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Robotics camp Rijeka 2016



Robotics camp was a five-day mentoring camp organized from the 22nd to 26th June 2016 during which the participants (kids from 15 to 17 years) learned from one American and three Croatian robotics experts how to design, build and operate robots. Program also included a Croatian startup specialist who promoted entrepreneurship in the fields of robotics, programming and information technology. The aim of the camp was to expand the participants’ knowledge about robotics, promote innovation, encourage technology startups, and use science to encourage tolerance.

The mentors

Chuck Bergh – robotics specialist

Chuck Bergh is a Senior Engineer in the Robotic Actuation and Sensing Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech concentrating on mechatronics. His background includes electrical and mechanical design, motor control, and design of real-time systems. His work focuses on the end-to-end design, integration, and successful delivery of embedded avionic systems and mobile autonomous systems – all big words to say that Chuck gets to build some of NASA’s coolest robots. Chuck’s recent work includes RoboSimian (DARPA Robotics Challenge), Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT) with Masten Space Systems, Landing Vision System (LVS) on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, and Actuator Electrical Ground Support Equipment (AEGSE) for NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover. Additionally, Chuck has participated in FIRST since 2001 as a team mentor, robot inspector, and now as a referee for several FRC regional competitions.

Maja Mačinko Kovač – robotics specialist

Maja Mačinko Kovač is 33 year old professor of Physics and Polytechnics, she finished her studies in Rijeka. At the same time, she is a PhD student of the Information Sciences at the University of Zagreb. She is currently employed at the elementary school of Eugen Kvaternik in Velika Gorica as a teacher of technical education and computer science. In addition to the regular work of the school, she leads workshops of robotics at the Open University in Velika Gorica, and also workshops of robotics and automation in her school for 9 years. She is a regular teacher in workshops of automatics at Summer schools of technical activities in Kraljevica. She is also editor for Technical Education in Školska knjiga. Her students participated in various competitions, exhibitions, festivals and fairs related to Engineering. In her free time Maja likes to run, hike and cycle.

Luka Fućek – robotics specialist

Luka Fućek Is 24 years old PhD student and research assistant at Laboratory for Autonomous Mobile Robotics at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. He received his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in electrical engineering and information technology with profile in control engineering and automation from Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb in 2013 and 2015.

During his studies he worked on problems in field of walking algorithms and stabilization for legged robots on rough terrain and robotic simulations. He spent his free time developing hardware and software for projects like vertical take off and landing autonomous airplane drone, STEMI (educational platform and hexapod robot) and many more. His current research interests lay in field of robotic vision and further development of walking algorithms for legged robots.

Besides his technical career, he loves to spend time playing musical instruments while writing and producing music.

Vlatko Klabučar – robotics specialist

Vlatko Klabučar is a software engineer and co-founder of STEMI. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1992. From his earliest days he has a passion for science and technology, and in elementary school he discovered programming and fell in love with it. In 2010, following his interests, he decided to enroll at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing where he refined his passions into applied knowledge. In 2015 he graduated from college and now holds a Master’s degree in Information and Communication Technology from University of Zagreb.

During his student days he became interested in robotics and, together with his three friends and colleagues, started designing hexapod robots – robots with six legs. After winning some contests with the robots the team gained some recognition for their work, so they decided to take their project a step further and offer it as a commercially available tool for teaching robotics. Merging with the two founders of the Croatian NGO Bura Znanja (Wind of Knowledge) under the name STEMI they launched the STEMI hexapod on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo in late 2015.

Stevica Kuharski – entrepreneur

Stevica has been developing software for web and mobile platforms for the past 15 years. He has been an entrepreneur since 2003 and has had two exits and secured investment for an educational project called Habbits. In 2014 he started Ombotics, a robotic development company that is developing Alamo, an autonomous robotic lawn mower. In 2015 he started Locodels, sharing economy based city delivery service. Stevica also serves as an advisor at Intersat Telekomunikacije.





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