Professor Ross McAree

Head of School

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
p.mcaree@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 67823

Overview

I am a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at the University of Queensland. My research interests are focused on machinery dynamics and control with a current emphasis on mining equipment automation.

With my research group, I am esponsible for significant developments in the automation of mining equipment. I led the development and demonstration of the world’s first fully autonomous mining excavator as the outcome of a 10 year collaboration with Joy Global Surface Mining. To date, this research has resulted in two commercialized products that are now globally deployed and have been independently valued to have delivered between $309M and $1,096M of benefit to the mining industry. Further outcomes are currently being commercialized. I have collaborated with Caterpillar to deve;p[ and trial the world’s first autonomous bulldozer capable of production dozing using the ‘pivot push’ method. The outcomes of this work are being commercialized by Caterpillar.

From 2007-2015 I held an industry funded (P&H) Chair of Mechanical Engineering and from 2009-2015 I was Vice President for Automation and Automation Program Leader within the Cooperative Research Centre for for Mining. I have attracted in excess of $10M dollars of Category 1-3 and $8.5M of Category 4 funding to support my research and I have contributed to the winning of two CRC bids (CRCMining and CRCMining2) for a total of $35.2M funding.

I was recognized for my contributions to mining equipment automation in 2013 by election as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)

I established the Mechatronic Engineering Plan at UQ and have continued to serve in the role of Plan Leader, on a two-year rotation basis with a counterpart in the School of ITEE, since 2002. I have given leadership to the School as Chair of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Engineering Research Committee (2009-2015) and Teaching and Learning Committee (2015-).

Significant external service includes serving as Chair for the Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Mechanical Sciences (2001-2006) and as the Australian representative to the International Federation of Mechanism and Machine Theory (2001-continuing). I was Associate Editor for journal ‘Mechatronics’ (1999-2011) and I am a current member of Australian Standards Committees ME-27 and IT-06.

I am a committed educator with a record of excellent teaching and research higher degree supervision.

Research Impacts

Professor McAree's research group have been involved in the development automation technologies for the mining sector, several of which have been commercialized.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Master of Engineering Science, Monash University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

  • Reid, A. W., Smith, Z. V., McAree, P. R., Cloete, S. and Horberry, T. (2013) Shovel Load Assist project: C16031 Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)

Book Chapter

  • Soltani Naveh, K. and McAree, P. R. (2016). From MRAC to learning-based MPC: the emerging importance of machine learning for control of robot manipulators. In Dan Zhang and Bin Wei (Ed.), Adaptive control for robotic manipulators (pp. 1-28) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/9781315166056

  • Dight, P. M., Douglas, B., Henley, K., Lumley, G., McAree, P. R., Miller, D., Saydam, S., Topal, E., Wesseloo, J. and Williams, D. J. (2013). Developments in open cut mining. In W. J. Rankin (Ed.), Australasian mining and metallurgical operating practices 3rd ed. (pp. 47-80) Carlton, VIC, Australia: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

  • Hook, D. G, and McAree, P. R (1990). Using Sturm sequences to bracket real roots of polynomial equations. In Andrew S. Glassner (Ed.), Graphics gems (pp. 416-422) Boston, United States: Academic Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Kearney, M. P., Smith, Z. V. and McAree, P. R. (2015). Receding horizon collision avoidance for large excavators. In: Proceedings of the 14th IFToMM World Congress. 2015 IFToMM World Congress, Taipei, Taiwan, (106-112). 25-30 October 2015. doi:10.6567/IFToMM.14TH.WC.OS13.028

  • Phillips, Tyson, Hahn, Martin and McAree, Ross (2013). An evaluation of ranging sensor performance for mining automation applications. In: IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronic (AIM), 2013. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics: Mechatronics for Human Wellbeing, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (1284-1289). 9-12 July 2013. doi:10.1109/AIM.2013.6584271

  • Beasley, Peter and McAree, P. Ross (2013). Design and construction of a scale robotic excavator work-cell to test automated excavation algorithms. In: IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronic (AIM), 2013. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics: Mechatronics for Human Wellbeing, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (985-990). 9-12 July 2013. doi:10.1109/AIM.2013.6584222

  • Green, Matthew E., Ridley, Alexander N. and McAree, P. Ross (2013). Pose verification for autonomous equipment interaction in surface mining. In: 2013 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics: Mechatronics for human wellbeing. 2013 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Woolongong, NSW, Australia, (1199-1204). 9-12 July 2013. doi:10.1109/AIM.2013.6584257

  • Dudley, John J. and McAree, Peter R. (2013). Why the mining industry needs a reference architecture for automation initiatives. In: IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronic (AIM), 2013. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Woolongong, NSW, Australia, (1792-1797). 9-12 July 2013. doi:10.1109/AIM.2013.6584357

  • Beasley, Peter and McAree, P. Ross (2012). A linear relaxation solution of the Tactical Movement Problem. In: Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on. 25th IEEE\RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Algarve, Portugal, (672-677). 07-12 October 2012. doi:10.1109/IROS.2012.6385760

  • Phillips, Tyson, Hahn, Martin and McAree, Ross (2012). An evaluation of ranging sensor performance for mining automation applications. In: Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Perth, WA, Australia, (185-200). 8-10 October 2012.

