William Reid is a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. His main research interests include the design of planetary rover mobility systems and motion planning for autonomous reconfigurable robots. During his PhD he has been involved in the development of the MAMMOTH rover system, an actively articulated wheel-on-leg rover that is capable of driving and clambering over unstructured terrain. William received a Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne.
While on a university exchange at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, William project managed a sub-orbital rocket experiment that was sponsored by the European Space Agency and Swedish Space Corporation. The experiment's aims were to study the density profile of the middle atmosphere as well as aerosol particle concentrations. William has a passion for space engineering and the development of autonomous robotic systems for the exploration of the unknown.
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