Dr Timothy Wiley

PhD, BSc (Computer Science)
School of Computing Technologies, STEM College
RMIT University

I am currently a Lecturer in the Artificial Intelligence Discipline in the School of Computing Technologies, in the STEM College at RMIT University.

I have a passion for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. My expertise in is applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to autonomous robotics. My research interests include online learning (learning on-board autonomous robot in real-time as they operates), Human-Robot Interaction (methods for improving the relationship and trust between humans and robots intended to work with humans), Qualitative Modelling and Reasoning (symbolic representations of robot numeric dynamics, and application of these models for determining robot dynamics)

At RMIT I am:

Research Interests

I have two primary research interests. Firstly, in using autonomous robots as a platform for efficient machine learning. Secondly in investigating explainable artificial intelligence with applications in human-robot interaction.


  • Artificial Intelligence for Robotics
  • Machine Learning
  • Qualitative Reasoning
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Online Learning

Research Projects:

My current research projects are:
  • DimSim (Deep Intelligence Machine Simulator) - DimSim research is focused on developing a physically accurate, virtual simulation environment, able to simulate the function and performance of autonomous vehicles and related systems. Our partner is Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA).
  • Easigrow | Defence structures and materials experimentation collaborative program - Easigrow is a program developed by the DST (Australian Defence Science and Technology) to model fatigue crack growth, specialises in calculating model coefficients that best fit crack growth data. This project extends and improves the capabilities of Easigrow with Machine Learning techniques for more accurate predictions.


My currently teaching roles are:

  • Course Co-ordinator
    • COSC2781/COSC2814 - Programming Autonomous Robots
    • COSC2803 - Programming Studio 1

In 2021 we are launching a brand new course in Autonomous Robotics in partnership with AWS RoboMaker. The course will feature a fleet of Husarion ROSBot robots as part of the main application platform.

RMIT ROSBot in the AI Innovation Lab


RoboCup is the premiere annual international competition for autonomous robotics, featuring teams competing from over 40 countries across a wide variety of challenges. I have been involved in RoboCup for over a decade. My current roles include:

  • The academic supervisor and team lead for RedBackBots, the RMIT RoboCup Soccer SPL Team
More information can be found on my RoboCup page.

RedBackBots Robots


PhD (Computer Science)
School of Computer Science and Engineering,
The University of New South Wales
Keywords: Cognitive Robotics, Qualitative Reasoning and Planning, Reinforcement Learning, Hierarchical Learning

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), Honours First Class.
School of Computer Science and Engineering,
The University of New South Wales
Majors: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics

Former Roles and Activities

Research Associate
Creative Robotics Lab | Art & Design | UNSW Sydney
School of Computer Science and Engineering | Faculty of Engineering | UNSW Sydney
National Facility for Human Robot Interaction Research | UNSW Sydney
In partnership with Fuji-Xerox Japan

Assistant Lecturer | Tutor
School of Computer Science and Engineering | Faculty of Engineering | UNSW Sydney

Junior Developer Co-Op Scholarship Internships
News Digital Media
NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (now NSW Road and Maritime Services)

School of Computer Science and Engineering | Faculty of Engineering | UNSW Sydney
As a student I was a member of:

  • CSERevue - An annual sketch comedy show run by the students of CSE. I directed the show in 2012.
  • CSESoc - A society who runs activities relevant to students at CSE.

During my travels I have been fortunate enough to visit many countries and places.

Iceland (January 2019)
Machu Pichu (October 2015)