Dylan became interested in visual sensors while completing his honours thesis in robotics, and moved from Sydney to Canberra to pursue his PhD in Computer Vision in August 2013 – and he hasn’t looked back since.
“The most immediate change for me was lifestyle: I traded a 3 hour return commute to university for a 15 minute walk, which led to a much healthier work-life balance.”
He lived on campus during his first one and a half years, and found that making friends in a new city was made easy by staying in one of the University's residences, Ursula Hall.
“The college system is one of the university’s best assets, with its emphasis on building inclusive communities and strong support networks. I had a wonderful, formative experience at college… I met most of the friends who supported me through my PhD at the events and activities run by the university and the colleges.”
When considering where to undertake his PhD, he was attracted by ANU’s excellent reputation in the field of Computer Vision, ranking in the top five in the CSR rankings.
“ANU has a concentration of research expertise in computer vision and so it seemed a good fit for my interests.”
He found that both the academic and social culture at the ANU was open and inclusive.
“I found that ANU provided a great environment for both academic and recreational pursuits. It fosters intellectual curiosity with its public lectures, commitment to academic rigour, and absence of strict hierarchies when it comes to discussing ideas.”
Dylan now works as a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at ANU, and his research considers the problems of recognising, modelling and predicting human poses, actions and interactions.
“My research is useful in reasoning about what people are doing and what they are likely to do. Without this capability, for example, a self-driving car near pedestrians may be so cautious it never moves.”
When he’s not on campus, Dylan enjoying hiking, reading and playing board games with friends. In the future he is looking forward to continuing his research and supervising PhD students - his favourite part of being an academic.