alexs

Email: alexs_at_robots.ox.ac.uk

 

Alex completed his DPhil with MRG in October 2014 and was a member of New College. The focus of his DPhil was vast-scale, persistent navigation of autonomous vehicles with low-cost cameras using prior knowledge about the structure and appearance of the environment.

Alex is now a Senior Engineer at Oxbotica.

Biography
Alex completed his undergraduate MEng in Electronic Engineering at University College London in 2006, having spent his third year on exchange at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His undergraduate thesis title was: Signal Processing for Optical Networks and his advisors were Prof. Polina Bayvel & Dr Robert Killey.

Whilst at Caltech, Alex competed in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge as a member of Team Caltech, a finalist in the 2005 Challenge. Alex received his MSE in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 where he was a member of the GRASP lab. Whilst at UPenn he competed in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge as a member of the Ben Franklin Racing Team, one of only six teams to successfully complete the challenge and the only Track B (non-DARPA funded) team to do so.

Prior to joining MRG, Alex was a Senior Scientist in the Information, Networking & Autonomy (INA) theme at the BAE SYSTEMS Advanced Technology Centre in Bristol focussing on machine perception for autonomous vehicles.

After completing his DPhil with MRG in 2014, Alex joined Oxbotica, a spin-out from MRG, where he is a Senior Engineer.

 


MRG Publications

2015

  • [PDF] G. Pascoe, W. Maddern, A. D. Stewart, and P. Newman, “FARLAP: Fast Robust Localisation using Appearance Priors,” in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Seattle, WA, USA, 2015.
    [Bibtex]

    @inproceedings{PascoeICRA2015,
    Address = {Seattle, WA, USA},
    Author = {Pascoe, Geoffrey and Maddern, Will and Stewart, Alexander D. and Newman, Paul},
    Booktitle = {{P}roceedings of the {IEEE} {I}nternational {C}onference on {R}obotics and {A}utomation ({ICRA})},
    Month = {May},
    Pdf = {http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~mobile/Papers/2015ICRA_pascoe.pdf},
    Title = {{FARLAP}: {F}ast {R}obust {L}ocalisation using {A}ppearance {P}riors},
    Year = {2015}}

2014

  • [PDF] W. Maddern, A. Stewart, and P. Newman, “LAPS-II: 6-DoF Day and Night Visual Localisation with Prior 3D Structure for Autonomous Road Vehicles,” in IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV), Dearborn, MI, USA, 2014.
    Best Oral Presentation Runner-Up [Bibtex]

    @inproceedings{MaddernIVS2014,
    Address = {Dearborn, MI, USA},
    Author = {Will Maddern and Alex Stewart and Paul Newman},
    Booktitle = {IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV)},
    Month = {June},
    Pdf = {http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~mobile/Papers/2014IVS_maddern.pdf},
    Title = {LAPS-II: 6-DoF Day and Night Visual Localisation with Prior 3D Structure for Autonomous Road Vehicles},
    Year = {2014},
    Award = "Best Oral Presentation Runner-Up",
    Awardlink = "http://www.ieeeiv.net/index.php"
    }

  • [PDF] W. Maddern, A. Stewart, C. McManus, B. Upcroft, W. Churchill, and P. Newman, “Illumination Invariant Imaging: Applications in Robust Vision-based Localisation, Mapping and Classification for Autonomous Vehicles,” in Proceedings of the Visual Place Recognition in Changing Environments Workshop, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, China, 2014.
    [Bibtex]

    @inproceedings{MaddernICRA2014,
    Address = {Hong Kong, China},
    Author = {Will Maddern and Alex Stewart and Colin McManus and Ben Upcroft and Winston Churchill and Paul Newman},
    Booktitle = {Proceedings of the Visual Place Recognition in Changing Environments Workshop, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)},
    Date-Added = {2014-04-29 01:10:22 +0000},
    Date-Modified = {2014-04-29 01:12:06 +0000},
    Month = {May},
    Pdf = {http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~mobile/Papers/2014ICRA_maddern.pdf},
    Title = {Illumination Invariant Imaging: Applications in Robust Vision-based Localisation, Mapping and Classification for Autonomous Vehicles},
    Year = {2014}}

