B.S. in Engineering, May 2012
Minor: Cognitive Science, Mathematics
Penn: Robotics research in the GRASP Lab
My research under Dan Lee involves robots that use computer vision to understand the properties of objects in their environment.
The Manip project is kinematic learning for robots: from 3D camera input, our algorithm will discover the structure of objects with moving parts.
DARPA Robotics Challenge
I assisted Team THOR near the end of the 2013 DRC. In a "dress rehearsal" setting at Virginia Tech, we built a replica of most of the challenge tasks, and fine-tuned our strategy and equipment.
We are collaborating with SEPTA on a solution to the problem of collision detection for buses. The full system will include sensor fusion to determine when a bus is turning a corner, laser scanning to detect pedestrians in danger, and a targeted audio warning system.
"Hall Monitor" Android app
Hall Monitor is a work-in-progress driver app for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (and S4 mini) to support the S View cover under alternative ROMs (like CyanogenMod).
Pollio is a (very incomplete) social polling app for Android phones, developed at the PennApps Fall 2013 hackathon by "Dumbledore's Army" (myself, Joe Trovato, Ellie Pavlick and Alex Salz). Maybe we'll finish it someday.
MSP430 "Launchpad II"
I have several (slowly...) ongoing projects with the MSP430 Launchpad development platform, including making a retro-style tiny computer, and writing an instruction-level simulator.
These are some people who I've gotten to know personally and academically, and they're awesome.
Andreas Bastian - engineer, artist, and additive manufacturing wizard, previously at Makerbot Industries - website, tumblr.
Julian Leland - mechanical engineer, musician, rugby player, currently at Barrett Technology - website.
Seth Foster - electromechanical engineer, rugby player, currently at Makerbot Industries - blog.