Marek Doniec is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at MIT. His research interests include underwater robotics, sensor networks, underwater wireless optical communication, and multi-robot systems. He received his M.S. from Yale University and his Vordiplom (B.S.) from the University of Karlsruhe. He has been an active member of research labs in the United States, Germany, France, and Singapore. Additionally, he has experience in industry, having worked at Heartland Robotics developing controls for a humanoid arm.
Currently Mr. Doniec is investigating automated data retrieval from underwater sensor networks using a team of autonomous underwater robots. His work focuses on finding nodes whose location is not known precisely and on wirelessly downloading all available payload data before a robot heads on to the next node. For this purpose Mr. Doniec developed and implemented a state-of-the-art wireless underwater communication system. Previously he has contributed to autonomous data gathering in herds of cattle; learning hand-eye-coordination for humanoid robots; system-on-a-chip simulation; and brain-computer interfaces.