  • Edgar, Michael, Aw, Jonathan, Dudley, John, Marley, Roger, Reid, Anthony, Smith, Zane, Taylor, Adrian and McAree, Ross (2012). Characterization of a UWB transceiver for mining applications. In: Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Perth, Australia, (125-140). 8-10 October 2012.

  • Green, Matthew, Ridley, Alexander and McAree, Peter R. (2012). Pose verification for mining automation applications. In: Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Perth WAPerth, Australia, (113-124). 8-10 October 2012.

  • Beasley, Peter M. and McAree, Peter R. (2012). The tactical movement problem: solution by linear relaxation. In: Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Perth, Australia, (175-184). 8-10 October 2012.

  • Dudley, John, Palmer, Lachlan and McAree, Ross (2012). Towards a reference architecture for mining automation. In: Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Perth, Australia, (49-62). 8-10 October 2012.

  • Denman, A., McAree, P.R., Kearney, M., Reid, A. and Austin, K. (2010). Swing trajectory control for large excavators. In: Andrew Howard, Karl Iagnemma and Alonzo Kelly, Field and Service Robotics: Results of the 7th International Conference. The 7th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, Cambridge, MA, United States, (401-410). 14-16 July 2009. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-13408-1_36

  • Beasley, Peter M. and McAree, Peter R. (2010). The tactical movement problem. In: Bevan B. Beamish and David Cusack, Proceedings of the 2010 Australian Mining Technology Conference: Technology Changing the Mining Business Footprint. 2010 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Perth, WA, Australia, (21-34). 13-15 September 2010.

  • Dudley, John, McAree, Peter R., Lever, Paul J.A., Jones, D. and Sprigg, M. (2010). Trade-level skills formation to support automation in the mining industry. In: Sustainable Mining 2010 conference : 17-19 August 2010, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Sustainable Mining 2010- The Business Case, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, (296-306). 17-19 August.

  • Dudley, John and McAree, Peter R. (2010). Underground collision avoidance: From technology to solution. In: Paul Lever and Peter Knights, Proceedings of the 2010 Australian Mining Technology Conference: "Technology Changing the Mining Business Footprint". 2010 Australian Mining Technology Conference: "Technology changing the mining business footprint", Perth, WA, Australia, (9-19). 13-15 September 2010.

  • Michael Kearney, Zane Smith and McAree, Peter R. (2009). A Constrained Control Methodology to Assist Operators of Mining Shovels to Avoid Collisions. In: Knights, Peter and Lever, Paul J.A., Technology solutions for challenging financial times. Australian mining technology conference, Brisbane Australia, (31-44). October 27-28 2009.

  • Kearney, Michael Peter, Rakovic, Sasa V. and McAree, Peter Ross (2009). Control correction synthesis: A set of theoretic approach. In: Proceedings, European Control Conference 2009. European Control Conference 2009, Budapest, Hungary, (3130-3135). 23-26 August, 2009.

  • Williams, I., Upcroft, B., Denman, A., Reid, A. and McAree, P.R. (2009). Range sensor pose estimation. In: Knights, P. and Lever, P., Technology solutions for challenging financial times. Australian Mining Technology Conference, Brisbane, (55-66). Victoria, Australia.

  • Matthew Green and McAree, Peter R. (2009). Relative Vehicle Localisation in Surface Mining. In: Knights, Peter and Lever, Paul J.A., Technology solutions for challenging financial times. Australian mining technology conference, Brisbane Australia, (19-30). October 27-28 2009.

  • Rakovic, S., Kearney, M. and McAree, P. R. (2009). Robust control correction synthesis: A set-theoretic approach. In: IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, 2009. The 7th IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, Christchurch, New Zealand, (500-506). 9-11 December 2009. doi:10.1109/ICCA.2009.5410428

  • Dudley, John, McAree, Peter R., Lever, Paul J.A., Jones, D. and Sprigg, M. (2009). Skills formation to support the future of automation in the resource industry. In: Knights, Peter and Lever, Paul J.A., 2009 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2009 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (11-18). 27-28 October 2009.

