Hometown: Burke, VA
October 14, 2012
I am a PhD student at George Mason Univeristy studying how to do robotic motion planning problems in real world applications. One application I've been working on lately is autonomous UAV navigation, and I've been building a drone for it!
I have had much experience building and hacking on robots big and small. I spent years leading a small team to build several models of autonomous humandoid robots (doing mechanical, electronics and pcb design, and software both on bare metal atmega, blackfin, and with OS, linux and various real time os). For my research assistantship I am building a sensor-laden car with LIDAR, GPS and IMU sensors. I'm also into photography and building other stuff besides robots too!
Tons of R/C equipment as well as several hexacopters and quadcopters. Many of them are using ArduCopter. I am customizing ArduCopter software to enable telemetry commands (such as waypoints) to be inserted from a Raspberry Pi (mounted on-board) which will do some form of motion planning / computer vision. I have two FPV systems and all sorts of cameras and gadgets.
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My son, Michael, is corporate secretary for the Sabin Vaccine Institute and had wanted to meet up with the group from MIT who arre working on vaccine delivery by drones this past Saturday. Unfortunately, he could not find the meeting place. If there was literature available or if you have a contact for the MIT group, please contact Mike at [masked].