About Me

Dr Gary Overett is an Assistant Professor at the SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering where he leads the Mobile Robotics and Computer Vision (MRCV) Laboratory. The SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering was a joint effort between Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Together with other newly recruited faculty for the Joint Institute, we established a brand new engineering school modeled after Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering. CMU is frequently ranked as a leading institution in Computer Vision as well as Autonomous Driving. At the Joint Institute of Engineering, we aim to foster collaboration with this world leading research and China’s fast-growing transition economy. Our SYSU-CMU JIE graduate programs include both MS and Ph.D. in ECE where students will earn both a Carnegie Mellon and SYSU degrees. Additionally, we have a single degree program based at Sun Yat-sen University.

In addition, Dr Overett leads the Mobile Vision and Robotics Laboratory located at Shunde’s SYSU-CMU Joint Research Institute. This laboratory is focussed on moving next generation Mobile Vision capabilities into the industrial vehicle perception areas as well as other applications.


My research interests are mainly centred around Computer Vision, Robotics, Machine Learning and Autonomous Driving. In particular, I have been working on methods for creating highly robust object detectors for heavily time-constrained, real world applications. I am particularly interested in two important research questions:

  1. How can we represent the information from image and LIDAR sensors in a way that makes subsequent reasoning about real-world content both efficient and robust?
  2. What learning methodologies allow us to make time constrained real world scene understanding in a robust manner?

Previous Work

Prior to working at the Joint Institute, Dr. Overett was a Computer Vision Research Engineer at NICTA where he was based within the AutoMap team working to create road maps from geotagged video using advanced computer vision algorithms. He was located at NICTA’s Canberra Research Lab in Australia and was an adjunct at the Australian National University.

Prospective Students

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Assistant Professor at SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering