Following graduation of both a mechatronics and mechanical engineering bachelor, and masters of engineering management, I have worked extensively in the field of autonomous robotics. When a UTS lead research project succeeded in putting two world first robots onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge I joined the team to commercialise this technology. SABRE Autonomous Solutions was formed, my role as Engineering Manager has brought experience which I teach as a casual academic in the Engineering Bachelor program.
The article discusses the maintenance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, an old bridge located in Sydney, New South Wales. It highlights the use of robotic technology involving the abrasive blast-cleaning of the old paint back to bare metal, assisting the maintenance workers. It also emphasizes the role Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), an Australian government department in building, maintaining and delivering transport infrastructure and services in the area.
Peters, GJ 1996, 'Determining a best-fit measurement server implementation for digital design team solutions', Hewlett-Packard Journal, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 22-29.
Prototype analyzer customers wanted fast throughput, quick answers, a turnkey solution, an affordable base system price, connection to diverse open-systems networks and platforms, and interfaces to a wide variety of tools. An encapsulated measurement server architecture based on a dedicated workstation and a SCSI II interface best fit the requirements.
Lozano, A, Peters, G, Liu, D & Waldron, K 2011, 'Study of Ant Locomotion in Surface Transitions for Climbing Robot Design', Field robotics : proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), World Scientific, Paris, France, pp. 173-180.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Many climbing robots designed based on simple representations of the arthropod body have proven to be able to move on relatively flat surfaces and simple environments. However these robots are not able to navigate in complex environments such as steel bridges. This paper presents experimental studies on ant locomotion, particularly focusing on ant leg gait and posture when traversing a variety of complex surfaces, with the aim of providing climbing robot designers a better understanding of biological ant locomotion through a complex terrain.
Lozano, A, Peters, G & Liu, D 2011, 'Analysis of an Arthropodal System for Design of a Climbing Robot', 28th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2011), ISARC2011 conference organiser, Seoul, Korea, pp. 832-838.
This paper will discuss research on ant locomotion, especially in climbing adaptability and transversing steel bridge configurations, for the design of a climbing robot for inspection and condition assessment of complex steel bridge structures. Experiments in ant locomotion were performed and captured using high-speed video equipment capable of recording at 1000fps. Analysis of the data found that certain body postures in ants are adopted before proceeding with their intended direction, such as when climbing a vertical obstacle. Information on ant body posture, compliance and movement in climbing will also be presented. Furthermore, the working volumes of ant leg pairs are determined through computer aided analysis, which provides essential data for determining possible ant foot positions for locomotion. Discussions on how the findings can be used in designing a climbing robot is also presented.
Furnas, GW, Qu, Y, Shrivastava, S & Peters, G 2001, 'Richer graphical interaction using interactive pixel rewrite systems', Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, pp. 9-10.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Current computer systems are dominated by forms, behaviors and interactions most easily described in the textual languages of the underlying software. In this demo we enrich the space of interactive visual forms and behaviors by using an alternate underlying, non-sentential computational paradigm, Pixel Rewrite Systems. We show fundamental algorithms, interaction elements and application fragments that might be possible with this approach. Copyright © 2012 ACM, Inc.
Furnas, G, Qu, Y, Shrivastava, S & Peters, G 2000, 'The use of intermediate graphical constructions in problem solving with Dynamic, pixel-level diagrams', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 314-329.
Many diagrams can be thought of as graphical representations used to support the solution of problems. This paper discusses how computation based on pixel-level rewrites can produce a rich form of diagrammatic computation making use of intermediate graphical constructions not explicit in the input or output of the problems it is solving. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000.
Wallace, R, Soloway, E, Krajcik, J, Bos, N, Hoffman, J, Hunter, HE, Kiskis, D, Klann, E, Peters, G, Richardson, D & Ronen, O 1998, 'ARTEMIS: Learner-centered design of an information seeking environment for K-12 education', Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, pp. 195-202.
Learners use software for different reasons and with different skills and motivations than other users. Using concepts of learner-centered design (LCD), we developed a user interface for supporting learners as they use digital information resources in inquiry-based science classrooms. Learner needs are categorized in five areas: content knowledge, technology knowledge, strategic and metacognitive knowledge, and motivation. Results of research on problems encountered by students as they engage in information seeking are used as the basis for applying LCD, by identifying some specific problem areas learners encounter: engaging in a process, generating search terms, staying on task, and evaluating information. Solutions offered through the Artemis interface are described.