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Name: Chris Jang
Member since: 2007-03-30 03:46:04
Last Login: 2009-12-14 17:51:53

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I studied math in school. I initially pursued it because I had questions about artificial intelligence. Then I found out that mathematics as a discipline had almost nothing to do with this. I dropped out of the PhD program. My entire working life has been in the software industry. Like many folks, I started in enterprise software when OOA/D methodology was in fashion. But over time, I have made choices leading towards embedded development. I always preferred UNIX/C++ over Windows, Java, middleware and application frameworks, etc. I picked up an old electronics text written by two MIT professors and worked through most problems in the book. This took around six months of evenings after work. At that point, electronics made some sense. But really I didn't understand very much. Then I spent a year building my first robot. It was far too complicated. Eventually, the hardware came together. But I vastly underestimated the level of effort required for software. So I put the robot on hiatus and started studying control theory and computer vision. I didn't learn much about control. But I did learn enough about the current state of the art in computer vision to start writing an embeddable library to do this. My second robot was built with a RC car. The hardware came together in about a month. I had learned that design and fabrication of a mechatronic system was best avoided by using COTS vehicle platforms. I am a member of the Dallas Personal Robotics Group. I view my contribution to robotics as most plausible in an area where software intersects mathematics in a deeply embedded system. So my main interest for the next few years is computer vision for robots.


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