Oszkar Jozsa

Meguro-ku · Tokyo · Japan · jozsa.oszkar@gmail.com

I create the brains of cars and robots.

I am a team and technical lead, program manager and senior engineer with 10 years of experience in technical management, software engineering, computer vision, robotics and AI/ML.

I worked in multiple different environments; early-stage startup, mid-size company, goverment research institute and multinational corporate job. My current interest are self-driving vehicles, smart robots, spacecraft and the software that is on them. I'm also interested in fintech and deep tech startups in general. Recently, I've been mostly gaining experience in program, project 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, comprehensive documentation (maybe a bit too much). I worked in many different types of roles including project and roadmap planning, writing code, people management, hacking together simple embedded systems, field testing, robotic systems engineering, negotiating with business partners or just managing projects on Jira/Trello/Wrike. I am currently leading a team of 8 engineers and manage multiple client-facing projects. 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. Recently I am very interested in productivity, estimations and shaping engineering organizations.

My strongest suit is possibly the fact that I can get shit done, even in a noisy and constantly changing environment. I am currently not actively looking for new employment but open to collaborate or consult on areas I have expertise in.

Experience

Engineering Lead

Rapyuta Robotics

I am leading 3 client-facing projects on the order of few hundred thousand to 1.5 million dollars. I'm in charge of planning, project management, hiring and also contribute to development and server as a scrum master for my team. My current area of focus is automation in construction and warehouses (automated forklifts).

November 2020 - Present

Senior Engineering Lead

Ascent Robotics

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 leading 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 before that to the CEO.

April 2019 - September 2020

Technical Lead

Ascent Robotics

I was leading the broader self-driving engineering teams at Ascent Robotics while the organization was growing after our Series A investment. I was invovled with the vehicle robotics and perception team, infrastructure team and software tools team. Before restructuring, I was leading 30+ people in a constantly evolving environment and served as an interim CTO for a while. During this period, I started to learn and be involved with leadership and management while still actively working on engineering tasks.

March 2018 - March 2019

Senior Robotics Engineer

Ascent Robotics

I was leading a team of 5-7 engineers, developing the core framework of our deep learning and robotics platform. I was working on various self-driving engineering tasks including HW and SW architecture design, software engineering, technical hiring and project management. Additional to this, I was also working on financial intelligence projects.

September 2017 - February 2018

Robotics Engineer

Ascent Robotics

I joined Ascent Robotics as the company's 2nd engineer. I am actively participating in shaping the company ever since them, 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.

May 2017 - August 2017

Software Engineer

ZMP Inc.

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.

October 2016 - April 2017

Software Engineer

Cognex Corp.

I worked on industrial vision software and SDKs (Cognex VisionView, Cognex Designer) the company ships with their camera systems. I mostly worked in C# and TypeScript with some JavaScript and C++. In most of my time at the company I was responsible for HMI framework design and implementation, script parsing, object serialization-deserialization, automatic code generation and software licensing. The products I worked on have a combined sales volume over $100M.

March 2016 - October 2016

Associate Software Engineer

Cognex Corp.
November 2013 - February 2016

Research Intern / Contractor

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Computer Science and Control

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.

February 2011 - October 2013

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology

Master of Science
Computer Science - Computational perception and Robotics Specialization

Remote studies. I dropped out because of my demanding startup work.

2015 - 2018

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Bachelor of Engineering
Computer Engineering - Autonomous Control Systems and Robots Specialization

I took a vide array of classes including Electrical and Mechanical Engineering classes to explore my interests. I also won two scholarships (see below).

2006 – 2012

Florida Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science
Computer Science

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.

2009 - 2010

Aquincum Institute of Technology

Specialization courses
Computer Science

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

2011

Skills

I am quite agnostic on tools, languages and methodologies. I like to learn new technologies and always prefer to choose the best tool for the purpose instead of sticking with one or two for all tasks.
I am good at multitasking, not afraid of managing all sorts of things and have a strong sense of timeliness and good estimates. I am more and more passionate about team productivity and throughput.
Soft skills and misc. experience
  • Experience in leadership at a growth stage startup in rapidly changing environment (tech architecture design, business and story planning, bridging the gap betwen R&D and development, investor and partner relations, office expansions, budgeting, extensive experience in interviewing and building teams from scratch)
  • Practical knowlege in machine learning (both traditional methods and modern deep learning, reinforcement learning)
  • Famility with modern software management tools (GitHub, BitBucket, Confluence, Jira, LiquidPlanner, Trac, MS Exchange) and automation tools (Jenkins, CircleCI, TeamCity)
  • Strong sense and preference in well-crafted architecture, beautiful code and comprehensive documentation
  • Experience in writing research papers and patents
  • I am a strong team player. I like to work on the architecture level, I like to design structure and connect the pieces instead of just focusing on a single piece.
Programming Languages
  • C++
  • Python
  • C#
  • TypeScript
  • I also dabble some R, JavaScript and trying to pick up some Rust
Libraries, tools
  • Computer vision libraries (OpenCV, PCL, PIL)
  • TensorFlow, Pytorch and OpenAI tools (gym, baselines)
  • Python data science/machine learning stack (numpy, pandas, matplotlib, scikit)
  • C++ STL, Boost, Qt
  • ROS, OROCOS
Environments
  • I am equally comfortable on Linux and Windows, use both of them daily
  • I mostly use Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio. Occasionally CLion. In the past, I've also used Netbeans and Eclipse
  • I am not afraid of touching the hardware; writing code for embedded systems, taking robots or vehicles apart, etc.

Interests

When not working, I enjoy traveling, taking photos of random things, exploring the city, trying new food places or riding my motorbike. I try to visit at least 5-6 countries each year.

My technical interests outside of work are space exploration, airplanes, cars and motorbikes. I've been experimenting with home automation a bit and planning to learn some mechanical knowledge as soon as I find a place that allows me to tinker on vehicles.