王柏人 Po-Jen Wang

M.S. in Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz

Expected Graduation: Spring/Fall, 2019

B.S. Electrical Engineering, California State University, Northridge, 2011

Email: pwang37@ucsc.edu

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About Me

Hi, my name is Po-Jen Wang and I'm currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Computer Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. I specialize in software development for LIDAR based autonomous mobile robot. Before coming to UCSC, I researched with Dr. C.T. Lin's at his Intelligent Ground Vehicle Lab at CSU Northridge where we built smart wheelchair and autonomous mobile robots that competed in the annual AUVSI IGVC competition. Besides academic research, I have worked at startups in SoCal and in Dalian, China where we developed autonomous golf course service robot and warehouse Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). At UCSC, my research focus is on utilizing AI techniques to achieve point cloud, vision based object recgonition, pose estimation and SLAM for robotics perception. My goal is to work in the robotics or self-driving car industry after graduation.

Technical Skills
LabVIEW, C/C++, MATLAB
LIDAR, Computer Vision, GPS, Depth Camera, Robot Kinematics, Arduinos, Sensors, Motors, Controllers, Encoder, Digital Compass, Radio system, Battery, Graphic Design

Research Experience
Intelligent Ground Vehicle Project – Red RAVEN 1/2010 – 1/2013
California State University, Northridge – Northridge, CA USA
Developed intelligent self-driving systems on multiple autonomous mobile robots and competed with ~50 teams each year at AUVSI’s international Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC)
- 2010 5th place, 2011 and 2012 repeat 1st place Grand Award at IGVC
- Provided demo at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2012 exhibition
- Recipient of Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award 2013 given by the San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council
- Developed perception software that utilizes LIDAR and computer vision to locate and classify construction barrels, lanes, flags, and creates a real-time 3D rendered obstacle map. Rewrote the cognitive control software for obstacle avoidance, predictive motion planning

CSUN's Red RAVEN Robot on the Science Channel

Design Report: 2011, 2012


Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Wheelchair Project 9/2011 – 4/2014
California State University, Northridge – Northridge, CA USA
Developed an intelligent wheelchair that analyzes the user’s facial gestures and brain signals from an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset to generate motion commands. It utilizes GPS, LIDAR, and computer vision to autonomously navigate around the campus
- Developed computer vision software that identifies areas of pavement, grass, dirt, and shadow under outdoor light conditions
- Coded the intelligent self-driving system that controls the wheelchair to travel to a set of GPS waypoints on campus

Work Experience
Principal Engineer 1/2015 – 6/2017
Megaro Robotics Technology Co. Limited, 大连美加洛兄弟自动化科技有限公司 ( 美加洛机器人 ) – Dalian, China
Developed warehouse Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and built customized robots to the customers’ specifications
- Modified the Linde R20S reach truck forklift into a LIDAR-based AGV capable of locating and transporting warehouse pallets between shelves in a confined space
- Built, programmed, and deployed three assistant robots (小云机器人) at Dalian Train Station that interact and help travelers navigate the train station

Robotics Engineer 9/2012 – 2/2014
Eagle Construction Solutions, Inc. – Menifee, CA USA
Designed, built, and test prototype of a fully autonomous mobile service robot from scratch that surveys different locations within golf courses. The robot replaces human labor and operates continuously for several days without intervention

Conference Presentations and Proceedings
C.T. Lin, C. Euler, P. Wang, A. Mekhtarian, J. Horvath; “Improved and Extended Mobility and Machine Learning for an Intelligent Wheelchair,” 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, San Diego, California, Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, 2012. (Conference Presentation and Proceeding)

C.T. Lin, A. Mekhtarian C. Euler, P. Wang, G. Leonard, A.Gil, “Indoor and Outdoor Mobility for an Intelligent Autonomous Wheelchair,” 13th international conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP), Linz, Austria, July 9-13, 2012 (Conference Proceeding)

A. Anikstein, P. Wang, A. Hartman, H. Markarian,”Intelligent Ground Vehicle: Red Raven,” Beyond the Booth Sessions, AUVSI Unmanned System North America 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 6-9, 2012. (Conference Presentation)

C.T. Lin, A.Gil, G. Leonard, P. Wang, A. Mekhtarian, G. Haggary, “Motion Control for an Intelligent Autonomous Wheelchair,” Featured Session: CSUN Computer Science and Engineering Project, 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, San Diego, California, Feb. 27, 2013. (Conference Presentation)

Extracurricular Activity

I actively participate in the events held by the South Bay Taiwanese Hiking Club. Popular events include hiking, gathering dinner, and festival celebration.