Nicole Robinson


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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 and the School of Psychological Sciences.

Research Interests: Human-Robot Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Computer/Robotic Vision, Social Robotics, Machine Learning, Robot and AI Ethics, Healthcare and Medical Robotics, Psychological and Behavioural Science, Behaviour Change, Psychosocial Interventions, Consciousness and Working Memory, Human Subject Research (High and Low Risk), Behavioural Interventions, Experimental Methodology (Clinical, Field, Natural and Laboratory), Randomised Controlled Trials.

She was previously a Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision on the Humanoid Robotics project between 2018-20, a $1.5 million R&D project supported by the Queensland Government. In less than 2 years with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, she was promoted to become the youngest Chief Investigator (CI) and Program Leader of Human Interaction in the QUT Robotics Centre, a Tier 1 University Research Centre established to build and develop high-quality, critical mass in research capabilities competitive on an national and international scale. She is an Honorary Adjunct Lecturer with Queensland University of Technology. 

She has contributed to university-led research for a decade, and her research involves human behaviour and its translation into software agents and robotic systems to work towards a human-robot society. She has lead clinical trials and experimental studies involving the use of humanoid and socially interactive robots to collaborate with people.

She is an experienced speaker for public outreach activities, holding a media reach of over 40 million to date. She has spoken on the topic of human-like robots, smart machines and the future of a human-robot society on live television, radio, print articles and world-renowned festival stages, such as Tedx, ABC, Ch 7&9, International Business Times, MIT Technology Review, Phys.Org, Gizmodo, Scope Tv, World Science Festival, and Robotronica. She also hosted and produced one season of an artificial intelligence and robotics podcast available on iTunes and Spotify.

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

She is also a Director of LYRO Robotics, a venture-backed robotics company that build and deploys intelligent pick and pack order fulfilment solutions using state-of-the-art computer vision, deep learning and robotic systems. In 2020, LYRO Robotics won won 1st place in the Unicorn Cup, the worlds largest start-up pitch competition against 2,000 companies from 125 cities. In 2020, 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.  

Research area keywords

  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Clinical Trials
  • Experimental psychology
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychosocial Wellbeing
  • Social robotics


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