Associate Professor Michael Milford

Associate Professor Michael Milford is a leading robotics researcher conducting interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision, and a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception in order to develop new technologies, with a particular emphasis on challenging application domains where current techniques fail such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He currently hold the position of Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator on the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

His research has attracted more than twenty-one million dollars in research and industry funding, and his papers have won (4) or been finalists (7) for 11 best paper awards. His citation h-index is 25, with 2290 citations as of Jan 2016. A. Prof Milford has given more than 50 invited presentations across twelve countries at top international conferences, universities (including Harvard, MIT, CMU, Boston Uni, Cambridge and Imperial College London) and corporations (including Google and Microsoft).

As an educational entrepreneur, A. Prof Milford has written and produced innovative textbooks for high school students for fifteen years, with more than 6000 physical sales and website and YouTube views in excess of 1.5 million. He has recently launched the company Math Thrills, an initiative combining mass market entertainment and STEM education. Math Thrills received pre-seed funding on Kickstarter ($2500), seed funding ($50,000) from QUT Bluebox, an AMP Tomorrow Fund award ($25,000) and is in school trials. The initiative has led to awards including the 2015 Queensland Young Tall Poppy of the Year Award and a 2015 TedXQUT talk.

Founding director Michael Milford has been recognised as an AMP Tomorrow Maker, with a $25,379 grant to support his Math Thrills initiative to make math an enjoyable, stealthy part of everyone’s daily lives and in doing so create a society where mathematical literacy is universal.


Michael Milford being awarded the Queensland Young Tall Poppy of the Year, with the Minister for Science, the Hon Leeanne Enoch, the Queensland Chief Scientist Geoff Garrett and the Qut Head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor David Lovell.

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View Michael’s TedX Talk: How Hollywood can save math education