The first and most important question is, why RoboNuke? Well that is pretty obvious if you know me but unfortunately for you, that is not the case. I call the website RoboNuke because I love robotics, I mean LOVE robotics. From the content hopefully that becomes obvious. The less obvious part is the the Nuke. I call it nuke because I am slotted to become a nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy. A nickname for the nuclear division of the Navy is the nukes. Therefore, I am the RoboNuke.
Who are you?
My name is Hunter Brown. I am currently a student at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am in a combined BS/MS program. This means I am working on my master’s degree while finishing my bachelors degree. I do research into robotics, specifically interactive scene segmentation. I am also what is called a NUPOC, or NUclear Propulsion Officer Candidate. This means that the U.S. Navy pays me to go to school and do my research and in exchange when I graduate I will work for them for at least 5 years. I don’t know if it will just be 5 years, but if it turns out to be only 5 then I will go back to school and get a PhD in robotics.
Why make a blog?
My research involves a lot of computer vision, and higher level decision making, so I don’t do a lot of low level modeling and control of robotic arms. This sucks because it is a super interesting field of robotics. I decided a while ago to start the designing and building of a robotic arm, and after it’s construction, design and implement different controllers for it. I read studywolf’s blog a lot and thought that was super cool, why not do it myself? Except that wasn’t the full story, I started writing this because it was taking 3 hours to download rasbian jessie so I had time. It is also a little bit of therapy for me. I find that I love to teach and share what I do with people, but people don’t always love my rambling, ie this page :), but this gives me a place to teach hopefully the world about robotics, control and whatever else this becomes.