I am a roboticist (ML/Control specialist) with strong research thrusts in translational medical physics research. I currently research robotic therapeutic outcomes in radiation oncology at Penn School of Medicine. For the last 12 years, I have worked in several aspects of the automation research and development value chain in various capacities: this includes the consumer robots, supply chain, and process automation industries (Amazon Robotics, PFN Inc Japan, Coca-Cola). As a PhD (UT Dallas, UTSW) and a Postdoc (UChicago, UPenn), I’m exploring open-ended questions in head and neck immobilization during photon-based head and neck surgery and magnetic resonance imaging – with soft and rigid parallel robots. These create a niche skill-set that spans machine learning, control and motion-planning that improve partnership with teams and external vendors.

I fancy conceptualization, finding issues and directions, developing definitions, exposition, and critical insight. I love synergizing concepts from disparate fields, and then develop algorithms and analyses which ultimately lead to the solution. The opportunity to feast on ideas – to investigate the physics behind machines and to understand the interconnectedness of components, hear people’s opinions, see their arguments’ flaws, and to improvise upon them to find better solutions is an essential component of my thought-actions. I enjoy managing by positive influence.

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Welcome to my web presence: the material, the referential, the spatial, and the relative!

Material Description

I am an interdisciplinary researcher who combines the scientific elegance of machine learning and control theory with the practical impact of robotics to create technological solutions that improve radiation delivery for cancer patients.

Spatial Description: Placements

Eulerian Placement: I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Wiersma lab at Penn Medicine and I was previously with the group at UChicago Medicine. Here, I am foraging for knowledge and understanding. Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas!

Lagrangean Placement: During my PhD, I was co-advised by Steve Jiang in the Medical Physics and Engineering program at UT Southwestern and Nick Gans in the Electrical Engineering program at UT Dallas.

Backtracking through time: I was bread and buttered bred and brought up in Southwest Nigeria. I’ve found my academic pursuits have driven me far from home in the last two decades. Many years ago, I was part of Sheffield ACSE. There, I was mentored in robotics by Tony Dodd. Prior to that, I had my Bachelors in Physics with a minor in Electronics. My thesis was on the single fractional parentage coefficients in the sd-shell nuclei, advised by Ademola Amusa.

Current Configuration: I work on problems spanning conceptualization of new hardware and software tools for improving the treatment planning process in cancer radiation therapy. I am largely an independent researcher who enjoys self-direction at my own projects/goals. Yet, I value collaboration across domains and with people of diverse expertise. I read widely and study avidly: my interests span the sciences, technical disciplines (hello, chemistry, physics and engineering) to history and public affairs (really?). A big believer in open science and reproducible research, I try to make my publications and codes public to the extent that I can: see my publications page and github repos. I am not a robot. My PGP key on most public key servers is 03E3 58FB 1D98 869E 8ABE 1EF0 E6A1 2F95 B720 BBB5. If you are Russian and you would like to collude a researcher and you would like to collaborate, please email me.

Referential Description: On the Origin and Wanderings of this Specie

I speak and write fluently in Yoruba and English – languages I have used throughout my entire life. Having lived in Japan, I acquired a basic understanding of Japaneasy Japanese. I am working on a working-level proficiency (still another mile!). I love to meet people from other places and backgrounds – it strengthens my understanding of the human culture. My accent has often been compared to the French one, though I have no idea what that is. I enjoy Afro-Jazz, Japanese Jazz, and alternative rock music genres. I do have an electric guitar, which I lazily play when I’m depressed. Someday, I do hope to be a street entertainer (wouldn’t that be fun?). At various times in my little time on this planet, I have been a Shikaakwaan, a Lagosian, a Sheffielder (home of my forever friends), a Bostonian, a Londoner, an Edokko, and a Dallasite (Eh!).

Miscellaneous

  • I fancy conceptualization, finding issues and directions, definitions, expositions and critical insight. I like to investigate the physics behind machines, and to understand the interconnectedness of components, seeing design flaws, and improvising upon them.

  • I am a member of North Texas Drone Users Group. We fly our drones, micro-UAVs, and mini-planes around the DFW area every Saturday just to disturb the peace and quiet of boring citizens. I am no longer active with this group.

  • I enjoy mentoring committed undergraduates, masters students, and occasionally high school students that are interested in computer vision, control, and robotics.

            - Rachel is currently an undergrad at MIT’s CSAIL department.

            - Ajith is a Senior Software Engineer at Jphnson & Johnson.

            - Adwait is a Senior Automotive Engineer at Drov. Tech, MN.

            - Blessing is a CS PhD student at Tufts.

Outside of research, I am a cyclist, a runner, an hiker, and my friends tell me that I am an encourager. I did not start competitive cycling (mountain-biking) since about 2011. I graduated myself to road bikes in 2014. I’ve been part of various cycling clubs through the years, notably the University of Sheffield Cycling Club, , Plano Cycling Club and the University of Chicago Velo Club among others. When running, I mostly stick to 5 and 10k’s either with my friends at Somerville road runners, Frisco running club or alone. Whether I am running, cycling or back-packing, my happy place is time out in Mother Earth, marveling in creation’s grand design.