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PhD Defense: Redundant Design and Adaptive Control of an Interleaved Continuum Rigid Manipulator

This past Monday I completed my PhD in Mechanical Engineering, bringing to a close my years as a student and my time at UW-Madison.  While I expect to break out parts of my research and dissertation in greater detail in the coming weeks, for now I want to post my dissertation and a recording of […]

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A Longer View On Academic Publishing Platforms And Innovation

TLDR: Patentese values superficial bets on the future of technology and society, to the detriment of technology and society. I’ve been watching the relationship between researchers, publishing platforms, and IP evolve with some interest. To choose some examples: Elesiver buying Mendeley Patent Trolls (for instance) IBM Watson’s attempts at culinary creation Paul Allen launching AI2 […]

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PhD Preliminary Examination

I gave my prelim presentation this past January, recapping my work with Prof. Zinn on Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulation. The presentation went well and I enjoyed the audience’s and committee’s questions, most of which centered on things that would be very fun to look at given infinite time. As I hope to graduate soon, I’ll only […]

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IEEE ICRA 2015: Closed Loop Task-Space Control of an Interleaved Manipulator

I recapped my presentation at the 2015 IEEE ICRA conference over at the Robotics and Intelligent Systems website… ICRA 2015 – Closed Loop Task Space Control of an Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulator

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IEEE IROS 2014: Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulation Development and Evaluation

See my post at the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab for a recap of my presentation at IEEE IROS 2014.   IROS 2014 – Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulation

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Electron Beam FreeForm Fabrication — IN SPACE

In the last post I described the basics Electron Beam FreeForm Fabrication (EBF3), here’s why I’m excited about it: Let’s walk through this process: Metallic Refuse Life and research aboard the ISS requires a lot of supplies and results in good amounts of waste.  This is the most expensive garbage in the world, and, due […]

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Electron Beam FreeForm Fabrication (EBF3)

There are many cool things happening in 3D printing these days, but the technique I’m most excited about, electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3), has received very little coverage.  So in this and following posts, I want to describe the basics of this technique and some of the cases where I think it is the ideal […]

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TRACLabs

After graduating in December 2010 I had 6 months to spend before starting grad school, so I went on an extended internship with TRACLabs in Houston, TX.  TRACLabs is a small company that does automation and robotics research and development work for NASA and the Defense Department. My work centered on developing and using TRACBot, […]

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Laser Building in Germany

Intro   As I’ve said elsewhere, I’m heading to Germany to complete a sensor system I’ve been working on for the past year with Prof. Scott Sanders, supported by LaVision, GmbH. I’ve covered the project-specific details and have a couple documents here. I fly out of Chicago this Saturday (5/30) and will arrive in Frankfurt […]

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ZeroG Team

I enjoyed developing three experiments with the ZeroG Team during my undergrad at UW-Madison.  Participating in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program, I joined students from across the nation in designing experiments to be performed in a microgravity environment. Over three years, we submitted three research proposals, and NASA selected two of these experiments […]

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