david

mechatronics / (ˌmɛkəˈtrɒnɪks) /
noun the combination of mechanical engineering,
electronics, and computer software ….

I build autonomous systems that do the dull things better than humans, to let people focus on doing the things that matter.

Currently I research and develop algorithms that allow self-driving cars to see the world using camera, LiDAR and RADAR sensors. Our autonomous cars can detect features of the road, other people and other cars, and they are already operating in Las Vegas, USA.

Previously I was a robotics engineer at NREC (National Robotic Engineering Center), developing perception and object manipulation algorithms for the robot CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform). We won a $500,000 prize and 3rd place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015.

I have undertaken research at the Robotics Institute at CMU (Carnegie Mellon University), the Humanoid Robot Research Center “HUBO Lab” at KAIST, Rainbow Inc., A*STAR Social Robotics Lab, PAL Robotics and UQ (University of Queensland).

I studied the science of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, mechatronic engineering at the University of Queensland, and robotics and mechatronics at Swinburne University of Technology.