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Damith Herath holds a PhD in Robotics from the University of Technology, Sydney for his research work at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS) on robotic mapping and navigation. He has worked as a Research Fellow at CAS, as a visiting Fellow at the Toyohashi University of Technology and as the lead Research Engineer on the ARC funded Thinking Head project at the MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney. Damith has over a decade of experience leading multidisciplinary robotic research projects and is the co- and founding chair of the International Workshop on Robotics & Art held in 2011 and 2014 alongside two key robotics conferences. Damith is the CEO and co-founder of Robological, a multi-award winning Robotics Startup based in Sydney, named one of the 23 most innovative young technology companies in Australia in 2014. 
Damith is currently an Assistant Professor in Software Engineering attached to the Human-Centred Computing Laboratory at the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics. He is also an honorary visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Materials Research & Technology centre at the University of New South Wales.

Research interests

  • Robot Perception
  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Robotic Art

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Research Output 2004 2016

Being One, Being Many

Kroos, C. & Herath, D. 2016 Robots and Art - Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis. Herath, D., Kroos, C. & S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 191-209 19 p. (Cognitive Science and Technology)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Robots and Art: Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis

HERATH, D., Stelarc & Kroos, C. 2016 Springer. 456 p. (Robots and Art)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

5 Citations

"C'Mon dude!": Users adapt their behaviour to a robotic agent with an attention model

Cavedon, L., Kroos, C., Herath, D., Burnham, D., Bishop, L., Leung, Y. & Stevens, C. 2015 In : International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 80, p. 14-23 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations

Thinking Head: Towards human centred robotics

Herath, D. C., Kroos, C., Stevens, C. J., Cavedon, L. & Premaratne, P. 2010 11th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2010. p. 2042-2047 6 p. 5707899

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Speech intelligibility
Intelligent agents

Thinking head framework: An open architecture for human centred robotics

Herath, D. C., Zhang, Z. & Yadav, N. 2010 Proceedings of the 2010 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, ICIAfS 2010. p. 527-532 6 p. 5715718

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Intelligent agents
Software architecture
Computer programming languages