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Mario Enrique Munich's Resume

Office:Evolution Robotics
1055 E. Colorado Bl. Suite 410
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone:+1 626 993-3300
Fax:+1 626 993 3301
email:mariomu AT ieee DOT org
www:http://www.marioemunich.org

Education

Employment

  • Vice-President of Research and Development, Jan. 2009 - present, Evolution Robotics, 1055 E. Colorado Bl. suite 410, Pasadena, CA 91106.
  • Vice-President of Engineering, Jan. 2006 - Dec. 2008, Evolution Robotics, 130 W. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103.
    • Responsibilities:
      • Oversee the engineering development efforts of Evolution Robotics.
      • Provide technical leadership to the engineering team, guide the overall product planning and tracking, design, implementation, test, and release.
      • Establish and monitor critical processes related to software and hardware development, product testing, quality assurance, and project management.
      • Define quality standards for the team and implement quality tracking processes. Lead the company's efforts to consistently improve the quality and predictability of the product development efforts.
      • Identify internal technology and resource gaps; define and implement solutions.
      • Make technology recommendations: Software choices, tool sets, platforms, etc.
      • Responsible for allocation of engineers, technical direction (training, coordination, monitoring, and coaching), and hiring.
    • Projects:
      • Design and development of embedded solutions for vision, navigation, and behavior integration and coordination for robotics toys.
      • Project manager of the collaboration effort between WowWee Robotics and Evolution Robotics. This project entitled the delivery of embedded solutions for vision, navigation, and integration for robotics products.
      • Program Manager of the Evolution Robotics Software Platform (ERSP).
  • Principal Scientist, Jan. 2006 - present, Evolution Robotics, 130 W. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103.
    • Principal Investigator (PI) for the project "Automated Visual Pattern Recognition For Marine Domain Awareness", awarded to Evolution Robotics by the Organization for the Naval Research (ONR). The grant focus on the development of improvements for Evolution Robotics' ViPR and vSLAM to be used in very harsh outdoor environmental conditions. It also focuses on developing 6-DOF vSLAM to enable its usage in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
    • Principal Scientist leading the effort at Evolution Robotics for the project "Nano SCOUT (Sensor Covert Observer in Urban Terrain) Flapping Wing Aircraft Study". The project was awarded by DARPA to AeroVironment, Evolution Robotics is a subcontractor of AeroVironment. The involvement focuses on developing vision-based simultaneous localization and mapping capabilities for the Nano SCOUT.
    • Principal Scientist leading the effort at Evolution Robotics for the project "LADAR EO GPS/INS Atomic clock Navigation Demonstration (LEGAND)". The project was awarded to Northrop Gruman Co. byt the Air Force Research Labs, Evolution Robotics is a subcontractor of NGC. The project focus on image-based navigation algorithms for high-accuracy computation of position, navigation, and time of UAVs in GPS denied areas.
  • Vice-President Software, June 2004 - Jan. 2006, Evolution Robotics, 130 W. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103.
    • Responsibilities:
      • Oversee the software development efforts of Evolution Robotics.
      • Provide technical leadership to the software team, guide the overall product planning and tracking, design, implementation, test, and release.
      • Establish and monitor critical processes related to software development, product testing, quality assurance, and project management.
      • Define quality standards for the team and implement quality tracking processes. Lead the company's efforts to consistently improve the quality and predictability of the product development efforts.
      • Identify internal technology and resource gaps; define and implement solutions.
      • Make technology recommendations: Software choices, tool sets, platforms, etc.
      • Responsible for allocation of engineers, technical direction (training, coordination, monitoring, and coaching), and hiring.
    • Projects:
      • Program mananger for the Evolution Robotics Software Platform (ERSP). Responsible for the design, planning, implementation, test, and quality assurance.
      • Project manager of Evolution Robotics' Visual Pattern Recognition (ViPR) software for celular phone applications. Responsible for a release that involved retrofitting ViPR to perform in a client/server architecture.
      • Project manager of a new release of Evolution Robotics' Visual Pattern Recognition (ViPR) software for the Sony Aibo. The release involved optimizing ViPR to achieve a 2x improvement in computation time without decreasing the recognition performance.
      • Oversee the release of the software for the NorthStar localization system.
  • Senior Research Scientist, Oct. 2001 - Jan.2006, Evolution Robotics, 130 W. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103.
    • Technical lead of the Human-Robot Interaction group at Evolution Robotics.
    • Project manager for the integration of Evolution Robotics' Visual Pattern Recognition (ViPR) software into well-known robotic products such as the Sony Aibo. Responsibilities included leading the team of software developers, customer interaction, product delivery, and quality assurance.
    • Release manager for Evolution Robotics Software Platform (ERSP).
    • Researched, designed, developed speech recognition systems for personal robots.
    • Evaluated off-the-shelf speech recognition and text-to-speech engines.
    • Developed human-robot interaction, dialogs, and applications using third party speech recognition and synthesis software.
    • Researched and developed human-robotics interaction using a variety of input/output modalities, i.e., speech/audio, vision/image rendering.
    • Researched and developed models that simulate human emotions and personalities.
    • Researched and developed animated facial displays for the robot using computer graphics rendering techniques.
    • Research and developed Visual Pattern Recognition algorithms.
    • Participate in optimizing Evolution Robotics' Visual Pattern Recognition (ViPR) software to work in embedded platforms, in particular in the Sony AIBO robot and cellular phones.
    • Participate in the research and development of Evolution Robotics' Visual Simultaneos and Mapping (vSLAM) algorithms.
    • Implement above systems using C/C++ in both Windows and Linux environment.
    • Design and implement low-level audio driver for Linux.
  • Research Scientist, Feb. 2000-Oct. 2001, Vocalpoint Technologies, 847 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103.
    • Researched and developed noise-robust speech recognizers.
    • Researched and developed speech recognition algorithms for telephony applications using pattern recognition and machine learning techniques.
    • Developed a system for spoken character recognition that achieved less than 7% error rate for telephony speech.
    • Implemented speech recognition algorithms using C/C++ and Matlab on a windows NT and Unix/Linux environment.
    • Implemented a character recognition system that work in real-time on a windows environment.
    • Worked in grants awarded to Vocalpoint by the Air Force and the Army for the development of noise-robust speech recognition.

