Decentralised Information Gathering with Communication Costs. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), Piscataway, NJ, USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Upcroft, B., Makarenko, A., Brooks, A., Moser, M., Alempijevic, A., Donikian, A., Sprinkle, J., Uther, W., Fitch, R. (2012). Empirical Evaluation of an Autonomous Vehicle in an Urban Environment. In Rouff, Christopher; Hinchey, Mike (Eds.), Experience from the DARPA Urban Challenge, (pp. 273-301). London: Springer.
  • Fitch, R., McAllister, R. (2012). Hierarchical Planning for Self-Reconfiguring Robots Using Module Kinematics. Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, 83, 477-490. [More Information]
  • Xu, Z., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Learning Utility Models for Decentralised Coordinated Target Tracking. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), Piscataway, NJ, USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • McAllister, R., Peynot, T., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Motion Planning and Stochastic Control with Experimental Validation on a Planetary Rover. 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Piscataway, NJ: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Probabilistic temporal logic for motion planning with resource threshold constraints. Robotics: Science and Systems VIII, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Robotics Science and Systems.
  • Gan, J., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2012). Real-Time Decentralized Search with Inter-Agent Collision Avoidance. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), Piscataway, NJ, USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Peynot, T., Fitch, R., McAllister, R., Alempijevic, A. (2012). Resilient Navigation Through Probabilistic Modality Reconfiguration. The 12th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Jeju Island, Korea: Intelligent Autonomous Systems Society.

2011

  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2011). A Multi-Radio Architecture for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Communication in Modular Robots. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA 2011, USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

2010

  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2010). A concentric network algorithm for spatial reuse in networked robotics. 2010 Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation (ACRA 2010), Australia, USB stick: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Singh, S., Fitch, R., Williams, S. (2010). A research-driven approach to undergraduate robotics education. Computers in Education Journal, 1(4), 21-27.
  • Fitch, R., McAllister, R. (2010). Hierarchical Planning for Self-Reconfiguring Robots Using Module Kinematics. 10th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems DARS2010. Springer.
  • Kirchner, N., Alempijevic, A., Caraian, S., Fitch, R., Hordern, D., Hu, G., Paul, G., Richards, D., Singh, S., Webb, S. (2010). RobotAssist - a platform for human robot interaction research. 2010 Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation (ACRA 2010), Australia, USB stick: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).

2009

  • Lal, R., Fitch, R. (2009). A hardware-in-the-loop simulator for distributed robotics. 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Sydney: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Fitch, R., Lal, R. (2009). Experiments with a ZigBee Wireless Communication System for Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robots. 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Online: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Sprinkle, J., J. Mikael, E., Gonzalez, H., Grøtli, E., Upcroft, B., Makarenko, A., Uther, W., Moser, M., Fitch, R., Durrant-Whyte, H., et al (2009). Model-based design: a report from the trenches of the DARPA Urban Challenge. Software and Systems Modeling, 8, 551-566. [More Information]
  • Kuo, V., Fitch, R. (2009). Towards a parallel wireless radio communication architecture for modular robots. 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Sydney: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).

2008

  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z. (2008). Million Module March: Scalable Locomotion for Large Self-Reconfiguring Robots. International Journal of Robotics Research, 27(3-4), 331-343. [More Information]
  • Fitch, R., Hengst, B., Suc, D., Calbert, G., Scholz, J. (2008). Structural Abstraction Experiments in Reinforcement Learning. 18th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI 2005), Germany: Springer.

2007

  • Upcroft, B., Makarenko, A., Moser, M., Alempijevic, A., Donikian, A., Uther, W., Fitch, R. (2007). Empirical Evaluation of an Autonomous Vehicle in an Urban Environment. Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, 4(12), 1086-1107.
  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z. (2007). Scalable Locomotion for Large Self-Reconfiguring Robots. 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA 2007, United States: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Phua, C., Fitch, R. (2007). Tracking Value Function Dynamics to Improve RL with PLFA. 24th International Conference on Machine Learning, Madison, Wisconsin, USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

2005

  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z., Rus, D. (2005). Reconfiguration Planning Among Obstacles for Heterogeneous Self-Reconfiguring Robots. 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation: Robots Get Closer To Humans ICRA 2005, United States: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

2004

  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z., Rus, D. (2004). In-Place Distributed Heterogeneous Reconfiguration Planning. 7th International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 6 (DARS), Japan: Springer.

2003

  • Fitch, R., Butler, Z., Rus, D. (2003). Reconfiguration planning for heterogeneous self-reconfiguring robots. 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2003), USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Fitch, R., Rus, D. (2003). Self-Reconfiguring Robots in the USA. Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan, 21(8), 4-10.

2002

  • Butler, Z., Fitch, R., Rus, D. (2002). Distributed Control for Unit-Compressible Robots: Goal-Recognition, Locomotion, and Splitting. IEEE-ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 7(4), 418-430.
  • Butler, Z., Fitch, R., Rus, D., Wang, Y. (2002). Distributed Goal Recognition Algorithnis for Modular Robots. IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation, 2002, Piscataway NJ USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Butler, Z., Fitch, R., Rus, D. (2002). Experiments in Distributed Control for Modular Robots. 8th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER 02), Germany: Springer.
  • Butler, Z., Fitch, R., Rus, D. (2002). Experiments in distributed locomotion witha unit-compressible modular robot. 2002 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 02), USA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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