I lead teams to design and create robotic and autonomous systems. I currently work at Deepfield Robotics, part of Robert Bosch Startup GmbH, which prototypes robotic technology and business models for agriculture. At Deepfield I have a variety of roles such as product and robot design, strategic vision, technology adviser, interviewing, ‘scrum’ leader, international speaker, coder and student adviser.
I have extensive experience with indoor and field robots and in the last 17 years have worked across the broad spectrum of robotics including navigation, path planning, computer vision, control, simulation, SLAM, localisation, multi-robot coordination, mechanical design, arm design, electrical design, actuation, mechanisms, communication, cognitive learning, and docking systems. Along the way I’ve collaborated with engineers, cognitive scientists, industrial designers, neuroscientists, agronomists, computational modellers and mathematicians.
It is important to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers which I have done as a university lecturer, and undergraduate and postgraduate engineering and research advisor. More details are here.
I’ve had substantial success as a Bai Rui Taekwon-Do instructor and coach. In 10+ years of instructing I helped 25 students reach Black Belt, coached successful teams to a national and international tournament, ran an elite fitness squad and was the tournament director for more than 20 national and international events.
My homeland is Australia. I currently live in Stuttgart, Germany with my partner Ruth Schulz and my daughters Sophie and Penny Ball.