I have always had an interest in autonomous systems, specifically robots that operate in space or explore the surface of other worlds. The challenge accompanying these difficult environments, that of long term autonomy, robust perception and intelligent planning, and also the resulting implications for humanity, are what inspire me to work personally and professionally in this field. I hope to be involved in the next decisive projects that further propel our understanding and access to planets and environments other than our own as I believe it will be the next crucial challenge in humanity’s ongoing technological progress.
My experience with computer engineering and autonomous systems began from a young age. During my undergraduate studies in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at the University of Queensland, I started a project aimed at developing an autonomous fixed-wing unmanned aircraft for search-and-rescue and mapping purposes. During the project, I led a team of 3 engineers and developed the electronics and software required for an on-board INS system as well as the accompanying path following, telemetry and ground control software. This research followed on to my current PhD work at the George Washington University, where I am working on developing novel real-time and physically-accurate planning and control methods for agile autonomous vehicles.