Collaborative Research Network (CRN)

Dr Asim Bhatti

Research Fellow

Federation University Australia

Asim Bhatti is a key member of the state-of-the-art Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) at Deakin University. Within the centre, he works with 50 researchers from around the world to investigate and develop innovative algorithms and methodologies that provide solutions to problems encountered by systems operating with uncertainty and variability.

When Dr Bhatti first heard about the creation of the CRN, he immediately applied to be involved, believing the concept had great potential.

"I just thought it was a great opportunity to be involved in some exciting collaborations," he said. "My belief is that if we can bring together all these universities in a big collaboration, then something significant can come out of it."

With the CRN, he will fulfil the centre's commitment to regional science and technological innovation (through information analysis an optimization of systems and technology).

Of particular interest is the Research and Development project involving the use of haptics technology and atomic force microscope to develop an intuitive nano-manipulation tool for researchers.

Dr Bhatti brings the valuable resources of Deakin's CISR to the CRN. This includes the centre's research on next generation robotic control systems and force emulation methodologies that improve process reliability, product quality and operator safety in complex environments.

With funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), The Department of Defence, and numerous industry partners, the CISR has been able to equip five research labs with state-of-the-art equipment, including mobile robots, industrial robots, the largest number of haptic devices in the Southern Hemisphere, thermal imaging systems, optical imaging systems, rapid prototyping machines, super computers and suites of process simulation software.

In addition, it recently unveiled the Universal Motion Simulator, the most advanced flight simulation device in the world.

In the CISR, Dr Bhatti has worked in close collaboration with Professor Saeid Nahavandi, the centre's director, and has participated in research and development activities spanning the areas of computer vision, haptics, robotics, human machine interfaces and nanotechnology systems.

He has participated in a range of successful research grants applications, including ARC discovery and linkage grants, international science linkage grants and other industrial and government grants that have resulted in millions of dollars of research income to Deakin.

Dr Bhatti has also published more than 60 research papers, authoring two and editing three books. He has published over 11 peer reviewed technical reports and been awarded a worldwide patent on haptics applications. He has also won a number of awards including a 2011 Australian Endeavour Fellowship.

Fundamentally, his research is focused on the different areas of computer vision and signal-image processing, from concept to algorithm development. Dr Bhatti has also been involved with research and development in the fields of haptics and Virtual and Augmented Reality in macro and nano-worlds.