Professor McAree's research interests are in Robotics and Automation: Automatic control systems, Constrained Predictive Control, State and parameters estimation, Data analysis, Dynamics of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems and Realtime computing.
Ross McAree received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1993. From 1993 to 2000 he was a research fellow in the Robotics Research Group at Oxford University and a Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering at Trinity College, Oxford. He joined The University of Queensland in 2000 as a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and Professor in 2007. He currently holds the P&H Chair of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.
He was has served at various times as Program Director for Mechatronic Engineering (2002-2005 and 2007-20111), Chair of the School of Engineering Teaching and Learning Committee (2007) and Chair of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Research Committee (2009-on going).
His research interests are focused around the automation of mining equipment and he is the Program Leader for the Automation Program within the Cooperative Research Centre for Mining (CRCMining). His research interests are in model predictive control, estimation theory, and field robotics focusing on the automation of mining equipment. He leads a research group comprising 5 Postdoctoral Research Fellows, 9 research engineers, and 5 PhD students.
Current research projects include
• Automation and collision avoidance for mining shovels
• Telepresence for Remote operation of track-type tractors
• Mission planning for mining machines
• Skills requirements for mining automation
• Implementation of functional safety for automated mining systems