Matias* is a DPhil student in the Oxford Robotics Institute and a member of Hertford College since October 2019. He is working in the Dynamic Robots Systems Group under the supervision of Dr. Maurice Fallon. His research is focused on the development of novel visual-based localization tools and algorithms for the ANYmal robot, to improve its navigation capabilities in different environments.
He completed his B.Sc, Ingeniería Civil Electrica (P.Eng), and M.Sc in Electrical Engineering at the Universidad de Chile. His master project was focused on the development of a visual-proprioceptive SLAM system for a NAO robot.
During his studies, he got involved in several robotics-related projects: he was a member of the RoboCup Soccer Team of the university; co-founded a branch of the Duckietown project in Chile, which he taught and directed 3 years; co-founded the Robotics Community; and also taught and mentored high-school students to learn coding and robotics with several foundations and companies. After his studies, he worked in the Universidad de Chile fostering multidisciplinary projects and lecturing some classes.
When not in the lab, Matias enjoys photography, travelling, reading, and searching for weird and cheap stuff in second-hand stores.
*Pronounced “Ma-tee-ass” (uncomfortable but works)