Current Researchers

Sina Radmard, PhD

Sina has managed the research aspect of the project while working directly with the rest of the researchers. He has successfully applied for numerous governmental and non-governmental grants that continue to allow us to build a talented research team over the years. On the technical side, he has worked on all aspects of the project ranging from autonomous navigation to visual recognition to voice/visual interaction to hardware/software integration and conducting user studies.

Silas Franco dos Reis Alves, Phd

Silas has been collaborating with researchers in Academia and Industry for 10+ years to mobilize knowledge and create novel robots to aid people. He joined the Aether project to work on person identification through voice, so that Aether could recognize clients and provide personalized services. He is now collaborating with the interaction team to improve Aether’s person detection and recognition.

Past Researchers

Wesley Chan, PhD

Wesley worked on Aether’s person following skills, integrating a multi-modal person tracker with Aether’s face recognition and dialog modules, enabling Aether to follow facility staffs or residents around, and play tag with people. He also worked on Aether’s hazard region labeling module, enabling users to inform Aether of hazardous regions, and Aether to travel safely through these regions. In addition, Wesley worked on Aether’s power consumption bench-marking and battery solution.
Current position: A research fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University.

Camilo Perez Quintero, PhD

During his time with the project Camilo focused on: 1) Providing Aether with the capacity to detect, localize, and avoid small objects in its surrounding. He developed and integrated into the robot software pipeline a computer vision algorithm to deal with small objects laying on the ground, e.g., shoes, purse, glasses, keys, etc. 2) Providing Aether with the capacity of controlling its speed based on house zones. For instance, every time the robot goes through a door it has to reduce the velocity to avoid tipping due to the door sill plate. 3) Restructuring Aether software packages to overcome problems with sensor delays and to provide an easier deployment of software on multiple platforms.
Current position: CTO and Co-founder of YPC Technologies.

Bulmaro Valdés, PhD

Bulmaro is a biomedical engineer whose research focus is to use technology to improve the quality of life, recovery process, and care of people with disabilities and seniors. The multidisciplinary nature of his work allows him to collaborate with therapists, neuroscientists, kinesiologists, caregivers and engineers.
He collaborated with the industry partner (JDQ Systems Inc.) on the development of a testing plan, ethics application and a communication platform (Google Home, Google) for Aether.
Current position: As a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University, Canada, his projects involve the use of robotic devices and immersive virtual reality for rehabilitation, and galvanic vestibular stimulation for improving motor performance.

Lucas Porto, BASc

Lucas developed the face recognition and voice interaction systems that allowed Aether to interact with and approach clients. His work focused on training and deploying machine learning algorithms and creating pipelines for simultaneous processing of visual and dialog data.
Current position: Master’s student at the University of British Columbia, working on applied machine learning in medical imaging.