Raymond is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computing, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia where he specialises on teaching and projects relating to Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security.
One of his current areas of focus is in advancing the development of technologies relating to response robots (as used in Search-and-Rescue, Hazardous Materials Handling and Recovery and Bomb Squad applications). Deficiencies in these capabilities mean that, every day, around the world, response personnel must approach known and suspected hazardous situations in order to render them safe. Improving the capabilities of robotic systems that allow these personnel to "start remote and stay remote" will save lives and improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
The Open Academic Robot Kit, parts for which are available here on Thingiverse, is an important initiative to encourage this development. This kit consists of open robot designs that enable the development and improvement of capabilities relevant to response robotics in an academic and research environment. These include advancements in human-robot interfaces, control and mechanisms for dexterous manipulation, sensing and mobility. Anyone can build, improve on and contribute to these designs. Please see the main page for further details!