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Dr Chris McCarthy

Senior Lecturer

Biography

Chris McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.  His research is in computer vision algorithms for robotics, intelligent transport systems and human-computer interaction (in particular for assistive technologies).  Chris currently serves as Stream Leader in both the Swinburne Smart Cities Research Institute, leading the Intelligent Transport Systems and Infrastructure stream, and in Swinburne's Manufacturing Futures Research Institute where he leads the Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy stream.  Chris is also the Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Coordinator for the School of Software and Electrical Engineering.

Chris received his PhD from the Australian National University in 2010, during which time he worked on novel biologically-inspired computer vision for robot navigation (based on honeybee vision). He also spent 6 months as a visiting researcher with the Italian Institute of Technology's Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences group (Genova) (2007) where he worked on optical flow based threat detection algorithms as part of the EU-funded iCub humanoid robot project.

After completing his PhD, Chris joined NICTA's Computer Vision Research Group in Canberra where he developed and tested novel computer vision and visualisation algorithms to support enhanced functional outcomes in blind patients implanted with a retinal prosthesis, also known as bionic eyes, as part of the federally-funded Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) consortium. In 2013, he relocated to Melbourne as a visiting researcher at the Bionics Institute and the University of Melbourne's Centre for Neural Engineering, where he worked closely with BVA's three patients implanted with a prototype 24 channel retinal prosthesis.

Chris has also held various teaching positions including as an Associate Lecturer with The University of Melbourne's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (2001-2005), and as an International Fellow with Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Center for Computing Studies in Singapore (1999-2000). Chris holds an honorary position with The Bionics Institute and remains affiliated with Bionic Vision Australia.  Chris also has extensive media experience (both television and radio), including a stint as a regular science reporter on Canberra's community radio science program, "Fuzzy Logic" (98.3 2XX FM).  Over Chris's academic career, he has been formally recognised  for teaching, research, and industry engagement.


Research interests

Human Computer Interactions; Signal and Image Processing; computer vision; prosthetic vision; robot vision; augmented reality; visualisation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Deep learning for biologically-inspired Visual Control Algorithms : This project seeks to explore how deep convolutional neural networks may be used to reformulate existing biologically-inspired robotic visual control algorothims for rapid perceptuo-motor control

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Computer Vision - 080104
  • Computer-human Interaction - 080602
  • Adaptive Agents And Intelligent Robotics - 080101

Teaching areas

Object Oriented Programming;Mobile App Development;Computer Systems;Work-Integrated Learning

Awards

  • 2019, Swinburne, FSET Research Collaboration Across Non-traditional Boundaries Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2018, Swinburne, Excellence in Industry Engagement, Swinburne University of Technology, School of Software and Electrical Engineering
  • 2017, Swinburne, Special Commendation - VC award for Research Impact , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016, National, Finalist - National Disability Award - Excellence in Technology, Australian Governemnt - Department of Social Services
  • 2013, International, Best paper award, IEEE workshop on mulitmodal and alternative perception for vision impaired people
  • 2005, Other, Excellence in Teaching , The University of Melbourne
  • 2004, International, Student Fellowship Award, International Foundation of Robotics Research

Publications

Also published as: McCarthy, Chris; McCarthy, C.; McCarthy, Christopher; McCarthy, C. D.; McCarthy, Chris D.; McCarthy, Christopher D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: A video-based passenger counting system *; iMOVECRC
  • 2019: Development and Trial of an IoT Solution *; Australian Meat Processor Corporation
  • 2019: Development of portable parasite identification and counting prototype system for farms *; Gallagher Australia Pty Ltd
  • 2018: Bus replacement services for rail passenger service disruptions *; iMOVECRC
  • 2017: Advanced Interactive Rail Learning *; Workforce Training Innovation Fund
  • 2017: Telescope Stage 2: Parasite Image Recognition, Filter enhancement, Visualisation of Design *; All Farm Animal Health Trust FS
  • 2016: NICTA Scholarship for S Samant *; NICTA Scholarships
  • 2016: Optimising technology to measure functional vision, mobility and serviceoutcomes for people with low vision or blindness *; Melbourne-Sarawak Collaborative Research Development Scheme
  • 2015: Software for humanoid robots to support rehabilitation for children. Student Scholarship Agreement with Felip Marti Carrillo. *; National ICT Australia

* Chief Investigator