Robotics at Intel Research

 
 

Robotics at Intel Research

Following my undergraduate education I worked for a division of Intel Research in Seattle Washington. During this time I worked with experts in robotics, machine learning, and other disciplines. I was responsible for a number of projects during this time related to robotics, and left the group to do a Masters at MIT.

During this time I worked on programming a robotic arm named the “WAM Arm”. Pictures of the arm are above, including one with Arnold Schwarzenegger at some technology show. I programmed the lower level software used to control the arm, a task that included late nights working on code that runs on a linux based RTOS (Real Time Operating System).

Also at Intel, I was given the chance to build a robot grasper technology using 3D printing and something called “remote actuation.” Through a series of cables and sensors, I was able to build a system capable of position control and torque control. By sensing the state of the grasper, the robot hand was able to detect how much force it was applying.

Looking back, this was a fantastic opportunity and I am grateful to my advisors and mentors at Intel. For the robot hand project I designed the mechanics in Solidworks, circuit boards in Eagle PCB, and coded the low level firmware with C and GCC. Control software was written in python on linux using PyQt.