Hugh Durrant-Whyte is a Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney. From 2010-2014, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995-2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR).
In his academic career, he has published over 300 research papers, graduated over 70 PhD students, and has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year. In his entrepreneurial career he has worked with many major companies delivering robotics and machine learning technology – including Rio Tinto, Patrick Stevedores and BAE Systems, he has founded three successful start-up companies, and has won many awards including being named 2008 NSW Engineer of the Year.
Hugh is Chair of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).
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