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locationCanberra, Australia

Nick Barnes is a Professor in the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering at the Australian National University, where he started in 2016. He completed his Ph.D. in 1999 at the University of Melbourne. He was a visiting research fellow at the University of Genoa, Italy in 1999. From 2000 to 2003, he was a lecturer within the Computer Science and Software Engineering departments at the University of Melbourne. From 2003-2019 he was at NICTA, which later merged with CSIRO in 2016. He became the program leader of Computer Vision in 2006, where he leads a research team of 25 research staff. His research interests lie in computer vision particularly: especially with regard to dense prediction, 3D vision, visual saliency and visual navigation, focusing on prosthetic vision. From his research on these topics, he has published over 140 research papers. He was part of the team with the successful bid for the ARC Special Research Initiative in Bionic Vision from 2010 to 2015. His pioneering work in prosthetic vision processing was a key contribution to the formation of a spin-out company, Bionic Vision Technologies. In 2017, this work was awarded the CSIRO Digital and National Facilitates Science Excellence Award.


  • PhD, Engineering and Robotic Vision, University of Australia, Melbourne (1999)
  • BSc (Honors), University of Australia, Melbourne, 1994 ()