Marek W. Doniec
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Curriculum Vitae


December 2012

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis: Autonomous Underwater Data Muling using Wireless Optical Communication and Agile AUV Control

April 2007

M.S. in Computer Science, Yale University
Full scholarship funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
GPA: 4.0 / 4.0.

Apr 2007

Certificate in Computer Science, École Polytechnique, France
Grand Prix d'Option (best thesis award in class of 500), European Union scholarship (Erasmus)
Finished with honors.

September 2004

Vordiplom (B.S.) in Computer Science, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany
GPA: 4.0 / 4.0 (ranked 1 / 314).

Research Experience

August 2007 -

MIT Robust Robotics Group, Cambridge, MA
Advisor: Prof. Nicholas Roy
Researching estimation and control for complex and exotic vehicle morphologies.

August 2007 -
Dec 2012

MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Cambridge, MA
Advisor: Prof. Daniela Rus
Researched automated data retrieval, communication, and controls. Designed and implemented autonomous underwater data muling system to harvest information from subsea sensor nodes, including a state-of-the-art underwater optical communication device. Developed and implemented sensor network for behavioral monitoring of cattle.

May 2011 -
August 2011

Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics), Boston, MA
Advisor: Matthew Williamson
Modeled inverse kinematics, gravity compensation, and end-effector force of a seven-degree-of-freedom mechanical arm. Designed and operated test benches and procedures for stress testing as well as frequency and force analysis of mechanical actuators.

September 2010 -
February 2011

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Singapore
Advisor: Prof. Daniela Rus
Oversaw development and production of 100 modular sensor nodes used for pedestrian, car, and bus tracking.

August 2005 -
June 2007

Yale Social Robotics Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Advisor: Prof. Brian Scassellati
Researched the development of joint attention for a humanoid robot (the ability to share the focus of attention with a user). Designed and implemented an infant-sized humanoid hand for grasping and pointing, and developed algorithms for hand-eye coordination.

April 2005 -
July 2005

INRIA (National Research Institute for Computer Science and Automation), Saclay, France
Advisor: Prof. Olivier Temam
Designed and implemented in C++ a modular and distributed simulator for chip multiprocessors with hundreds of cores. This work won the Grand Prix d'Option (best thesis award in a class of 500) of the École Polytechnique.

October 2003 -
September 2004

Interactive Systems Lab, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany
Advisors: Prof. Alex Waibel and Prof. Tanja Schultz.
Developed interface and software architecture for a brain-computer interface based on electroencephalography.

Honors and Awards

November 2012

Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award for Ph.D. Thesis. Awarded by the Foundation to reward exceptional performance in a doctoral degree to encourage significant future contributions to science and technology.

November 2012

Best Demo Award, International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems (WUWNet 2012)
for the demo Robust Real-Time Underwater Digital Video Streaming using Optical Communication

November 2012

Best Paper Award, International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN 2012)
for the paper Indoor Magnetic Field Characterization for Applications in Localization and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping

July 2007

Best Paper Award, International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL 2007)
for the paper Learning Grounded Semantics With Word Trees: Prepositions and Pronouns

March 2007

Awarded Sterling Prize Fellowship, Yale University.
Offered to the top 30 entering graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (more then 8500 applicants).

Feb 2007

Awarded Francis Upton Fellowship, Princeton University.
The highest honor given to incoming graduate students in the sciences and engineering. Provides tuition, stipend, fees, and travel expenses.

September 2006 -
May 2007

Full Research Assistantship,
Department of Computer Science, Yale University.

August 2005 -
April 2006

DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service).
Full government scholarship to Yale University covering stipend, tuition, fees, and travel expenses. Candidates are chosen in a national competition.

November 2005

Grand Prix d'Option, École Polytechnique, Paris, France.
Best thesis award given annually to students that have made a major contribution to their research field during their four month research internship.

September 2004 -
July 2005

Erasmus scholarship (European Union).
Exchange program scholarship.

Professional Activities and Service

January 2012

Organization Chair, International Workshop on Mobile Aquamarine Systems, Singapore

September 2012 -
August 2011

CSAIL Student Committee (CSC), Elected Representative

Reviewer for:

Workshop on Wireless Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Wi-UAV)
International Journal of Humanoid Robotics (IJHR)
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN)

Teaching Experience

September 2011 -
December 2011

Teaching Assistant, MIT, Cambridge, MA
6.142 - Robotics: Systems and Sciences II

January 2007 -
April 2007

Teaching Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT
CS112b - Introduction to Programming

September 2006 -
Dezember 2006

Teaching Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT
CS201a - Introduction to Computer Science

July 2005

Course Assistant, ACACES 2005, L'Aquila, Italy
Assisted in preparation and gave one lecture of the simulation course at the HiPEAC International Summer School on Advanced Computer Architecture and Compilation for Embedded Systems.

Professional Experience and Skills

Windows, Linux, OS X, ROS, Eclipse, Altium Designer, Solidworks, Xilinx ISE, Actel IDE, Word, PowerPoint, Excel
MATLAB, Java, C/C++, Assembler (ARM, AVR, x86). Familiarity with Lisp, SML, OCaml, Haskell, Pascal, Basic
PCB fabrication, soldering (iron, reflow, IR), milling and turning (manual and CNC), 3D printing, laser-cutting, water-jetting, molding
Foreign Languages:

German (native), Polish (native), French (fluent)

Invited Talks

June 2012
Robust Robotics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Algorithms and Systems for Underwater Observatories
May 2012
Industrial Affiliates Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Optical Underwater Communication for Effective Data Transfer
May 2012
Wireless Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Optical Underwater Communication for Effective Data Transfer
April 2012
NETMIT Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Optical Underwater Communication for Effective Data Transfer
March 2012
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University
Algorithms and Systems for Underwater Observatories
March 2012
MERS Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Optical Underwater Communication for Effective Data Transfer
January 2012
International Workshop on Mobile Aquamarine Systems, Singapore
Optical Underwater Communication for Effective Data Transfer
January 2011
Acoustic Research Lab (ARL), Singapore
Optical Underwater Communication with AquaOptical
December 2009
Hirose Fukushima Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
AMOUR, AquaNodes, and AquaOptical

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