  • Williams, I. A. and McAree, P. R. (2008). Situational awareness for automated operation of electric mining shovels. In: Michael Hood, Peter Knights and Paul Lever, "Smart technologies for sustaining the minerals boom" : 16-18 September 2008 Twin Waters, Queensland. 2008 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Sunshine Coast, Australia, (57-70). 16-18 September 2008.

  • Green, M., Williams, I. and McAree, P. R. (2007). A framework for relative equipment localisation. In: M. Hood, P. Knights and P. J. A. Lever, Proceedings of: 2007 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2007 Australian Mining Technology Conference, The Vines, Western Australia, (317-331). 2-4 October, 2007.

  • McAree, P. R., Burant, J. and Austin, K. J. (2007). Developments in mining shovel automation. In: M. Hood, P. Knights and P. J. A. Lever, Proceedings of the 2007 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2007 Australian Mining Technology Conference, The Vines, Western Australia, (97-103). 2-4 October, 2007.

  • Austin, K. J., Champion, M. and McAree, P. R. (2007). Progress in multi-boom jumbo sequencing. In: Smart technologies for overcoming the skills shortage. 2007 CRC Australian Mining Technology Conference, The Vines, Western Australia, Australia, (). 2-4 October 2007.

  • McAree, P. R. and Austin, K. J. (2007). Realtime friction estimation using the Kalman Inverse Filter. In: Twelfth World Congress in Mechanism and Machine Science : Besançon, France, June 17 - 21, 2007. Twelfth World Congress in Mechanism and Machine Science, Besançon, France, (). 17-21 June, 2007.

  • Green, M., Siegrist, P. M., Calder, M. and McAree, P. R. (2006). A method for globally locating electric mining shovels. In: Hood, Mike, Lever, Paul and Knights, Peter, Value through cost control. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Hunter Valley, Australia, (199-213). 26-27 September, 2006.

  • Austin, K. and McAree, P. (2006). Characterising transmission friction in the 2100BLE electric mining shovel. In: Hood, Mike, Lever, Paul and Knights, Peter, Value through cost control. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Hunter Valley, Australia, (125-132). 26-27 September, 2006.

  • Kearney, M. P., Siegrist, P. M. and McAree, P. R. (2006). Constrained model predictive control for obstacle avoidance in rate-controlled systems. In: Mike Hood, Paul Lever and Peter Knights, 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference: Value through cost control, Hunter Valley, Australia, (287-300). 26-27 September, 2006.

  • Wallis, D. L., Jefferey, R., Siegrist, P. M. and McAree, P. R. (2006). Control systems modelling of a 2100BLE electric mining shovel. In: Hood, Mike, Lever, Paul and Knights, Peter, 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference:'Value through cost control'. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference: 'Value through cost control', Hunter Valley, Australia, (105-118). 26-27 September, 2006.

  • Smith, Z. V. and McAree, P. R. (2006). Fast Minkowski hull operation. In: Mike Hood, Paul Lever and Peter Knights, Proceedings of the 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference: Value through cost control, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, (427-438). 26-27 September, 2006.

  • Walls, L. D. and McAree, P. R. (2006). Monitoring underground road roughness. In: Hood, Mike, Lever, Paul and Knights, Peter, Value through cost control. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Hunter Valley, Australia, (25-40). 26-27 September, 2006.

  • Champion, M., Austin, K. and McAree, P. R. (2006). Optimal drill pattern sequencing for multi-boom jumbos. In: Mike Hood, Paul Lever and Peter Knights, Proceedings of the 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference: Value through cost control, The Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, (125-132). 26-27 September, 2006.

  • Siegrist, P. M., McAree, P. R., Wallis, D. L., Kearney, M. P. and van Geenhuizen, J. A. (2006). Prediction models for collision avoidance on electric mining shovels. In: Mike Hood, Paul Lever and Peter Knights, Proceedings of the 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference: Value through cost control, The Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, (161-174). 26-27 September, 2006.

  • Smith, Z. V. and McAree, P.R. (2005). A distributed data-representation for facilitating equipment interactions. In: H Gurgenci, M Hood, P Lever and P Knights, 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference - New Technologies to Produce More with Less. 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Fremantle, Australia, (49-56). 27-28 September 2005.

