My name is Valentin. I’m a Ph.D. candidate the University of Toronto working on ways that machine learning can be used to improve localization for autonomous mobile robots. In my spare time, I fly, I sport, I listen to philosophy podcasts (VBW!), and I try (with little success) to make sure I have read more than half of the books I own.
I work in the STARS Lab (Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems) under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Kelly.
You can find my CV here. On the right is a picture of me at the Jökulsárlón glacial lake in southeast Iceland.
Deep Pose Correction Network (DPC-Net) is a deep learning approach to achieving accurate, robust visual localization by correcting existing geometric, probabilistic estimators. It's been published in Robotics and Automation Letters (and presented at ICRA 2018).
PROBE, and its follow-up, PROBE-GK (Generalized Kernels) is a heteroscedastic covariance model for image keypoints in visual odometry. Notably, PROBE-GK presents a novel Bayesian formulation for deriving a robust cost function for sparse keypoint reprojection errors.
May, 2019 - After months of planning, my colleagues Lee, Matt and supervisor Jonathan Kelly organized a debates workshop at ICRA 2019. We were elated to see a fantastic turn-out for all three debates (plus lightning talks) and a ton of great feedback!
April, 2018 - After months of bad weather and cancelled lessons, I can finally say I’m a private pilot! I passed my flight test in late March. My girlfriend, Elyse, was my first passenger.
August, 2017 - I’ve been working on my private pilot license (PPL) this summer at Burlington Executive Airport (CZBA). After two months of training, I finished my first solo flight (which means I was the only person in the aircraft). If you’re interested in seeing the whole flight, I
recorded the whole thing on my GoPro .
Things I recommend
Below you’ll find a recent medley of things I really enjoy and love recommending to friends.
Jonathan Franzen on David Foster Wallace and loneliness.