Ken Wahren (Founder and CEO)
Ken has a long and highly successful track record in developing unmanned systems for the Air, Land and Maritime domains. In 2008 he developed two Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) types for the winning entry in the UK MoD’s Grand Challenge for autonomous systems. In 2010 he led feasibility work which established the principles of a novel maritime UAV concept, which later evolved into a major Anglo-French Technology Demonstrator Programme. 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. He has delivered numerous R&T projects in Defence, Security and Energy, working within a number of programmes. He is currently completing a PhD at Imperial College, for which he has developed novel motion planning approaches for autonomous vehicles, having won an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to fund his studies. Although he has spent over a decade developing innovative unmanned systems, prior to this he spent five years producing award-winning maritime planning and e-Navigation software that accurately models the response of commercial shipping vessels to measured and predicted wind, wave and tide conditions, based on each ship’s geometry and load state.
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 (Robotics Engineer)
Oli joined Autonomous Devices as a Robotics Engineer in 2015, having completed a mechatronics degree (mechanical and electrical/electronic systems) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Oli 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, and implements the company’s IP strategy.
In his spare time, Oli makes ludicrous wagers with his mates, leading to general mayhem.
Pawel Petruch (Robotics Engineer)
Pawel started his adventure as a Robotics Engineer at Autonomous Devices in 2018. He is currently studying for an MSc in Robotics and Computation within the Computer Science Department at UCL, having previously completed a Mechanical Engineering degree at Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland. Pawel worked for a number of companies during his undergraduate studies and shortly after graduation he moved to Britain to conquer the island, triggering Brexit. Bored with big R&D departments he decided to try a start-up where he works on mechanical solutions and software for some pretty unusual robots.
Pawel is a current record holder in the office for most pull-ups and is probably the best darts player as well (a claim he consistently fails to back up with performance). Apart from power-naps he likes cycling and working out at the gym.