Dr Robert Fitch

BA Oberlin College USA (1996), PhD in Computer Science, Dartmouth College, USA, 2005 (Supervisor: Daniela Rus, MIT)

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

Biographical details

Dr Robert Fitch is a leading research scientist in the area of autonomous field robotics. He is interested in systems of outdoor robots and their application to key problems in agriculture and environmental monitoring.

Robert received the PhD in computer science from Dartmouth (USA) and is currently a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney. He has led research in planning and collaborative decision-making for both ground and aerial robots in a variety of government and industry sponsored projects including those in broad-acre agriculture, horticulture, bird tracking, and commercial aviation.

Teaching and supervision

AGRO4006 - New and Emerging Tech in Animal Science

MTRX4700 - Experimental Robotics

MTRX5700 - Experimental Robotics

Current projects

Associations

  • Member IEEE

Awards and honours

Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, The University of Sydney. With Dr Surya Singh and Professor Stefan Williams. (2011)

In the media

  • Will robotics revolutionise the farm? [2 February 2015]

    University of Sydney

    Sixty of the world's top agricultural roboticists are meeting 2-6 February 2015 at the University of Sydney to discuss future directions for the globe's horticultural and farming industries.... More...

Recent Invited Talks

  • Rural R&D Forum and Innovation Showcase: 12 October 2015, Sydney, Australia
  • 18th Symposium on Precision Agriculture in Australasia: 7 September 2015, WaggaWagga, Australia
  • Cotton Collective Forum: 5 August 2015, Narrabri, Australia
  • AgVision Careers Expo, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW: 29 July 2015, Sydney, Australia
  • Land-WISE Conference: 20 May 2015, Havelock North, New Zealand
  • MobileTech Conference: 29 April 2015, Auckland, New Zealand
  • MobileTech Conference: 21 April 2015, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU: 14 April 2015, Canberra, Australia
  • South Australian No-Till Farmers Association (SANTFA) Conference: 27 February 2015, Clare, Australia
  • Murray Plains Crop Competition: 23 January 2015, Cambrai, Australia
  • Defence Science Institute Workshop on Autonomous Systems in Complex
  • Contexts: 1 December 2014, Melbourne, Australia
  • AAAC Outlook Conference: 28 November 2014, Perth, Australia
  • Centre for Autonomous Systems, UTS: 24 October 2014, Sydney, Australia
  • Conference of the Asian Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (AFITA 2014): 30 September 2014, Perth, Australia
  • Hart Field Day: 16 September 2014, Hart, Australia
  • Landmark Annual Agronomy Breakfast Meeting: 7 July 2014, Minlaton, Australia
  • Macquarie Agricultural Services Annual Meeting: 18 June 2014, Ballarat, Australia
  • Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Grains Research Expo: 3 July 2014, Birchip, Australia
  • GRDC: 9 September 2014, Dookie, Australia
  • GRDC: 10 Septemebr 2014, Horsham, Australia
  • Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), New and Emerging Technologies for your Vineyard: 13 July 2013, Sydney, Australia
  • Robotics: Science and Systems, Workshop on Stochastic Motion Planning and Information-Based Control: 11 July 2012, Sydney, Australia

Education Grants

2016

  • IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems; Low B, Liemhetcharat S, Bouffanais R, Hsu D, Ang M, Fitch R, Sabattini L, Franchi A, Ayanian N; IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Education Program

2015

  • IEEE RAS Summer School on Agricultural Robotics; Fitch R, Sukkarieh S, Bergerman M, van Henten E, Billingsley J, Reid J, Deng M; IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Education Program

Selected grants

2016

  • Optimisation for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems; Mettu R, Fitch R; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).

