Peter Corke

Interview Location: Australia

Interview Synopsis

In this interview, Corke discusses his career in the field of robotics. He recounts his research work during his college and graduate years, at CSIRO, and at Queensland University. He discusses his contributions to the field, particularly his visual control textbook, his work on mining and field robots, and on sensor networks, his research in visual servoing, and his contribution to the development of open source toolboxes. Additionally, he provides advice to young people interested in robotics, and reflects on his many collaborations, and the challenges and future of the field.


Peter Corke was born in Melbourne, Australia on August 24th, 1959. He attended the University of Melbourne, where he earned his bachelor's and master's in Electrical Engineering in 1980 and 1986, respectively. Following graduation, he joined the Australian government research agency, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). While there he pursued and completed his Ph.D. at Melbourne. He continued at CSIRO where he remained until 2008, after which he wrote a book on visual control networks and then joined the Faculty at Queensland University of Technology as Professor of Robotics and Control, a position he holds today. Corke has worked himself in several aspects of robotics, researching mining and field robotics, control theory, computer vision systems, and wireless sensor networks. He served editor-in-chief of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) Magazine from 2010-2013.