I'm a robotics enthusiast who desires to contribute to the development of challenging products.
While gathering technical knowledge, as a team leader, I took leadership crossing different types of field robotics projects at university. Among the many achievements I made at that time, I am most proud that I led my team to become the world champion at the autonomous robot competition named RoboCup.
After graduating, I deepened my skills in robotics while working in Switzerland and Japan for a multinational company.
Now I'm working on the optimization of the autonomous security robot at its mass production stage.
Opensource contribution can be found @ https://github.com/DaikiMaekawa
Robot Navigation Engineer
I joined the company at a quite early stage thus I was involved in the development of various types of systems and architecture as our business expanded.
What I mainly worked on are:
# Indoor security robots
Development environment: FreeRTOS, OpenEmbedded, Linux, Git, C++11, Python, CMake, ROS, PCL, Qt, JTAG, GDB
# Outdoor drone
Development environment: FreeRTOS, OpenEmbedded, Linux, Git, C++11, Python, CMake, ROS, CGAL, Django, RESTful API, GRPC, PostgreSQL, JTAG, GDB
# Logistics cooperative robots
This project was different from the other projects I served ever. To launch a new project completely from scratch, I worked together with the business team for market research and then led the product development. I developed the navigation system as well as the user interface for the multi-agent system that solves the optimization problem in a combination of human and mobile robots.
Development environment: Linux, Git, C++11, Python, CMake, ROS, Qt, JTAG, GDB
I led the team members and developed the mobile robot that solved the task given by the field robotics competition named Tsukuba Challenge. In the challenge, our robot traveled 1.43 km in an outdoor environment.
Development environment: Linux, C++, Python, Git, CMake, ROS, OpenCV, Bash, GDB
Open Source is available here. https://github.com/open-rdc/orne_navigation
Robotics Event Organizer
I launched the Japanese roboticist organization that holds meetup events regularly and made it around 100 people scale. Moreover, I managed the collaboration with a couple of companies to make sure that we enjoy the content at the events.
I steered the RoboCup team that developed fully autonomous soccer robots in the Humanoid League.
I contributed a lot to the development of navigation, autonomous cooperative decision making as well as various types of base infrastructures like communication, simulation compatible with the real robot, Linux migration, debugging tools, and so on.
Development environment: Linux, C++, Python, Git, CMake, OpenCV, Qt, SWIG, V-REP, ZeroC Ice, GDB
I developed an educational embedded board.
The functionalities are:
I developed 90 cm tall humanoid robots that can autonomously and cooperatively play soccer.
Development environment: Windows, C++, Python, CMake, OpenCV
CITBrains is the Robocup team that developed the fully autonomous humanoid soccer robots.
To put it simply, my four-year journey to become the world champion was not easy.
I decided to become the leader when the team was about to give up. Almost all members have graduated so only two developers remained. At that time, unfortunately, most of the technical knowledge was not documented well which put us in a difficult situation.
Even under such harsh conditions, my urge to become the world champion was not shaken at all. In short, I had to reorganize both the robot system as well as the team nearly from scratch.
I expanded the team size to around 40 within a year by making the team more compatible with the academics and therefore making it easier for the team members to focus on the project as well as their grades.
Furthermore, we developed a new generation of the robot within two years that successfully enhanced its reliability and intelligence.
We achieved this by convincing sponsors and increasing our budget to about 100k USD.
Honors and Awards
Chiba Prefecture Governor Prize
Chiba Prefecture Governor
Contributed significantly to the industry and accomplished excellent research.
Chairman of the Board's Award
The highest Award in Chiba Institute of Technology.
Award for the person who accomplished tremendous achievements for the Chiba Institute of Technology.
Louis Vuitton Best Humanoid Award, Robocup 2014, Joao Pessoa
Award for the team that reached the top at three classes in the humanoid robot league as the highest honor in RoboCup.
Since 2002, Louis Vuitton has sponsored the “Louis Vuitton Humanoid Cup” for RoboCup, an international research and educational initiative for artificial intelligence and robotics with a focus on soccer-playing robots. The Humanoid League was added to the RoboCupSoccer event in 2002. Louis Vuitton has created a championship trophy for this program in order to, by aiming to promote development of robots capable of competing against a human team by the year 2050, encourage technological innovation.
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Competition, Robocup 2014, Joao Pessoa
As the CITBrains, we won the first place in humanoid league kid size class in Robocup 2014, Brazil, the international robot soccer competition
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Technical Challenge, Robocup 2014, Joao Pessoa
As the CITBrains, we won the first place in humanoid league kid size class in Robocup 2014, Brazil, the international robot soccer technical challenge
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Technical Challenge, Robocup 2013, Eindhoven
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Technical Challenge, Robocup 2012, Mexico City
2nd Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Competition, Robocup 2012, Mexico City
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Competition, Robocup Japan Open 2013, Tokyo
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Technical Challenge, Robocup Japan Open 2013, Tokyo
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Competition, Robocup Japan Open 2012, Osaka
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Technical Challenge, Robocup Japan Open 2012, Osaka
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Competition, Robocup Japan Open 2011, Osaka
1st Place in Humanoid League Kid Size Technical Challenge, Robocup Japan Open 2011, Osaka
ROS JAPAN Users Group
ROS Community in Japan
As a representative, I partnered with several companies, and has held meetups with robot technicians on a regular basis.
SQ2 - An Autonomous SECURITY ROBOT
SEQSENSE offers an autonomous security platform that combines an autonomous robot, a cloud-based control interface, and deep-learning-based awareness. Our robot, SQ2, acts as a remote set of eyes and ears to existing security staff and can automatically raise alarms when certain situations are encountered.
Project ORNE (ORNE for Robot Navigation Engineer) provided outdoor navigation system with i-Cart mini on ROS.
Automatic reading system for outdoor meter
ESK and CIT developed the agricultural database named "Hataraku Nikki" and the image processing system of measuring equipment for agriculture usage.
Projects & Organizations