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

  • Lui, S., Peynot, T., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2016). Enhanced stochastic mobility prediction on unstructured terrain using multi-output Gaussian processes. In E. Menegatti, N. Michael, K. Berns, & H, Yamaguchi (Eds.), Intelligent Autonomous Systems 13: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference IAS-13, (pp. 173-190). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Fitch, R., Alempijevic, A., Peynot, T. (2016). Global reconfiguration of a team of networked mobile robots among obstacles. In E. Menegatti, N. Michael, K. Berns, & H, Yamaguchi (Eds.), Intelligent Autonomous Systems 13: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference IAS-13, (pp. 639-656). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2015). Online task planning and control for aerial robots with fuel constraints in winds. In H. Levent Akin, Nancy M. Amato, Volkan Isler, A. Frank van der Stappen (Eds.), Algorithmic foundations of Robotics XI, (pp. 711-727). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Ball, D., Ross, P., English, A., Patten, T., Upcroft, B., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S., Wyeth, G., Corke, P. (2015). Robotics for sustainable broad-acre agriculture. In Luis Mejias, Peter Corke, Jonathan Roberts (Eds.), Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics - Field and Service Robotics - results of the 9th International Conference, (pp. 439-453). Cham: Springer. [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.
  • Peynot, T., Fitch, R., McAllister, R., Alempijevic, A. (2013). Resilient Navigation through Probabilistic Modality Reconfiguration. In Sukhan Lee, Hyungsuck Cho, Kwang-Joon Yoon, Jangmyung Lee (Eds.), Intelligent Autonomous Systems 12, (pp. 75-88). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.
  • 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

  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2016). Online task planning and control for fuel-constrained aerial robots in wind fields. International Journal of Robotics Research, , 1-16. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, J., Lawrance, N., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2016). Real-time path planning for long-term information gathering with an aerial glider. Autonomous Robots, onlline. [More Information]
  • Ball, D., Upcroft, B., Wyeth, G., Corke, P., English, A., Ross, P., Patten, T., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S., Bates, A. (2016). Vision-based obstacle detection and navigation for an agricultural robot. Journal of Field Robotics. [More Information]
  • Kassir, A., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2015). Communication-aware information gathering with dynamic information flow. International Journal of Robotics Research, 34(2), 173-200. [More Information]
  • Clements, D., Dugdale, T., Hunt, T., Fitch, R., Hung, C., Sukkarieh, S., Xu, Z. (2014). Detection of alligator weed using an unmanned aerial vehicle. Plant Protection Quarterly, 29(3), 84-89.
  • Peynot, T., Lui, S., McAllister, R., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2014). Learned Stochastic Mobility Prediction for Planning with Control Uncertainty on Unstructured Terrain. Journal of Field Robotics, 31(6), 969-995. [More Information]
  • 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

  • Best, G., Martens, W., Fitch, R. (2015). A spatiotemporal optimal stopping problem for mission monitoring with stationary viewpoints. Robotics: Science and Systems X1, Online: Robotics: Science and Systems.
  • Best, G., Fitch, R. (2015). Bayesian Intention Inference for Trajectory Prediction with an Unknown Goal Destination. 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Danvers, MA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Gerardo Castro, M., Peynot, T., Ramos, F., Fitch, R. (2015). Non-parametric consistency test for multiple-sensing-modality data fusion. 18th International Conference on Information Fusion, Washington, DC: International Society on Information Fusion - ISIF.
  • Cliff, O., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S., Saunders, D., Heinsohn, R. (2015). Online localization of radio-tagged wildlife with an autonomous aerial robot system. Robotics: Science and Systems X1, Online: Robotics: Science and Systems.
  • Richards, D., Patten, T., Fitch, R., Ball, D., Sukkarieh, S. (2015). User interface and coverage planner for agricultural robotics. 2015 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2015), Canberra, ACT: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).
  • Lee, J., Frey, K., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2014). Fast Path Planning for Precision Weeding. Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2014, Melbourne, VIC: University of Melbourne.
  • 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, Istanbul: Springer.
  • Gerardo Castro, M., Peynot, T., Ramos, F., Fitch, R. (2014). Robust Multiple-Sensing-Modality Data Fusion using Gaussian Process Implicit Surfaces. 17th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2014), Piscataway: 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), Brisbane, Australia: 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), Brisbane, Australia: 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, Kobe, Japan: (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., 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., Hengst, B., Suc, D., Calbert, G., Scholz, J. (2005). Structural Abstraction Experiments in Reinforcement Learning. 18th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI 2005), Germany: Springer.
  • 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.

