Professor Milford conducts interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and is a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He is also one of Australia’s most in demand experts in technologies including self-driving cars, robotics and artificial intelligence, and is a passionate science communicator. He currently holds the position of Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Deputy Director of the QUT Centre for Robotics, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.
Q1: What does the forum theme “ITS Innovation Creating Liveable Communities” mean to you?
To me this means that the development and strategic direction of technology development is tightly coupled with the goal of creating sustainable communities with an increased quality of life – and the wide range of intelligent transport systems will play a key role in getting us there.
Q2: Please provide a short quote about why you are excited about participating at the ITS Asia Pacific Forum on Intelligent Transport Systems 2020?
We’ve seen the field mature rapidly over the last few years and events like this forum now provide a wonderful place to have deep, informed discussion and debate about how this field should continue to evolve and what our role in that evolution can be. It’s particularly important that this discussion occur with all the stakeholders that you’ll find at an event like this – from government, industry, academia and society.
Q3: Where do you see the Intelligent Transport industry in the next 5 to 10 years?
Like all industries that are significantly affected by technology, I see the ITS industry advancing rapidly in certain areas and stalling in others. I’d like to see the industry rapidly capitalize on what is likely to be technologically possible now and in the near future, whilst preparing sufficiently for the potential game changers (like autonomous vehicles) that may or may not happen.