Professor Tom Drummond

Professor Tom Drummond

Head of Department
Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
Room 118, 14 Alliance Lane, Clayton Campus

Professor Tom Drummond is the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering. He grew up in the UK and studied mathematics for his BA at the University of Cambridge.  In 1989 he emigrated to Australia and worked for CSIRO in Melbourne for four years before moving to Perth for his PhD in Computer Science at Curtin University.  In 1998 he returned to Cambridge as a post-doctoral Research Associate and in 1991 was appointed as a University Lecturer and was subsequently promoted to Senior University Lecturer.  In 2010 he returned to Melbourne and took up a Professorship at Monash University.


Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Machine Learning

Professional activities

Member of the Victorian Road Safety Commissioner Reference Group.

Research Interests

Professor Tom Drummond’s research is principally in the field of real-time computer vision (ie processing of information from a video camera in a computer in real-time typically at frame rate). This has applications in augmented reality, robotics, assistive technologies for visually impaired users as well as medical imaging.

Research Projects

Current projects

ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision

Australia is a high-wage country with decreasing productivity in many sectors and robots will be vital to our future prosperity. However the nature of the workplaces, and the work itself, is unstructured and current day robots are seriously challenged by their inability to quickly and reliably perceive and understand their environment. Overcoming this fundamental technological road block can only be acheived through a concerted large-scale effort. The research program of the centre will create the technologies that allow robots to see as we do. overcoming the remaining barriers to the ubiquitous deployment of robots into society for the benefit of all.

Past projects

RGB-D sensors, embedded development boards and specialised electronics for project 'Self-organization in intelligent video sensor networks'

Research articles, papers & publications

See Tom’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Last modified: August 7, 2018