Matthew conducts transdisciplinary research into environmental robotics focusing on advanced perception-to-action solutions with application to large-scale management and monitoring of challenges. His wide research interests include vision-based perception and classification, vision-based navigation, adaptive sampling and path planning, and cooperative robotics. Through application to large-scale marine habitat restoration, marine pest identification and control, conservation, greenhouse gas mapping and utility compliance monitoring, his research has received numerous national and international R&D and engineering awards.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and his PhD from the Queensland University of Technology. He started his professional career in 1995 as a project engineer at Roaduser Research International, and following his PhD joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. At CSIRO he held various roles including Principal Research Scientist, project leader and the Robotics Systems and Marine Robotics team leader before moving to QUT in 2013.