Prof. Ross McAree’s research group has been involved in the development of several automation technologies that have been commercialised for the mining sector.

These outputs have benefited the global mining industry by more than $1000 million.

Prof. McAree led the development and demonstration of the world’s first fully autonomous mining excavator as part of a 10-year collaboration with Joy Global Surface Mining (now part of Komatsu).

He has also collaborated with Caterpillar Inc. to develop and trial the world’s first autonomous bulldozer capable of production dozing using the ‘pivot push’ method.

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Professor Ross McAree

Head of School
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology