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Robots fit for the toughest missions

 

We produce robotic systems that change the game in:

 

  • Defence and Security, where it is imperative that we protect those who protect us;
  • Energy and Heavy Industry, where every ounce of efficiency squandered today is a debt owed to future generations; and
  • Earth Science, where wresting knowledge from the jaws of nature is the first step towards managing our impact on the environment.

Products


Defence and Security

Our Aeolus technology stack for advanced robot mobility, perception and agency is creating a new generation of agile robotic defences to a broad spectrum of threats on the modern battlefield, from small drones to heavily armoured Main Battle Tanks. Aeolus unleashes the potential for robotics to offset near-peer competitor strengths in an increasingly challenging environment.

Energy, Heavy Industry and Earth Science

Leveraging the same Aeolus technology stack as our Defence and Security applications, we are developing robotic solutions to tough but highly valuable inspection and monitoring challenges. Our solutions provide a safer, faster and more repeatable way to gather timely, critical intelligence on composite, metallic and concrete structures, helping asset owners and operators to maximise asset safety, efficiency and utilisation, whilst minimising OpEx.

Team


Ken Wahren

Ken Wahren

CEO

Ken has a long and highly successful track record in developing unmanned systems for the Air, Land and Maritime domains across the Defence, Security, Energy and Earth Science sectors. In 2008 he developed two Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) types for the winning entry in the UK MoD’s Grand Challenge for autonomous systems, and in 2013 he led a small team that produced a highly innovative Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), delivering a full scale proof-of-concept demonstrator vehicle in just eleven weeks. Ken won an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to develop a novel motion control pipeline for mobile robots operating in challenging unmapped and dynamic environments.

Ken spends most of his spare time running after his small children, and explaining why the sun can move even though it has no legs.

Oliver Haanen

Oliver Haanen

Lead Robotics Engineer

Oli completed a mechatronics degree (mechanical and electrical/electronic systems) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand for a number of years, before the urge to build things and travel became too strong. Oli excels at electronic design, control system development, and generally getting robots to behave. He also implements the company’s IP strategy.

Oli has been instrumental in taking advanced robotics concepts that push the envelope in terms of sensing, perception and control, and delivering fully functional, highly automated systems.

In his spare time, Oli makes ludicrous wagers with his mates, leading to general mayhem.

Mike Snook

Mike Snook

Lead Designer

Mike joined Autonomous Devices in 2019 as Lead Designer. He has a broad technical background covering automotive, defence, medical and consumer products, with 10 years’ experience in the development of unmanned systems (including the creation of novel, bio-inspired flight technologies). He learned his early craft through hands-on prototyping and product development in Germany and the UK, gaining considerable experience of materials and processes including additive manufacture. Mike gained his Master of Design (MDes) from Cranfield C4D in 2013, which cemented his commitment to understanding product users and designing for real people.

Mike’s spare time is mainly taken up by 3D printing new parts to fix his children’s toys (and other things that just ‘need improving’…)

Aron Haraldsson

Aron Haraldsson

Robotics Engineer

Aron sprouted and basked in the cold and dark mountains of Iceland.

A 12 year career in the Danish Army includes 2 deployments to Afghanistan with Armoured Infantry (as a soldier and tank driver) and a deployment to Somalia with Electonic Warfare (as an operator).

He completed a BEng Robotics Engineer 1st class at Middlesex University in 2018, and joined Autonomous Devices in 2019.

Cayo Silva

Cayo Silva

Robotics Engineer

Cayo started his career as a Robotics Engineer at Autonomous Devices in 2020, right after finishing his MSc in Robotics and Computation within the Computer Science department at UCL. Cayo always had a deep passion for robotics and a desire to push the boundaries of the field, beginning with a Control and Automation Engineering degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in Brazil, and getting even more traction after a one year course of Electromechanical Engineering at the University of Southampton in the UK. Even before graduating, Cayo explored the field of robotics initially as an intern at the UFRJ Control Lab and later joining the university’s robotics competition team, where he developed his skills at electronic circuit design, programming and mechanics.

Cayo tends to be attracted to bright lights and loud repetitive noises, so at home he can usually be found creating bleeps and bloops on his blinking music machines. Sights of Cayo in the outside world are rare, but have been reported at places where the food is plentiful and the drinks are cheap.

Germano Henz

Germano Henz

Robotics Engineer

Germano completed an Automation and Control Engineering degree at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil, where he worked on R&D projects in the renewable energy field. Germano was granted a scholarship to study Mechatronics at the University of Glasgow for a year. During this period he also did a Summer Internship developing applications for a small domestic robot. After graduation Germano worked on experiential installations and activations where he was responsible for developing electronic and electromechanical systems. After a few years, the urge to move back to the UK was too strong and he joined Autonomous Devices as a Robotics Engineer in 2020.

In his spare time, Germano is either watching satisfying machining videos or planning his next trip.

Nektarios Sfyris

Nektarios Sfyris

Robotics Engineer

Nektarios got his Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete in Greece. After becoming the Team Manager at his University’s robotics team for the last of his 3 years of developing robotic systems and software, he decided that robotics is probably the right field for him (an easy win against becoming a fisherman or a comedian). He joined Autonomous Devices in 2019 as a Robotics Engineer, and has been eating all our fruit since then. His main areas of experise are Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM), Machine Vision and ROS.

In his spare time he tries to gain new knowledge by doing online courses, reading on emerging and novel technologies and developing autonomous systems. Nektarios is usually the guy in the room telling the cold jokes. When everyone is focused and serious he likes throwing random stuff into the conversation just so he can see everyone’s “confused” expression.

Yasmine Hawari

Yasmine Hawari

Robotics Engineer

Yasmine joined Autonomous Devices as a Robotics Engineer in 2020. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus area in robotics from the American University of Beirut. She first set eyes on robotics during her first year while messing with a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and it was love at first sight. Her final year project, a surgical knot-tying device, gave her the opportunity to work on coding and control while also designing unique pieces for the world’s most complex way to tie a simple knot. Since graduating, she was lured to the UK to join the team as a Robotics Engineer.

Yasmine’s spare time is often spent cycling and getting lost around MK, attempting to upgrade old meccano kits, and blowing off steam by playing pool when those projects don’t go according to plan.

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Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire, MK14 6GD
United Kingdom

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