Professor Paul Newman

Paul Newman2Paul Newman is the BP Professor of Information Engineering and heads up the Mobile Robotics Research Group within the Department of Engineering Science. His principal research interests lie in the domain of navigation and mapping by autonomous vehicles and robots. At present many autonomous robots rely on pre-produced maps or GPS to find their way around, but GPS isn't available indoors, near tall buildings, under foliage, underwater, underground, or on other planets such as Mars – all places we might want a robot to operate. The FABMAP algorithm created by the group is able to compare a current view of a scene with impressions of all the places it has been before through a combination of machine learning and probabilistic inference, fast enough for a robot to realise it is retracing its steps and adjust its route.