Meet Teresa Vidal Calleja, maths to SLAM
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I’m Teresa Vidal Calleja, I’m senior lecturer at the School of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and core researcher at the Centre for Autonomous Systems.
My research is in robotics. I investigate algorithms for sensing and perception to make robots autonomous.
The key goal is that with my research, the robots are able to perceive their environment and decide where to go, or to do the task they are required to do.
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It’s thriving, everybody now has realised it will be great to have robots doing automation tasks and sending robots to places where humans cannot access.
I don’t see it as robots taking peoples’ jobs…It’s just robots helping society to be more productive.
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Ever since I was little I was interested in maths, that was my favourite subject, I loved it.
I was kind of undecided whether I will study physics or engineering, finally I decided on engineering.
When I started studying engineering, mechanical engineering, I knew I wanted to do robotics.
Text on screen: Why UTS, why now?
In Australia in particular there is a very... there is an excellent research in field robotics. In UTS in particular for infrastructure maintenance, we are one of the best in the world for this.
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There is nothing gender related, it’s nothing that can be tackled only for men or women, it’s a research and engineering field, it’s growing and everybody can jump on it.
Dr Teresa Vidal Calleja, Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, describes her research in field robotics as an area of enormous opportunity and growth.
As a core member of the UTS Centre for Autonomous Systems she is working on projects which include robots assessing the ageing infrastructure in our cities. She loves teaching in mechanical design and robotics with a focus on SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping) and says the best part of the day is working with her Higher Degree Students.