Profile

Cover photo
Ross Taylor
Works at Quanergy
Attended Louisiana Tech University
Lives in Houston, TX
954 followers|1,066,724 views
AboutPostsCollections

Stream

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
Can't wait to see SpaceX land (or fail to land) 3 boosters.

Either would be amazingly satisfying.

from http://gizmodo.com/spacex-will-attempt-to-land-three-rockets-at-once-1783908606
1
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
Algorithm competition once all vehicles are autonomous

This is an interesting discussion of what happens when the global optimum of travel is reached. Basically, the idea is that we tend to optimize for ourselves by getting newer and better technology. The author (and I) uses the Waze app to get an advantage on other drivers who don't. But when we are all in autonomous cars, companies that want to give an advantage to their customers will have to revert to tactics that harm others for the sake of the one.

Obviously, this will likely not be a significant problem for a long time and the global gains are worth any inequality for now. However, it will be interesting to see if this is an inequality that people are willing to accept (like airport fast lanes).
The wired metropolis creates clear winners and losers. The challenge ahead: Making the Smart City also an Equitable one.
1
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
Boston Dynamics for sale

This is really too bad because the company was doing find on its own then Google bought it, took away all of the military contracts and is now abandoning it. I can't imagine who would buy it at this point because making a commercial case will be difficult and reestablishing the military relationship may be as well. 
The video, published to YouTube on Feb. 23, was awe-inspiring and scary. A two-legged humanoid robot trudges through the snow, somehow maintaining its balance. Another robot with two arms and pads for hands crouches down and lifts a brown box and delicately places it on a shelf -- then somehow stays upright while a human tries to push it over with a hockey stick. A third robot topples over and clambers back to its feet with ease.
1
Michael Interbartolo's profile photoRoss Taylor's profile photo
2 comments
 
We'll see. I could see Toyota because they do a lot of forward looking robotics research but I'd be very surprised by Amazon.
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
GM buying Cruise Automation

GM is buying a head start on autonomous cars in the form of cruise. This is an interesting purchase clearly aimed at acquiring the team rather than the product. They seem to be planning to combine this acquisition with their investment in Lyft to compete directly with Uber and their attempts to replace drivers with self-driving cars (http://jalopnik.com/gm-and-lyfts-first-self-driving-cars-will-have-human-ch-1765117267). 
1
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
First self-driving car accident in which Google is claiming some responsibility

This is a big deal. It was bound to happen. Assumptions are made all the time about how other drivers will behave on the road and those assumptions are bound to be wrong sometimes. In this case, the autonomous car and the bus driver did not make the same assumptions and a fender-bender occurred.

There is actually an argument that this is good rather than bad. These cars are not going to be perfect and it is actually a good thing for people to start getting use to the idea that there will be accidents. As long as the accidents are minor, it could lead to greater acceptance.
Well, it finally happened. One of Google’s autonomous vehicles might have caused a minor fender-bender. (Luckily, it appears nobody was hurt.) And guess what—it’s probably going to happen again. And that’s fine.
1
3
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
And here's something just pleasing: +Chris Hadfield talking about various bits of daily life in space, from sleeping and going to the bathroom to the games one plays. There are still wonderful things in this world. (And out of it)

Via +Paul Hosking.
Chris Hadfield recently talked to Cracked about a few of the things he learned during two space shuttle missions and five months aboard the International Space Station.
20 comments on original post
2
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
SpotMini

They've made it smaller and lighter but no less creepy. The outtake at the end is also pretty funny.
2
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
New zero-g exercise machine

This device is a spin-off of the motor technology created for Robonaut.

A good friend is also spinning this off for commercial use: http://astrofittrainer.com/
1
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
Baidu pushing infrastructure and behavior changes for vehicles

Baidu has published their vision for getting autonomous cars on the road soon. I'm a believer in the idea that full autonomy will be unlikely without infrastructure changes and that select routes will likely be where we see autonomous cars first. I don't agree with everything in this article but it is interesting nonetheless.
We should make modest changes to our infrastructure, emphasize predictable behavior, and teach the public new ways to interact with autonomous vehicles.
1
1
Add a comment...

Ross Taylor

Shared publicly  - 
 
Boston Dynamics humanoid progress

Boston Dynamics continues to make some impressive progress. The upper body is still pretty bulky but they've really trimmed things down overall. 
20
72
Antonio Pretto Melen!ez's profile photoJaveon Reeves's profile photoJohn B's profile photoRoss Taylor's profile photo
7 comments
 
+John B Stability. Although Boston Dynamics' robots have much less dependence on static stability than most humanoids, they still lean towards a fairly stable gait.
Add a comment...
Ross's Collections
Collections Ross is following
Work
Occupation
Lidar, Computer Vision, and Robotics
Skills
Senior engineer with extensive experience solving complex problems in robotic control and 3D computer vision. Proficient in C++ development including object oriented programming, template programming, and code optimization. Thrive in a team environment and in customer facing roles.
Employment
  • Quanergy
    Principal Engineer, 2014 - present
    Working with Quanergy's Lidar sensors to develop smart sensing solutions for real-time 3D mapping and object detection, tracking, and classification. These technologies enable next generation driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles.
  • Aerodyne Industries
    Robotics Engineer, 2012 - 2014
    - Developed algorithms for planning, control, testing, and operation of NASA’s second generation Robonaut humanoid robot. - Focused on the mid-level control framework including kinematics, dynamics, and trajectory planning as well as the high-level application development. - Developed with C++, Python, ROS, and OROCOS. - Developed a collection of tools to convert natural language project requirements into formal logic and verify the controller design. - Developed a model definition schema, data structure, and parser that allows easy access to important model parameters by the various parts of the software.
  • Neptec USA
    R&D Engineer, 2004 - 2012
    Managed small teams conducting 3D machine vision research, algorithm development, and software development for space, defense, and commercial applications. Projects included 3D vision system processing for navigation and surface inspection for a lunar prospecting rover. Developed algorithms and software for 3D machine vision data processing for space, defense, and commercial applications. Projects included ground and aerial LIDAR processing for object recognition and aerial LIDAR processing for removal of all non-ground points.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Houston, TX
Previously
Austin, TX - Ruston, LA - Shreveport, LA - Oak Ridge, TN
Story
Tagline
Roboticist and Computer Vision Engineer
Introduction
I'm a robotics engineer and a computer vision expert, an early adopter, and a technophile. These are the things I will post about most but I'll occasionally throw in some space stuff and other randomness.

I have two mechanical engineering degrees but I spend 95% of my time developing algorithms and software focusing on computer vision and robotics. I am also very interested in artificial intelligence but I'm still waiting for an opportunity to really delve into that field.
Bragging rights
I taught Robonaut how to move and took 3D pictures of the Space Shuttle in orbit.
Education
  • Louisiana Tech University
    BS Mechanical Engineering, 1997 - 2001
  • University of Texas at Austin
    MS Mechanical Engineering, 2001 - 2004
Basic Information
Gender
Male