  • Reid, A. W., Chiodi, V., Hall, A. S. and McAree, P. R. (2005). A performance evaluation of the CRCMining/P&H electric mining shovel monitor. In: H. Gurgenci, M. Hood, P. Lever and P. Knights, Proceedings of the 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference. Australian Mining Technology Conference - New Technologies to Produce More with Less, Fremantle, Western Australia, (165-173). 27-28 September, 2005.

  • Austin, K. J., Calder, M. A. and McAree, P. R. (2005). Machine monitoring with wireless sensor networks. In: H. Gurgenci, M. Hood, P. Lever and P. Knights, 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference - New Technologies to Produce More with Less. Proceedings of the 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Freemantle, Western Australia, (279-284). 27-28 September 2005.

  • Kearney, M. P. and McAree, P.R. (2005). Real-time collision prediction and control system for electric rope shovels. In: H Gurgenci, M Hood, P Lever and P Knights, 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference - New Technologies to Produce More with Less. Proceedings of the 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Freemantle, Western Australia, (113-120). 27-28 September 2005.

  • Hillier, N. S. and McAree, P.R. (2004). Computer modelling of the dynamics of the RH200 hydraulic excavator. In: H Gurgenci, A Hall, D Howarth, P Lever, T Meyer and E Nebot, Proceedings of the 2004 CRCMining Research and Effective Technology Transfer Conference. CRCMining Conference, Noosa Head, Queensland, Australia, (1-8). 15-16 June 2004.

  • Barter, B. S. and McAree, P.R. (2004). Longwall AFC Operating Regime Identification using the IMM Estimator. In: H Gurgenci, A Hall, D Howarth, P Lever, T Meyer and E Nebot, Proceedings of the 2004 CRCMining Research and Effective Technology Transfer Conference. CRCMining Conference, Noosa Head, Queensland, Australia, (1-10). 15-16 June 2004.

  • Siegrist, P. M. and McAree, P. R. (2004). Sensor requirments for tyre force estimation; Applications to off-highway mining trucks. In: T Huang, Proceedings of the 11th World Congress in Mechanism and Machine Science. 11th World Congress in Mechanism and Machine Science, Tianjin, China, (2397-2301). 18-21 August 2003.

  • Hillier, N. S. and McAree, P.R. (2002). Formulating the equations of motion for mechanisms having multiple kinematic loops. In: Pemberton, M. Turner, I. Jacobs, P. and ., The Fifth Biennial Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference. The Fifth Biennial Engineering Mathematics and Applications Ce, Queensland University of Queensland, Brisbane, (121-126). 29/09/02-02/10/02.

  • Gurgenci, H., McAree, P.R., Meehan, P. A. and Guan, Z. (2002). How to manage machine duty to sustain high production rates. In: Clifford and L., CMMI Congress 2002 - International Codes, Technology and Sustainability for the Minerals Industry. CMMI Congress 2002, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, (135-140). 27-28 May, 2002.

  • Barter, B. S. and McAree, P.R. (2002). Performance analysis of fault detection and isolation techniques. In: Pemberton, M. Turner, I. Jacobs, P. and ., The Fifth Biennual Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference. The Fifth Biennual Engineering Mathematics and Applications Ce, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, (79-84). 29/09/02 - 02/10/02.

  • Siegrist, P. M. and McAree, P.R. (2002). Sensor requirements for tyre force estimation; Applications to off-highway mining trucks. In: P. Pemberton, M. Turner and I. Jacobs, The 5th Biennial Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference. The 5th Biennial Engineering Mathematics and Applications Ce, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, (187-192). 29 September - 2 October, 2002.

  • Siegrist, P. M., McAree, P. R. and Gurgenci, H. (1999). The interaction between mining trucks and haul roads. In: Hal Gurgenci and Jimin He, International Conference on Applications of Modal Analysis '99: Recent Advances in Modal Analysis Practice. Recent Advances in Modal Analysis Practice, Gold Coast, Qld, Aust., (74-87). 15-17 Dec 1999.

  • Selig, JM and McAree, PR (1996). A simple approach to invariant hybrid control. In: 1996 Ieee International Conference On Robotics and Automation, Proceedings, Vols 1-4. 1996 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Minneapolis Mn, (2238-2245). Apr 22-28, 1996.

  • Bu, YH, Daniel, RW and McAree, PR (1996). Stability analysis of force reflecting telerobotic systems. In: Iros 96 - Proceedings of the 1996 Ieee/rsj International Conference On Intelligent Robots and Systems - Robotic Intelligence Interacting with Dynamic Worlds, Vols 1-3. 1996 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - Robotic Intelligence Interacting with Dynamic Worlds (IROS 96), Osaka Japan, (1374-1379). Nov 04-08, 1996.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision