Christopher Tomaszewski

Roboticist

  • 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.

Skills

[Programming Languages]

  • Python
  • C++
  • C
  • Java

[Software Development]

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

[Engineering Software]

  • Solidworks
  • OnShape
  • Matlab/Simulink
  • ANSYS

[Foreign Languages]

Native Speaker of Polish
Intermediate Spanish
Intermediate French

Education

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

Leadership/Service

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
OCEANS 2018 MTS/IEEE Kobe

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