2016

  • Lui, S., Peynot, T., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2016). Enhanced stochastic mobility prediction on unstructured terrain using multi-output Gaussian processes. In E. Menegatti, N. Michael, K. Berns, & H, Yamaguchi (Eds.), Intelligent Autonomous Systems 13: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference IAS-13, (pp. 173-190). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Fitch, R., Alempijevic, A., Peynot, T. (2016). Global reconfiguration of a team of networked mobile robots among obstacles. In E. Menegatti, N. Michael, K. Berns, & H, Yamaguchi (Eds.), Intelligent Autonomous Systems 13: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference IAS-13, (pp. 639-656). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2016). Online task planning and control for fuel-constrained aerial robots in wind fields. International Journal of Robotics Research, , 1-16. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, J., Lawrance, N., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2016). Real-time path planning for long-term information gathering with an aerial glider. Autonomous Robots, onlline. [More Information]
  • Ball, D., Upcroft, B., Wyeth, G., Corke, P., English, A., Ross, P., Patten, T., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S., Bates, A. (2016). Vision-based obstacle detection and navigation for an agricultural robot. Journal of Field Robotics. [More Information]

2015

  • Best, G., Martens, W., Fitch, R. (2015). A spatiotemporal optimal stopping problem for mission monitoring with stationary viewpoints. Robotics: Science and Systems X1, Online: Robotics: Science and Systems.
  • Best, G., Fitch, R. (2015). Bayesian Intention Inference for Trajectory Prediction with an Unknown Goal Destination. 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Danvers, MA: (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [More Information]
  • Kassir, A., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2015). Communication-aware information gathering with dynamic information flow. International Journal of Robotics Research, 34(2), 173-200. [More Information]
  • Gerardo Castro, M., Peynot, T., Ramos, F., Fitch, R. (2015). Non-parametric consistency test for multiple-sensing-modality data fusion. 18th International Conference on Information Fusion, Washington, DC: International Society on Information Fusion - ISIF.
  • Cliff, O., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S., Saunders, D., Heinsohn, R. (2015). Online localization of radio-tagged wildlife with an autonomous aerial robot system. Robotics: Science and Systems X1, Online: Robotics: Science and Systems.
  • Yoo, C., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2015). Online task planning and control for aerial robots with fuel constraints in winds. In H. Levent Akin, Nancy M. Amato, Volkan Isler, A. Frank van der Stappen (Eds.), Algorithmic foundations of Robotics XI, (pp. 711-727). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Ball, D., Ross, P., English, A., Patten, T., Upcroft, B., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S., Wyeth, G., Corke, P. (2015). Robotics for sustainable broad-acre agriculture. In Luis Mejias, Peter Corke, Jonathan Roberts (Eds.), Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics - Field and Service Robotics - results of the 9th International Conference, (pp. 439-453). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Richards, D., Patten, T., Fitch, R., Ball, D., Sukkarieh, S. (2015). User interface and coverage planner for agricultural robotics. 2015 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2015), Canberra, ACT: Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA).

2014

  • Clements, D., Dugdale, T., Hunt, T., Fitch, R., Hung, C., Sukkarieh, S., Xu, Z. (2014). Detection of alligator weed using an unmanned aerial vehicle. Plant Protection Quarterly, 29(3), 84-89.
  • Lee, J., Frey, K., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2014). Fast Path Planning for Precision Weeding. Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2014, Melbourne, VIC: University of Melbourne.
  • Peynot, T., Lui, S., McAllister, R., Fitch, R., Sukkarieh, S. (2014). Learned Stochastic Mobility Prediction for Planning with Control Uncertainty on Unstructured Terrain. Journal of Field Robotics, 31(6), 969-995. [More Information]
  • 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, Istanbul: Springer.
  • 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. (2014). Robust Multiple-Sensing-Modality Data Fusion using Gaussian Process Implicit Surfaces. 17th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2014), Piscataway: 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 Sukhan Lee, Hyungsuck Cho, Kwang-Joon Yoon, Jangmyung Lee (Eds.), Intelligent Autonomous Systems 12, (pp. 75-88). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.
  • 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), Brisbane, Australia: 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), Brisbane, Australia: 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, Kobe, Japan: (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]

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.
  • Fitch, R., Hengst, B., Suc, D., Calbert, G., Scholz, J. (2005). Structural Abstraction Experiments in Reinforcement Learning. 18th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI 2005), Germany: Springer.

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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