Khoa Le

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School: School of Science, Engineering and Technology
Department: Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering
Position: Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South
ORCID: 0009-0003-6853-0278

Khoa's research focused on underwater vehicles, specifically the control systems of ROV/AUV. He has gained a deep understanding of this field and is committed to pursuing excellence in teaching, tutoring, and research in various units. After completing his PhD, he joined the Centre for Autonomous Systems (now Robotic Institute) at the University of Technology Sydney as a senior research engineer who works on robot systems design for various industry-funded projects.

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Australian Maritime College/ University of Tasmania (Australia)
  • Master of Science (Automotive and mechatronics): University of Ulsan (South Korea)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics): Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (Vietnam)

  • Mechatronic system design
  • Control design
  • Robotics

  • Motion control
  • Dynamic systems
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Robotics design

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Penglei Dai, Wenjie Lu, Khoa Le, and Dikai Liu, “Sliding Mode Impedance Control for Contact Intervention of an I-AUV: Simulation and Experimental Validation”, Ocean Engineering, 196, ISSN 0029-8018 (2020)
  • Le, KD and Nguyen, HD, Ranmuthugala, SD and Forrest AL, “Artificial Potential Field for ROV Haptic Control in Dynamic Environments”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, 230, pp. 962-977. ISSN 0959-6518 (2016) 
  • Le, KD and Nguyen, HD, Ranmuthugala, SD and Forrest AL, “A Heading Observer for ROVs under Roll and Pitch Oscillations and Acceleration Disturbances using Low-Cost Sensors”, Ocean Engineering, 110, (Part A) pp. 152-162. ISSN 0029-8018 (2015) 
  • Le, KD and Nguyen, HD and Ranmuthugala, SD, “Development and Control of a Low-Cost, Three-Thruster, Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle”, International Journal of Automation Technology, 9 (1) pp. 67-75. ISSN 1881-7629 (2015)
  • Le, KD and Nguyen, HD and Ranmuthugala, D, “Design, modelling and simulation of a remotely operated vehicle - Part 2”, Journal of Computer Science and Cybernetics, 30, (2) pp. 106-116. ISSN 1813-9663 (2014)
  • Le Duy Khoa, Dinh Quang Truong and Kyoung Kwan Ahn, “Synchronization controller for 3-R planar parallel pneumatic artificial muscle (PAM) robot using the modified ANFIS algorithm”, Mechatronics, 23, pp. 462-479, ISSN 0957-4158 (2013) 
  • D. Q. Truong, K. K. Ahn, L. D. Khoa, and D. H. Thinh,“Development of a smart bicycle based on a hydrostatic automatic transmission”, Journal of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing, 6, pp.236-251, ISSN 1881-3054 (2012)
  • Kyoung Kwan Ahn, Jong Il Yoon and Le Duy Khoa, “A study on the path tracking of electric wheelchair robot”, Journal of the Korea Society for Precision Engineering, 11 (28), pp. 1265-127, ISSN 1225-9071 (2011)


 Refereed Conference Papers

  • K. Le, A. To, B. Leighton, M. Hassan and D. Liu, "The SPIR: An Autonomous Underwater Robot for Bridge Pile Cleaning and Condition Assessment," 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2020, pp. 1725-1731
  • Le, KD and Nguyen, HD, Ranmuthugala, SD and Forrest, AL, “Haptic Driving System for Surge Motion Control of Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles”, International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control, 3-5 December 2014, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-6
  • Le, KD and Nguyen, HD and Ranmuthugala, SD, “A Self-tuning Nonlinear PID Controller for a Three-Thruster Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle”, Proceedings of the Second Vietnam Conference on Control and Automation, 22 - 23 November 2013, Da Nang, Vietnam, pp. 1-8
  • Le, KD and Nguyen, HD and Ranmuthugala, SD, “Development and modelling of a three-thruster remotely operated vehicle using open source hardware”, Proceedings of The 17th International Conference On Mechatronics Technology, 15-18 October 2013, Jeju Island, Korea, 2013, pp. 1-6
  • Le Duy Khoa, Kim Cheon, Kyoung Kwan Ahn,“Application of Grey predictor in controlling 5-DOF power assistant robot”, International Conference of Control Automation and Systems (ICCAS), 2012, Jeju, Korea
  • Le Duy Khoa, Dao Thanh Liem, Kyoung Kwan Ahn,“Inverse kinematic analysis for 7-DOF redundant power assistant robot control”, The 16th International Conference on Mechatronics Technology, 2012, TienJin, China
  • Le Duy Khoa and Kyoung Kwan Ahn, “Robust adaptive neuro fuzzy algorithm for synchronizing trajectory control of 3-R planar parallel robot”, The 15th International Conference on Mechatronics Technology, 2011, Melbourne, Australia

  • Rob Lewis Medal for excellence in AMC/UTAS postgraduate Research (2016)

  • Research engineer for industry-funded projects from Road and Maritime Service of New South Wales
  • Autonomy developer for autonomous vehicles in the mining sector

  • Senior Autonomy Engineer at Fortescue Metals Group (2020-present)
  • Senior Research Engineer at University of Technology Sydney (2017 – 2020)
  • Casual Academic staff at Australian Maritime College/University of Tasmania (2013-2016)