Dr Timothy Wiley

PhD, BSc (Computer Science)
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

I am currently a Research Associate on a joint project between the Creative Robotics Lab at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, the AI & Robotics Research Group at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, both at UNSW Australia. My currently research project, in collaboration with Fuji Xerox Japan, investiagtes how to improve human-robot interactions on a social robot designed for use in office environments, through online learning techniques that allows a robot to dynamically adapt its behaviour.

I recently received my PhD in Computer Science at UNSW, focusing on Robotics and Machine Learning. My thesis proposes a Planning and Learning Hierarchy that takes a hybrid approach to the online trial-and-error learning of new robotic skills by reasoning about domain knowledge of the robotic system. The domain knowledge, in the form of a qualitative model is learnt from numeric data samples collected as the robot moves about the environment. A planner which incorporates qualitative reasoning, finds a parameterised sequence of actions, which form an approximate solution to a given task. The parameters, which are constrained by the qualitative planner, are refined through on-line trial-and-error learning to optimal values.

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


I supervie the RoboCupSoccer SPL team (rUNSWift), that primarliy consists of undergraduate computer science students. The team's 2017 results include:
  • Quarter Finals of the International RoboCup competition in Nagoya, Japan
  • Champions of RoboCup Asia-Pacific held in Bangkok, Thailand

I lead CSE's RoboCup@Home DSPL team, UNSW@Home. Our research unit was awarded a Toyota HSR robot to participate in the @Home competition. More information can be found on our team's homepage.

I have been a member of the CASualty, the UNSW RoboCup Rescue team. The research focus of the team is Autonomous Robotics for Urban Search and Rescue, with specific interest in mapping, autonomous navigation and exploration, mobility over rough terrain, and autonomous victim identification. As a member of the team, I have been awarded, Best-in-Class Autonomy (2010, 2011) and Best-in-Class Mobility (2010) at RoboCup Rescue competitions.

2017 RoboCup Asia-Pacific Champions
RoboCup@Home Team



I am not currently teaching due to research commitments.

  • Assistant Lecturer:
    • ENGG1811 - Computing for Engineers
  • Course Administrator:
    • COMP1400 - Programming for Designers
    • INFS1609 - Fundamentals of Business Programming
  • Tutor/Lab Demonstrator
    • COMP3141 - Software System Design and Implementation
    • COMP3431 - Robot Software Architectures
    • COMP3441 - Security Engineering
    • COMP2911 - Engineering Design in Computing
    • COMP1927 - Computing 2: Data Structures and Algorithms
    • COMP1917 - Computing 1: Introduction to Programming


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


I am currently on the Workplace Health and Safety committee, Level 3, for the school of CSE.

As a student at UNSW 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.

Machu Pichu (October 2015)
Iguaçu Falls (August 2014)