Professor Paul Newman elected to Fellowship of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Congratulations to Professor Paul Newman who has been elected to a Fellowship of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contribution to robot navigation.

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Professor Paul NewmanPaul Newman is the Department’s BP Professor of Information Engineering and an EPSRC Leadership Fellow. He heads up the Mobile Robotics Group with Professor Ingmar Posner, which enjoys a world leading reputation in mobile autonomy - developing machines and robots which map, navigate through and understand their environments.

He enjoys collaborations with many industrial partners (especially with BAE, Nissan, BP, Guidance Ltd) which provide exploitation opportunities to drive the research. The Mobile Robotics Group has developed a keen focus on intelligent transport - developing techniques that will see cars doing the driving.  One of the Group’s flagship projects is the RobotCar, a Nissan Leaf electric car that can drive itself for stretches of a route. Professor Newman’s focus lies on pushing the boundaries of navigation and autonomy techniques in terms of both endurance and scale. These competencies will lie at the heart of the machines that will labour, explore, protect and carry us.

Professor Newman obtained an M.Eng. in Engineering Science from Oxford University, Balliol College in 1995. He then undertook a Ph.D. in autonomous navigation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney, Australia. In 1999 he returned to the United Kingdom to work in the commercial sub-sea navigation industry.

In late 2000 he joined the Department of Ocean Engineering at M.I.T. where as a post-doc and later a research scientist, he worked on algorithms and software for robust autonomous navigation for both land and sub-sea agents.

In early 2003 he returned to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science before being appointed to a University Lectureship in Information Engineering and becoming a Fellow of New College in 2005. In 2010 he was award an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship and became a Professor of Engineering Science.  In 2012 he became the BP Professor of Information Engineering and Fellow of Keble College. Earlier this year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Regarding being elected a Fellow of the IEEE, Professor Newman said: “It is a great privilege for me to be honoured with the award of a fellowship amongst such highly regarded and eminent global figures in the field of robot navigation

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