Mark Hedley Jones

About Mark


Here I help develop robotics software engineer for an autonomous indoor security robot. The company is developing these patrol robots to supplement the role of security guards working in large office complexes in Japan. While working here I'm involved with creating simulation environments in Gazebo, creating and maintaining accurate URDF models of the robots, improving SLAM based map generation, and general development of the overall system. Additionally, I'm write documentation of various parts of the system.

SQ2 patrolling office blocks
SQ2 Security Patrol Robot under development

Robotics Plus, New Zealand

Previously, I spent four years as a post-doctoral researcher at Robotics Plus, a growing start-up company developing robotics for horticulture. There, I was mostly involved with the development of an autonomous vehicle capable of self-driving in kiwifruit orchards. This environment is particularly challenging due to an inability to reliably receive GNSS signals. This means autonomous vehicles must use perception based sensors such as LiDAR and cameras. Other projects I was involved with there were a robotic kiwifruit harvesting system and a targeted kiwifruit pollination system. Both used machine vision and deep learning to detect fuit or flowers. In the case of the harvester, four robotic arms were coordinated to harvest detected fruit. In the case of the pollinator, a height adjustable spray boom would deliver a precise dosage of pollen to individual flowers.

That role was varied and involved team leadership, mechanical design (Solidworks), machine vision (OpenCV), writing and debugging ROS based software, designing PCBs and programming embedded devices (STM32), integrating and tuning SLAM packages (Google Cartographer), point-cloud based filtering and processing (PCL Library), and training and integrating deep neural networks (TensorFlow & Caffe).

Autonomous Platform
Autonomous Vehicle

Automated Pollination using Machine Vision & Deep Neural Networks
Kiwifruit harvesting arms
Kiwifruit harvesting with multiple, independent, robotic arms.

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