Hey! My name is Valentin. I’m a researcher in autonomous robotics with a particular interest in the fusion of learned and classical techniques for robust perception. I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.
I did my doctoral work in the STARS Lab (Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems) under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Kelly. My Ph.D. dissertation was entitled Learned Improvements to the Visual Egomotion Pipeline.
Please refer to my curriculum vitae and my Google Scholar for more detailed publication lists. In my spare time, I love reading poetry and literature (especially Weil, Schopenhauer, Blake, Thomas, McCarthy, and Tolstoy), playing sports (especially soccer, hockey, and basketball) and flying (I received my pilot’s license in 2018).
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.
Events & News
March, 2020 - I passed the final oral examination of my doctoral degree! Thank you so much to all of my friends, collaborators and committee members.
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!
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.