In my current full-time role at Polarworks I'm doing exciting work behind the scenes to make programming and control of industrial robot manipulators more intuitive and powerful. There's not much I can say about it yet, but keep an eye out.
My former role at Pliant Energy Systems focused on developing a propulsion concept for coastal robotics that uses undulating, flexible fins instead of spinning blades. We secured non-dilutive funding for this R&D work via a substantial two year+ contract with the Office of Naval Research in response to a BAA opportunity.
Pliant Energy Systems' Velox amphibious robot GIF-ified by Reddit
I was the PI for the Velox ONR R&D project and was heavily involved in all aspects of the robotic system development including:
- Project technical administration and technical reporting
- Actuator selection and performance characterization
- Reproducible analysis of performance test data using Jupyter notebooks
- All electronic hardware design and substantial mechanical system design
- Electromechanical system prototyping and system integration
- Nonlinear finite element modeling of flexible fin thrusters, other flexible mechanisms, and entire robots using Abaqus
- All embedded firmware development, ROS integration, and control software development
- Novel control system development for biomorphic finned robots
- Computer vision development for navigation and maneuvering experiments
I'm no longer working full-time at Pliant but I'm still involved in in an advisory capacity with the future development of the next-generation follow on to the Velox project, The Pliant Energy Systems C-Ray.
We got some substantial media attention from the Velox project. Some media hits: