I am a product and technical lead, program manager, and engineer with over 12 years of experience in product and people management, software engineering, computer vision, robotics.
I worked in all kinds of different environments; early-stage startup, mid-size company, goverment and multinational corporate job. My current interest are autonomy, spacecrafts, home automation and the software that drives these. I'm also interested in deep tech startups and disruption in general. The past couple years I've been focusing on growing experience in product and people management. I have experience in growing teams from 1 to 40+ and delivering products from scratch to $100M+ in sales.
I love clean code, solid architecture, and comprehensive documentation (maybe a bit too much). Though not actively coding at the moment, I still consider myself as an engineer but I am strategically trying myself in different types of roles to expand my skills and experience. I am always trying to bring cheer and fun to my teams, I am quite a bit of joker and very laid back while also not afraid of hard work.
I am working on Woven Alpha's Arene, Toyota's next generation software vehicle platform and development tooling. This is my first time in a product role where my responsibilities include interfacing with the customer and adjacent teams, roadmap planning, requirements management and supporting our scrum process. I am currently owning a product portfolio that has over a thousand users and used not only internally at Woven and Toyota but at 3rd party suppliers as well. The 2 main areas I focused on while at Woven:- Simulation for ADAS testing and validation
- Software automation (CI) for building, testing and deploying both in-vehicle and out-of-vehicle code
I was leading 3 client-facing projects on the order of few hundred thousand to 1.5 million dollars. I'm was charge of planning, project management, hiring and also contribute to development and serve as a scrum master for my team. My area of focus was automation in construction and warehouses (automated forklifts). My team was involved with multiple sub-projects ranging from perception/ML to customizing our SaaS/PaaS cloud backend to our customers' needs. I was also responsible for some of our product management work and hiring.
I was leading the self-driving vehicle department, being involved both in the technical and the operations/management side of the organization. I was acting both as an Engineering Manager for a multidisciplinary team and as a Technical Program Manager of our self-driving vehicle and simulation development. My roles at Ascent also covered a range of software development and software management tasks, including: SW architecture design, budgeting, helping out ML research, robotics software development, systems engineering, self-driving operation management, field testing, code reviewing, roadmap planning and technical hiring. Throughout all my positions at Ascent, I've been directly reporting to the CTO and CEO.
I was leading the growing automotive (self-driving) teams of Ascent Robotics while the organization was expanding after our Series A investment. I was managing the vehicle robotics team, infrastructure team and software tools team. I was leading 30+ people in a constantly evolving environment and served as an interim CTO for a while while also still actively participating in development and code reviews.
I was leading a team of 5-7 engineers, developing the core framework of our deep learning and robotics platform and designed our self-driving R&D car platform (Lexus RX450h). I led HW and SW architecture design, software engineering, technical hiring and project management. Additional to this, I was also working on financial intelligence projects as a software engineer.
I joined Ascent Robotics as the company's 2nd engineer. I was actively participating in shaping the company from the beginning, both on the code/architecture and on the organizational level. My initial tasks involved computer vision and software prototype development, architecture design and tech pitch to investors and potential partners.
I worked on the then next-generation RoboTaxi, ZMP's self driving platfrom. I mostly worked on computer vision and robotic system software development. I also participated in systems setup, sensor calibation and testing the self-driving car both on the test track and in traffic. Briefly I also worked on the company's delivery robot platform.
I joined as an intern and stayed at the Academy as a contractor Research Engineer. I was part of the Machine Perception Research Laboratory research group and worked on 2D and 3D computer vision, image processing and 3D object recognition and registration in Point Clouds. Most of my work was related to object detection, segmentation and scene understanding in lidar point clouds.
Remote studies. I dropped out because of my demanding startup work.
I took a vide array of classes including Electrical and Mechanical Engineering classes to explore my interests. I also won two scholarships (see below).
I won an EU scholarship (STARS - Sensing Technology and Robotics Scholarship) to spend a year in the US. During the year I was able to complete all Florida Tech courses that were disjunct from my program and gradudated both at Florida Tech and my home institute.
I was awarded an opportunity to take courses at Gabor Bojar's private college. I took courses in computer vision, computational biology, enterpreneurship and UX
When not working, I enjoy traveling, taking photos of random things, exploring the city, trying new food places or riding my motorbike.
My technical interests outside of work are home automation, space exploration, airplanes, cars and motorbikes.