Dr Rohan Shekhar
2008 Menzies Scholar in Engineering
Rohan Shekhar holds the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic Engineering) from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours and the University Medal. Rohan's final year thesis was entitled "Modelling and Automated Digging Control of a Cable Shovel". He was subsequently employed as a research engineer working on scale modelling and automation of excavation machinery.
Rohan completed his PhD at Cambridge University. His research focused on Variable Horizon Model Predictive Control, a technology particularly suited to the automation of vehicles. His thesis developed new theory for implementing this technology and improving its computational performance, especially in the presence of modelling uncertainty. Proof of concept was shown on a simulated surface mining machine, demonstrating the applicability of the work to areas beyond the realm of vehicle autonomy.
Rohan is currently a Research Fellow at the The University of Melbourne in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is looking into improving the efficiency of engines running on renewable fuels, through automated engine tuning.