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    WHO THE FAQ AM I?

    Blue Robots

    So for those who wonder who I am, and what makes me so robot like, here is a quick blurb about me . . .

    My Qualifications:
    I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, concentrating my electives and research towards electrical engineering, robotics, programming, and artificial intelligence related studies.

    I am an alumni member of the CMU Robotics Club and the CMU NanoRobotics Laboratory, a member of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, and previously active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

    Since graduation, I've built and studied robot fish pectoral propulsion at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. I am responsible for designing, building, and testing all electrical and software components, and the majority of mechanical components. It is a basic science project, developing technologies needed for further development of robotic fish.

    Occasionally, I spend half-year vacations living in Bangkok, Thailand, pursuing my other hobby, the Thai language. But in my free time I'm always working on robots and this site. =)

    Why did I make this site?
    I first started making robots in 2002, with a small grant of money given to me by a professor at CMU. I had no idea what I was doing, and few people to turn to for help. I always wanted to build a robot, but never knew exactly where to start - that was my chance. I remember intently searching the web for an active robot help forum, but none were to be found. I also remember searching for robot tutorials, and found maybe 2-3 webpages each with only a few tutorials. They were helpful, but not nearly as helpful as I needed. I had to figure things out on my own, with some help coming from members of the CMU Robotics Club when I got stuck. I was fortunate enough to have this help, and funding, but most people are not.

    I learned quite a bit, and I was building fairly advanced robots within just one or two years of starting. I would argue that if beginners actually had a tutorial and help forum that they could learn much faster than me. What's the point of reinventing the wheel, anyway? We should all share what we know - that's why society advances in technology.

    So in the summer of 2005 I got bored for two weeks and decided to make my own robotics site, complete with dozens of useful tutorials and a robot help forum. It was originally just going to be a small hobbyist website, like the millions out there already. But now its become something much bigger, with 100's of thousands of readers each month. And growing. It's now become more of a passion for me, as I aim it to remain the worlds largest and most useful free robot resource out there. An international robotics club, you may say.

    Do I have a life outside of robotics?
    Probably not. However I do a lot of outdoors stuff, camping and sailing, etc. I've traveled Europe and Asia extensively. I taught myself to speak and read fluent Thai.

    My Robotics Publications
    I don't just do robot hardware, but I also do useful science advancing both robotic technology as well as increasing our understanding of interesting organisms in nature.

    --- See here for a full list of my robotics publications. ---



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