I am also actively involved in running the humanoid robotics lab equipped with the Valkyrie robot and collaborations with NASA JSC, IHMC and MIT. I have also worked on the DARPA Robotics Challenge with the Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics at the University of Hong Kong. I am the lead developer of the EXOTica open source motion planning library and an active contributor to the Open Humanoids open source initiative.
Previously, I have completed a PhD on the topic: Motion synthesis in topology-based representations at the University of Edinburgh. I have completed a MSc in Artificial Intelligence specialising in Intelligent Robotics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where I was trained in machine learning, motion synthesis, computer vision, and computer graphics and visualisation. I have also obtained a BSc degree in AI and Robotics from the University of Bedfordshire.
I Have been previously funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and I was involved with the FP7 EU project Topology Based Motion Synthesis for Dexterous Manipulation (TOMSY).
I am a lab demonstrator for Robotics: Science and Systems, Robot Learning and Sensorimotor Control, and I was previously involved with Intelligent Autonomous Robotics (IAR) and Introduction to Vision and Robotics (IVR).
I was born in Slovakia (technically it was Czechoslovakia at the time) where I spent my early years. I decided to wander off to the Wild West and started studying robotics after doing an internship in Holzer G.m.b.H. where I learned about industrial automation. After finishing my undergraduate studies in Luton, England, I decided to get further postgraduate training in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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