James Trevelyan is the chair of Mechatronics Engineering Chair at the University of Western Australia, and an elected member of the Council of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanism (IFToMM).
Between 1975 and 1993 James became well known internationally for pioneering research that resulted in sheep shearing robots. Along with his students, he then went on to produce the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. The robot has been controlled by at least 500,000 people in dozens of countries. In 2002 he was awarded with honorary membership of the Society of Counter Ordnance Technology for his research on landmine clearance methods.