14 October 2010

The University of Sydney advises that Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte will be leaving the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) in the Faculty of Engineering and IT to take up a new challenge as CEO at NICTA.

Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT said "Hugh has made a significant contribution to the University over the past 15 years, and has been extraordinarily successful in establishing a centre which is internationally recognised for its outstanding research and industry connections."

This year, Hugh's work, and the work of his team in the ACFR, was recognised through his appointment as a Fellow of the Royal Society and being named as NSW 2010 Scientist of the Year.

"The ACFR has established an international reputation for its work, both theoretical and applied:

this is something we have achieved by working together. It has been a privilege for me to be associated with such a great group of people.

"This is an exciting time for both research and commercialisation in information and communications technology and I am very much looking forward to the opportunities and challenges leading NICTA."

Professor Johnston said "Hugh has been a remarkable research leader and it has been a great honour to have worked with him. Hugh's achievements are enduring and with an outstanding team and excellent senior leadership in place, the group is well positioned for growth.

"Eduardo Nebot will continue in his role as Director of the ACFR and others will continue to manage the different projects," Professor Johnston said.

The University of Sydney is a key supporter of NICTA and has a strong research and postgraduate research supervision relationship with them, particularly in the areas of algorithms, networking, embedded systems, localisation techniques and wireless sensor networks.

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