Gabriel Arpino (1T8)

Gabriel Arpino shows off his work at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Gabriel Arpino shows off his work at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

I was an undergrad summer researcher in the Civil, Environmental, and Agricultural Robotics Laboratory at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. I worked on implementing localization algorithms onto unmanned ground vehicles, with the purpose of prepping them for autonomous work in agriculture. I learned a whole lot about robotics control systems and artificial intelligence.

I was surprised by how much goes into programming intelligent land vehicles, as an initially hard task became an incredible learning experience. The fact that the research was being done abroad also added a whole new perspective to the subject, because I began to learn certain international customs specifically in the field of Robotics, such as the universal use of the Robot Operating System (ROS). Overall, I learned not only technical material, but also personal material on how to adapt to environments abroad.