Contributor Profile

Dr Joe Cronin

Job TitleCo-founder

Company NameAustralian Droid and Robot


Dr Joe Cronin is a leading innovator in the global underground mining industry.  He possesses extensive technical project management experience in the development and implementation of technology in the mining and defence industries.

 His greatest passion is the implementation of teleoperation technologies to allow personnel to remotely execute hazardous tasks. For the last decade he has been driving to bring the lessons he learned working with the US army’s bomb disposal robot teams to the mining industry who also have to deal with hazards they can neither eliminate nor substitute.

“Safety by Separation” is his catch phrase.

Joe is one of the few individuals who is not only capable of developing technology, but also has the skills to manage the successful design, installation and commissioning of that technology.

Dr Joe was responsible for the implementation of autonomous LHDs at Northparkes mines where 100% of the production from the E48 Block Cave is produced by automated loaders.

Besides being active in underground mine automation consultancy, he is the  operations manager for Australian Droid + Robot, a Brisbane based robotics company specialising in the development of underground robots and drones.

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Tuesday 27 Aug 2019 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 28 Aug 2019 10am - 5pm
Thursday 29 Aug 2019 10am - 4pm
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