Zach in Australia

Zach's Story

Zach interned at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics,  developing new capabilities for autonomous underwater vehicles while also establishing international research connections.


During his MISTI-Australia experience, Zach conducted research to enhance the capabilities of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), a laboratory at the University of Sydney.  Specifically, Zach’s research project revolved around applying novel machine learning techniques to AUV sonar data to generate a bathymetry prediction tool. Such a tool is useful because it increases the fidelity of an AUV’s perception of the environment, thus increasing both functionality and user confidence. To accomplish this, Zach designed and built a machine learning architecture from scratch to meet the constraints of the problem.  Outside of research, Zach enjoyed living as a true Sydney-sider. He enjoyed making friends with locals, exploring the beauty of Sydney including the beaches of Manly and the stunning Blue Mountains, and experimenting with Australian cuisine. Through his MISTI experience in Sydney, Zach has acquired a broader perspective of the world and fostered a desire to solve problems on a global scale.

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“I am incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to conduct exciting research with international colleagues while also gaining an in-depth and immersive cultural experience that comes with living in a foreign country.”
Zach Duguid '19
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Major & Class Year
Aero/Astro '19
MISTI Program
Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney