Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Birth : Hugh Francis Durrant-Whyte (1961-02-06)6 February 1961(age 59) London

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Name Hugh Durrant-Whyte
Birth (1961-02-06)6 February 1961(age 59) London
Birth Place (age 59) London
Nationality British and Australian
Alma Mater University of Pennsylvania University of London
Fields Robotics,Machine Learning
Institution University of Oxford The University of Sydney)
Famous Research Simultaneous localization and mapping(SLAM)

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Hugh Francis Durrant-Whyte (born 6 February 1961) is a British-Australian engineer and academic.


The algorithms developed in his group since the early 1990s permit autonomous vehicles to deal with uncertainty and to localize themselves despite noisy sensor readings using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM).


Durrant-Whyte was born on 6 February 1961 in London, England.


He studied engineering at the University of London, graduating with a first class Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1983.


He then moved to the United States where he studied systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania: he graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree in 1985 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1986.


In 1995, he accepted a chair at the University of Sydney as Professor of Mechatronic Engineering.


From 2002 until 2010 he held the position of Research Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS), a joint venture between the ACFR and mechatronics groups at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of New South Wales.


He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010.


He played a critical role in raising the visibility of Australian robotics internationally and was named "Professional Engineer of the year" (2008) by the Institute of Engineers Australia Sydney Division and NSW "Scientist of the Year"


Durrant-Whyte became the CEO of NICTA on 13 December 2010.


He resigned as NICTA CEO on 28 November 2014 citing differences with the Board over future funding arrangements.


He was appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Ministry of Defence on 27 February 2017.


In May 2018 Durrant-Whyte was appointed NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer by Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier.


He took up his appointment on 3 September 2018.


  • FRS - Fellow of the Royal Society
  • FAA - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
  • FIEEE - Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • FTSE - Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • HonFIEAus - Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia
  • M A Sargent Medal (2017)
  • NSW Scientist of the Year (2010)
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Award (2009)
  • ATSE Clunies Ross Award (2009)
  • Professional Engineer of the year (2008) Institute of Engineers Australia, Sydney
  • IFR/IEEE Invention and Entrepreneurship Award (2007)
  • New South Wales Pearcy Award (2004)
  • Harry Lees Award (2004) Institute of Marine Engineers
  • Warren Centre Innovation Hero (2003)
  • BAE Systems Chairman's Gold Award (2003)
  • Four IEEE Best Paper prizes (IROS 1994 and 2006, Data Fusion1997, Robotics 2004)