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Dr Nicole Robinson is a Research Fellow at Monash University with a cross appointment between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences. She is affiliated with the Department of Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, and the School of Psychological Sciences. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer with Queensland University of Technology Centre for Robotics.  

Her research uses scientific methods to evaluate and improve the quality and success of human-robot teamwork. Her work involves human-robot interaction and collaboration in domestic and field settings, including for mobile, manipulator, mobile manipulator, humanoid and social robots. 

She was a Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision on Humanoid Robotics between 2018-20 on a $1.5 million R&D project with the Queensland Government. In less than 2 years, she was promoted to become a Chief Investigator (CI) and Program Leader of Human Interaction in the QUT Robotics Centre. She has been a Chief Investigator or lead applicant for more than $4.75 million in awarded funds from competitive grants and scholarships.  

She is a strong advocate for public outreach and promoting STEM careers for women. She has a media reach of 40+ million to date across live television, radio, print articles and world-renowned festival stages, such as Tedx, International Business Times, MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, and the World Science Festival. She has hosted a postcast on artificial intelligence and robotics available on iTunes and Spotify.

She is an Associate-Level Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Australian Psychological Society. She is a Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. 

She is a Director of LYRO Robotics, a venture-backed robotics company that builds and deploys intelligent pick and pack robots for order fufillment using state-of-the-art computer vision, deep learning and robotic systems. In 2020, LYRO Robotics won 1st place in the Unicorn Cup, the worlds largest start-up pitch competition against 2,000 companies from 125 cities. LYRO Robotics was also selected as one of 10 companies at the Extreme Tech Challenge for Australia, which was a sub-division of the worlds largest startup competition.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Director and Board Member, LYRO Robotics Pty Ltd

Adjunct Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

Research area keywords

  • Robotics
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Human-Robot Teamwork
  • Explainable AI
  • Behavioral/Experimental Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Robot Learning
  • Robot Ethics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Centered AI


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