Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan Bruce


Contact Information

1205 Broadway St, #1A

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Phone: +1-404-403-9669


Research Interest

To advance the development and applications of robotic control theory particularly in the areas of human to robot interaction, robotic assistance, visual servoing, computer vision, and mobile robotics.


University of California, Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz, CA 09/2011 - Present

M.S. in Computer Engineering, Emphasis in Robotics and Control Expected: 06/2013

Southern Polytechnic State University; Marietta, GA 08/2005 - 05/2011

B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering, Minor in Mathematics 08/2007 - 05/2011

Mechanical Engineering Technology 08/2005 - 05/2007

Research Experience

Southern Polytechnic State University; Marietta, GA 01/2010 - 05/2011

Advisor: Dr. Ying Wang

Mechatronics Robotic Research Group

+ Visual Servoing, Team Leader

Application of Advanced Control Theory to Mobile Robot Control and Visual Servoing

Using State Variable Modeling, develop a visual controller for a Mobilerobot`s Pioneer P3-DX wheeled mobile robot and 5-DOF end effector. Then the use of Q-learning will be applied to autonomously determine the most desirable location for the robot`s gripper in order to pick up various objects.

+ Computer Vision

A Comparison of SIFT and SURF Visual SLAM Algorithms for a Mobile Robot

Using known SIFT and SURF Visual SLAM algorithms to compare their performance in unknown and dynamic path following scenarios for a wheeled mobile robot.

Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA 06/2010 - 07/2010

Advisor: Dr. Ying Zhang

CREATE Program, Electrical Engineering REU

Hybrid Energy Storage Systems for Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Networks

To develop a theoretical model of a supercapacitor that will take into account variations in current supply and ambient temperature. This model will be used in the development of hybrid storage systems implemented in energy harvesting wireless nodes.

Professional Experience

Southern Polytechnic State University; Marietta, GA

Laboratory Manager/Technician

Physics Department 01/2010 - 03/2011

Math/Physics/Engineering Tutor

SPSU Tutoring Center 08/2010 - 01/2011

Private Tutor 08/2009 - 05/2011

Student Assistant

Physics Department 08/2010 - 05/2011

Biology, Chemistry, Physics Department 06/2009 - 05/2010

Extended University 08/2005 - 05/2006

Valve Solutions, Inc.; Alpharetta, GA

Assistant Engineer/CAD Designer

Engineering and Design Department 01/2009 - 08/2009

Co-Op Intern

Engineering and Design Department 06/2007 - 12/2008

Professional Memberships

American Society of Mechanical Engineers 09/2009 - Present

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers 07/2009 - Present

International Society of Automation 08/2007 - Present

Georgia Society of Professional Engineers 09/2009 - 01/2011

Mathematical Association of America, Student Chapter 08/2008 - 05/2011

Society of Physics Students, Student Chapter 01/2010 - 05/2011


Professional Activities/Honors

Aerial Robotics Competition Team; President 08/2010 - 05/2011

Aerial Robotics Competition Team; Vice President 01/2010 - 07/2010

Undergraduate Research Club; President 01/2010 - 05/2011

Grant Proposal Writer to SGA, awarded $12,000 02/2011

Mobile Robot Grant Proposal Writer; awarded $61,000 05/2010

ASME DAG Proposal Grant Writer 03/2010

Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) Outreach

Earth Day, Global Warming Lab; Volunteer 04/2010

ISA, Student Chapter Sponsored Elementary School Robotics Summer Camp; Organizer &Volunteer 06/2009

BEST Robotics; Organizer, Team Leader, & Volunteer 08/2007 - 01/2010

Developed a real time DAQ test bed for a local middle school model race car team 08/2008 - 01/2009

Dean`s List/Merit Honor 08/2008 - 05/2011

Computer Skills



Solid Works


ARIA (Mobilerobots)

C++ / C


Basic VHDL


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