  • [PDF] C. McManus, W. Churchill, W. Maddern, A. Stewart, and P. Newman, “Shady Dealings: Robust, Long- Term Visual Localisation using Illumination Invariance,” in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, China, 2014.
    [Bibtex]

    @inproceedings{McManusICRA2014,
    Address = {Hong Kong, China},
    Author = {Colin McManus and Winston Churchill and Will Maddern and Alex Stewart and Paul Newman},
    Booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)},
    Date-Added = {2014-02-12 18:44:35 +0000},
    Date-Modified = {2014-02-12 18:51:19 +0000},
    Month = {May},
    Pdf = {http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~mobile/Papers/2014ICRA_McManus.pdf},
    Title = {Shady Dealings: Robust, Long- Term Visual Localisation using Illumination Invariance},
    Year = {2014}}

2012

  • [PDF] A. Stewart and P. Newman, “LAPS – Localisation using Appearance of Prior Structure: 6-DOF Monocular Camera Localisation using Prior Pointclouds,” in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Minnesota, USA, 2012.
    [Bibtex]

    @inproceedings{StewartICRA2012,
    Address = {Minnesota, USA},
    Author = {Alex Stewart and Paul Newman},
    Booktitle = {Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)},
    Date-Modified = {2012-03-06 10:12:53 +0000},
    Keywords = {Monocular Localisation using 3D Priors},
    Month = {May},
    Owner = {ashley},
    Pdf = {http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~mobile/Papers/2012ICRA_alex.pdf},
    Timestamp = {2012.02.02},
    Title = {LAPS - Localisation using Appearance of Prior Structure: 6-DOF Monocular Camera Localisation using Prior Pointclouds},
    Year = {2012}}

Other Publications

2008

  • J. Bohren, T. Foote, J. Keller, A. Kushleyev, D. Lee, A. Stewart, P. Vernaza, J. Derenick, J. Spletzer, and B. Satterfield, “Little Ben: the Ben franklin racing team’s entry in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge,” Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 25, iss. 9, pp. 598-614, 2008.
    [Bibtex]

    @article{bohren2008little,
    Author = {Bohren, Jonathan and Foote, Tully and Keller, Jim and Kushleyev, Alex and Lee, Daniel and Stewart, Alex and Vernaza, Paul and Derenick, Jason and Spletzer, John and Satterfield, Brian},
    Journal = {Journal of Field Robotics},
    Number = {9},
    Pages = {598--614},
    Publisher = {Wiley Online Library},
    Title = {Little Ben: the Ben franklin racing team's entry in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge},
    Volume = {25},
    Year = {2008}}

2006

  • S. Savory, A. Stewart, S. Wood, G. Gavioli, M. Taylor, R. Killey, and P. Bayvel, “Digital equalisation of 40 Gbit/s per wavelength transmission over 2480 km of standard fibre without optical dispersion compensation,” in Proc. ECOC, 2006.
    [Bibtex]

    @inproceedings{savory2006digital,
    Author = {Savory, SJ and Stewart, AD and Wood, S and Gavioli, G and Taylor, MG and Killey, RI and Bayvel, P},
    Booktitle = {Proc. ECOC},
    Title = {Digital equalisation of 40 Gbit/s per wavelength transmission over 2480 km of standard fibre without optical dispersion compensation},
    Volume = {6},
    Year = {2006}}

  • L. B. Cremean, T. B. Foote, J. H. Gillula, G. H. Hines, D. Kogan, K. L. Kriechbaum, J. C. Lamb, J. Leibs, L. Lindzey, C. E. Rasmussen, and others, “Alice: An information-rich autonomous vehicle for high-speed desert navigation,” Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 23, iss. 9, pp. 777-810, 2006.
    [Bibtex]

    @article{cremean2006alice,
    Author = {Cremean, Lars B and Foote, Tully B and Gillula, Jeremy H and Hines, George H and Kogan, Dmitriy and Kriechbaum, Kristopher L and Lamb, Jeffrey C and Leibs, Jeremy and Lindzey, Laura and Rasmussen, Christopher E and others},
    Journal = {Journal of Field Robotics},
    Number = {9},
    Pages = {777--810},
    Publisher = {Wiley Online Library},
    Title = {Alice: An information-rich autonomous vehicle for high-speed desert navigation},
    Volume = {23},
    Year = {2006}}