Hi everyone, its Your Friendly Neighborhood Navigator here with a big announcement.
A couple of weeks ago as the result of restructuring of robotics efforts, I left my role of Senior Technical Lead at Samsung Research. I know this will come as a surprise to many (and to a degree myself).
Over the last ~5 years, I’ve had the privilege of leading the ROS ecosystem down the journey from ROS 1 to ROS 2 and innovate the technologies attached to mobile robotics. Its been such a cool journey to see my work in oil rigs, warehouses, libraries, cleaning public spaces, airplanes, boats, and even featured in the Olympics! I’ve strived to create a community and give opportunity to any that wanted to contribute or grow to do so with close mentorship - I’ve really enjoyed helping dozens of young engineers and students grow into capable and independent engineers. When I could squeeze in the time, I had a blast being able to work on high-risk and high-impact projects that ultimately lead to the creation of some of the crown jewels in the Nav2 stack. Mostly, I’m thankful for everyone that bought into the vision I saw, and still see, for ROS 2 and Nav2.
This has been a great chapter in my life and I genuinely thank Samsung Research for the opportunity afforded to me. However, from where I stand, the next chapter is full of great opportunity and intrigue. While I can’t say much with concrete detail, I am hard at work figuring what’s next for me personally and for ROS 2 Navigation to build on this experience and make an even bigger difference in the next 5 years.
For the time being, my plan is to continue to answer tickets and provide the usual level of support you’ve come to expect, as I want to keep Nav2 happy and healthy. However, any new development from myself is on a hiatus unless otherwise noted. I’m going to be leaning more on companies and individuals that rely on the stack to step up and help brunt the load.
If you have any questions or want to influence what’s next, please reach out. For everyone else, watch this space.