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Showcase Committee

Olly Smith

Committee Chair

Olly has been building robots since age 12, as part of a team that won national and international awards in the FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and Student Robotics Competition. He has been the moderator of r/Robotics since 2013.

He is now undertaking a PhD “Design and Control of Compliant Actuators with application to Humanoid Robots” at the University of Plymouth, where he is also chair of the Robotics Society.

Michael Greer

Committee Member

Michael is a graduate student researching the optimal design of robotic devices, as well as a Software Developer for Lincoln Electric Automation R&D. He also maintains a Akin to Kinematics, an instructional robotics blog.

Chris Donnell

Committee Member

Chris first joined the r/Robotics team during the pandemic, in the hopes of connecting with and helping others interested in robotics. Since then he’s finished grad school and now works in simulator development.

The annual RRS event has been an amazing way to facilitate diverse discussion about the field – connecting self taught hobbyists with tenured academics, students with industry leaders, and even artists with engineers.


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