Christopher Tomaszewski


  • 20 2nd Ave, Apt 212
  • Burlington
  • MA
  • 01803
(973) 641-0694

Professional Experience

Consulting Robotics Engineer | Perceptronics Solutions Inc.

Pittsburgh, PA - Spring 2018 to Winter 2019

  • Led the development and implementation of a multi-agent UAV platform to demonstrate the capabilities of custom mission management software developed as part of Army REP 2018.
  • Organized and conducted field testing efforts for the platform throughout development.
  • Supported system deployment at the Marine Corps' manned-unmanned teaming limited operational assessment.

Co-Founder/Director of Innovation | Platypus LLC.

Pittsburgh, PA - Summer 2012 to Present

  • Contributed across all aspects of the company helping it grow from a research group handcrafting individual robots in a university basement into a small business with multiple models of cost-effective autonomous surface vehicles and successful deployments across five continents.
  • Led the manufacturing, engineering, and R&D efforts within the company.
  • Managed and trained groups of laborers, interns, and engineers.

College Student Practicum | Caterpillar Inc.

Pittsburgh, PA - Winter 2011 to Spring 2014

  • Designed and developed the sensor fusion and tracking systems for the Caterpillar Detect object detection product.
  • Built an image dataset management and annotation tool to streamline the creation of training datasets for object detection.
  • Implemented a personnel tracking system based on active RFID ranging technology for use on autonomous tracked vehicles.

Mobile Software Engineering Intern | Noblis

Falls Church, VA - Summer 2009

  • Developed an augmented reality visualization application for Android smartphones to display geolocalized radiation data.
  • Implemented KMZ parsing to display a 3D COLLADA object at a particular GPS location in augmented reality.

Research Assistant | PIAP

Warsaw, Poland - Summer 2007 & 2008

  • Designed and coded navigation algorithms in C++ based on matrix transformations for use with autonomous mobile robots.
  • Implemented obstacle detection and mapping via input from ultrasound distance sensors.

Engineering Intern | Alcatel-Lucent

Whippany, NJ - August 2007 to June 2008

  • Examined an issue with backup battery failure in warm climates and helped develop a cost-effective solution.
  • Helped research alternative production materials and strategies to optimize the production cost of cellular bay stations.

Select Projects

Constraint-Based Coverage Path Planning

  • Developed a novel architecture for coverage path planning based on the concept of path constraints, an extensible building block for path plans.
  • Designed several optimizations within this architecture in order to improve energy-efficiency of coverage plans for regions with moving fluids.
  • Built a ASV test platform and conducted field experiments to demonstrate real world efficacy of the energy-efficient coverage planner even in the absence of complete knowledge of surface currents.

Multi-Agent Decentralized Planning for Adversarial Robotic Teams

  • Designed, built, and programmed 20 autonomous surface vehicles as a test platform for the GAMS and MADARA middlewares for distributed AI.
  • Implemented several distributed algorithms for surface-to-air signaling using vehicle formations and asset defense against a line-of-sight attacker.
  • Deployed the platform at the NATO CMRE REP17 Exercises in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Troia, Portugal.


[Programming Languages]

  • Python
  • C++
  • C
  • Java

[Software Development]

  • NumPy
  • SciPy
  • Boost
  • OpenCV
  • Android SDK
  • Eclipse
  • Git/Subversion

[Engineering Software]

  • Solidworks
  • OnShape
  • Matlab/Simulink

[Foreign Languages]

Native Speaker of Polish
Intermediate Spanish
Intermediate French


Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. (ABD) in Robotics
Expected Defense Date: August 2020

Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. in Robotics
Graduation Date: December 2013

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Computer Science
Dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Date: May 2012


Judge of Elections
Allegheny County, PA
Municipality of Etna, Ward 1
November 2017 - Present

RoboTsar (President)
RoboOrg - CMU Robotics Institute Graduate Student Organization
Spring 2015 - Spring 2016

Select Publications

Augmenting LSPIV Surface Current Measurement with Drifting ASVs

Christopher Tomaszewski, Paul Scerri, and John Dolan

Planning Efficient Paths through Dynamic Flow Fields in Real World Domains

Christopher Tomaszewski and Paul Scerri
OCEANS 2013 MTS/IEEE San Diego

Visual Obstacle Avoidance for Autonomous Watercraft using Smartphones

Tarek El-Gaaly, Christopher Tomaszewski, et al.
AAMAS 2013, Autonomous Robots and Multirobot Systems Workshop

An Intelligent Approach to Hysteresis Compensation while Sampling using a Fleet of Autonomous Watercraft

Abhinav Valada, Christopher Tomaszewski, et al.
ICIRA 2012

Development of a Low Cost Multi-Robot Autonomous Marine Surface Platform

Abhinav Valada, Prasanna Velagapudi, Balajee Kannan, Christopher Tomaszewski, et al.
FSR 2012