John James

Mr John James

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Postgraduate Student

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


I am a HDR student participating in an interdisciplinary research project with Dr Steven Wiederman (Visual Physiology and Neurobotics Laboratory), Prof. Benjamin Cazzolato and Dr Steven Grainger (School of Mechanical Engineering). A mechanical engineer by training, I am currently seeking to use physiological insights into how insects, and particularly dragonflies, see the world and track targets to develop novel visual detection and tracking algorithms.

A better understanding of insect vision will in time have many important applications but some of the more immediate of these are improved algorithms for visual guidance of autonomous robots. This creates an intersection between my broader research interests, which are robotics and control, and the physiological investigations in our lab.

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  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor in Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 James, J., Cazzolato, B., Grainger, S., O'Carroll, D., & Wiederman, S. (2018). An insect-inspired detection algorithm for aerial drone detection. In Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, ACRA Vol. 2018-December (pp. 1-9). Online: Australasian Robotics and Automation Association.
  • Position: Postgraduate Student
  • Phone: 83131120
  • Email: john.james@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor 3
  • Room: 3 13
  • Org Unit: School of Mechanical Engineering

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