As part of the Wildcat team at CSIRO Data61, Amelia Luu is helping make robots more useful
Amelia followed her interests to a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics), QUT and she hasn’t looked back.
Her favourite part of being in robotics? The collaboration. “I learnt a lot working alongside manufacturers and people on the workshop floor, helping them adopt and use robotic and advanced technology to support their work,” she says.
Today, Amelia is a robotics field engineer for the Wildcat Team at CSIRO Data61 Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group. Wildcat is advanced tech for autonomous robots that uses their sensors and code to build detailed maps of the robot’s surroundings and pinpoint their location.
Known as Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping, or SLAM, Wildcat solves this problem accurately and reliably so that industrial robots can work in messy or changing environments. “Wildcat provides a core platform technology that can feed awareness data into autonomous systems and machines, and power amazing 3D scans of spaces,” explains Amelia. Her role in the team is to integrate Wildcat software onto customer hardware.
Amelia says that robotics and mechatronics is increasingly being recognised as an important engineering discipline, making it an up-and- coming career choice: “More opportunities will arise, including ones that we can’t even predict, which I think is incredibly exciting!”
To find out if it’s something you might be interested in, Amelia suggests reaching out and talking to people already in the field. “And watch Ted Talks or YouTube videos,” she adds. “Find someone talking about something that sparks you.”
Amelia’s study and career path
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics), QUT
- Engineering research assistant, QUT
- Mechatronics engineer, QUT
- Robotics field engineer, CSIRO
This article was created in partnership with QUT and originally appears in the QUT STEM Guide 2022. Discover career paths and degrees in biomedical science, engineering, data science, cyber security, design and more over at our QUT hub.
Author: Ben Skuse
Ben Skuse is a UK-based former mathematician turned professional science writer, who has written for the Careers with STEM magazines for over 5 years. You can follow him on Twitter @BenSkuseSciComm.