Research Interests

  • Computer vision
  • Robotics
  • Embedded Systems
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Machine learning and pattern recognition
  • Image and Signal processing
  • Speech recognition
  • Handwriting recognition

Research Experience

  • Human-machine interfaces: Developed a novel computer interface for handwriting based on video technology and computer vision techniques. The system consists of a camera, a piece of paper and a common pen. The camera, focused on the sheet of paper, images the hand writing thereby tracking the trajectory described by the pen and detecting when the user is writing on the paper. The system was demonstrated working at real-time, 60 Hertz, on a Pentium II platform equipped with off-the-shelf camera and frame grabber. US patent 6,044,165, US patent 6,633,671.
  • Biometrics & Pattern Recognition:
    • Developed a biometric-type personal identification method based on signatures. The camera-based interface for handwriting was used to capture the signatures. The verification algorithm takes advantage of all the information provided by the camera-based interface, namely, the dynamics of the signature generation and the non-written strokes. The system was tested on a database of visually acquired signatures from 101 subjects, achieving a performance of 2% of error for intentional forgeries and 0.2% of error for random forgeries.
    • Developed an iris recognition system using a novel approach based on state-of-the-art techniques for object recognition. The iris recognition system achieves perfect recognition rates on the CASIA database.
    • Worked on fingerprint recognition systems when assisting and guiding students taking the ``Sensory Information Processing Laboratory'' class at Caltech.
  • Algorithms: Derived a curve matching algorithm that works at inter-sample resolution using a translation-invariant distance.
  • Speech Recognition: Developed a novel approach for isolated character recognition based on explicit modeling of shared acoustic features. The system has an error rate of 7% for telephony speech. Developed an acoustic signature recognition system for vehicle recognition. The system has a 8% recognition performance on a small dataset provided by the Army research laboratories.
  • Human-Robot Interaction: Designed and developed a customizable human-robot interaction system for the Evolution Robotics Software Platform. The HRI system provides an audio-visual interaction. The system integrates two off-the-shelf engines, one for automatic speech recognition and one for text-to-speech. The system is capable of detecting people based on sking color, understand human gestures, and interpret visual commands issued with a cards. The inner state of the system is shown with an animated face. The HRI system also contains a model of emotions that drive the animated face based on the sensed information and on the state of the system.
  • Robotics: Participated on the design and development of the Evolution Robotics Software Platform (ERSP), which provides a commercial-grade software architecture for mobile robots. The architecture has been designed to be modular, scalable, lightweight, portable, and reusable. It follows a hybrid model of data flow, combining behavior-based processing modules for real-time reactions with event-based task planning routines.
  • Mobile Robotics Navigation: Participated in the design and development of the Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (vSLAM) system that provides reliable localization and mapping using one camera sensor in conjunction with dead-reckoning information, e.g., odometry. vSLAM provides a cost-effective solution to localization and mapping for cluttered environments and is reliable to dynamic changes in the environment.

Skills

  • Programming languages: C/C++, Matlab, perl, python.
  • Operating systems: Unix, Linux, Windows.
  • Design and implementation of real-time computer vision and image processing algorithms.
  • Design and implementation of machine learning algorithms.
  • Design and implementation of robotics algorithms.
  • Languages: Spanish, English, Italian, French.

Other Activities

  • Reviewer for conferences in the fields of Computer Vision (CVPR, ICCV) and Robotics (ICRA, IROS).
  • Review for the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (IEEE TPAMI) and for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (IEEE TRO).
  • Reviewer for the International Journal of Document Analysis Recognition (IJDAR), for the International Journal of Speech Technology (IJST), for the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, and for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.
  • Reviewer for the Electronics and Telecomunication Research Institute Journal (ETRI), Korea.
  • Caltech Neuromorphic Engineering Student Society (NESS) coordinator, September 1997 - October 1998.
  • Member of the academic Consulting Committee. "General San Martin" Polytechnic Institute of Rosario, Argentina, 1990 – 1993.

Honors

  • IEEE/IFR Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation, 1st runner-up for Outstanding Achievements in Commercializing Innovative Robotics and Automation Technologies. Proposal: ``Break-Through Visual Pattern Recognition for Robotics and Automation'', M.E.Munich, P.Pirjanian, E.Di Bernardo, L.Goncalves, N.Karlsson, and D.Lowe.
  • J. Walker von Brimer award for extraordinary accomplishments in the field of Computer Vision, January 2000.
  • Medal for ranking 1st in my class at the School of Engineering of the National University of Rosario, Argentina, 1991.
  • Junior Chamber of Rosario. Awarded for "Leadership and Academic Accomplishments" in the "Outstanding Santa Fe Juniors Program", 1991.
  • Iberoamerican Cooperation Institute, Spain. Scholarship awarded to study at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. Course: "Design of Electronic Systems", 1992.

References

  • References available upon request.

Author: Mario E. Munich <mariomu AT ieee DOT org>

Date: 2010-03-23 00:42:27 PDT

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