For a one-page description of my professional career, please see:
The common thread to my career in robotics, neuroscience, and software development is that I work as a “research engineer” who writes software to solve a difficult, large-scale, or mathematical task. Developing hypothesis, constructing models, fitting data, analyzing patterns, optimizing – it is always the same old math applied to different contexts.
My project portfolio contains a detail-oriented but conversational description of some of my past projects:
Presentations and Slides
After leaving the academic sphere, I have not given many public talks or had the opportunity to attend as many as I would otherwise enjoy. Here are some of my old slides that people may still find interesting or useful.
- How Sunflowers Lead to Another Musical Scale. As a (very) amateur musician, this meagre contribution to musical theory may simply to have been to define the most dissonant dyadic chord.
- Slides from a Presentation at Oregon Health & Science University.
- Slides from a Seminar on Fiber-Reinforced Polymers
Art is never finished, only abandoned. – Leonardo da Vinci
A genius far ahead of his time, Leonardo’s words ring particularly true for my thesis project, as I am sure they do for anyone else who has completed an art project of that magnitude. A Ph.D. is inherently artistic because it is an opportunity to be driven to strange places by intense curiosity and passion, and the whole process drives you a little crazy.
My thesis was pretty strange: I tried to make a one-legged kangaroo robot.
If you are curious about it, I would recommend starting by skimming through the presentation slides first or listening to me give a brief thesis presentation:
- JIMI Robot Ph.D. Thesis Defense Slides
- TODO. Upload thesis presentation video
My thesis title is a little tongue-in-cheek with regard to academic writing style – years later, it now makes me both groan and giggle because it is so long that even I cannot remember it all. If you want to dig into the thesis in all its beautiful imperfections, here it is:
- JIMI: A Hopping Monopod Robot Incorporating Nonlinear Series Elastic Actuators, Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Construction, and a Concurrent Asynchronous Dataflow-based Centroidal Momentum Balance Controller
My masters thesis at Nagoya University mostly concerned with studying via simulation the intrinsic stability of passive dynamic robots. To challenge myself, I gave the final presentation in Japanese, but the English translation is doubtlessly more grammatically correct.
- On the Gait Robustness of Passive Dynamic Robots, and a Novel Variable Stiffness Series Elastic Actuator
- Slides for the above thesis (Japanese)
- Slides for the above thesis (English)
TODO: Links and preprints
TODO: Upload old photo page