Dr. Matthew Williamson

Hewlett-Packard Labs
Filton Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8QZ, England
Tel: +44 117 312 9586 Fax: +44 117 312 8924
Email: matthew_williamson@hp.com
group web site: http://www.hpl.hp.com/research/bicas


MEng University of Oxford (89-93) Engineering Science


SM (93-95) MIT Dept of Electical Engineering and Computer Science "Series Elastic Actuators" - Design and build of a novel robotic actuator that gives good quality force control from a cheap motor with a gearbox (which is generally quite hard!)

PhD (95-99) MIT EE+CS, "Robot Arm Control Exploiting Natural Dynamics" - Design and build of a variety of robot arms using the actuators designed in the masters, on various planetary rover robots and the humanoid robot Cog. Implemented a distributed control system that allowed the arms to perform complex rhythmic tasks (crank turning, pumping bicycle pumps, hitting, throwing, drumming) in a very simple way, by using controllers to guide the natural dynamics of the arm so that they were appropriate for the task.

Research Engineer, HP Labs Bristol (99- present). Initially worked on digital media and digital rights, now part of the BICAS (Biologically Inspired Complex Adaptive Systems) group. This group looks at applying biologically-inspired algorithms to current engineering problems, as well as more fundamental work in the area. I am specifically involved in looking at biologically-inspired approaches to computer security.

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