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We provide planning and decision making technologies for self-driving vehicles.

Hello from RobotWits. We are a Pittsburgh-based technology company focused on self-driving solutions. Watch our video to learn more.

Introducing ADPT Drive

ADPT Drive is the first product that presents an advanced modular solution to planning and decision-making problem for self-driving vehicles.

  • ADPT Drive is the first product that presents an advanced modular solution to planning and decision-making problem for self-driving vehicles.
  • ADPT Drive provides robust motion planning and intelligent decision making in complex, uncertain environments, by combining the power of state-of-the-art planning algorithms and emerging machine learning technologies.
  • Fine-tuned for highway driving, ADPT Drive is integration-ready to empower self-driving vehicle platforms for all highway scenarios. ADPT Drive has potential for deployment in urban environments.
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Our Technologies

Planning is a critical component of any self-driving system. We specialize in developing state-of-the-art technologies for a diverse set of autonomous decision making tasks, including route planning, high-speed motion planning on highways, planning under uncertainty, predicting the intentions of dynamic elements on the road such as other vehicles and pedestrians. Below are some of our systems in action.

High-Speed Motion Planning on the Highway

Our planning algorithm generates safe and comfortable motions for self-driving vehicles traveling at high-speeds. Our algorithm can negotiate difficult situations encountered on the highway with high levels of safety, comfortability, and reliability.

Real-time Prediction of Intentions

Our prediction algorithms analyze surrounding vehicles, pedestrians, and other dynamic objects in the environment to determine their intentions. Being able to reliably predict future intentions is integral to the performance of a self-driving vehicle.

Robust Planning in Uncertain Environments

Taking into account uncertainty about the intentions of other objects around a self-driving vehicle (e.g. pedestrians, other vehicles, bicyclists) is critical to making safe and comfortable decisions. We have developed novel algorithms that plan efficiently while explicitly reasoning about the uncertainty in the environment surrounding the self-driving vehicle.

Route Planning

Our route planning algorithms generate a long-term plan from a start location to a destination location, taking into account traffic information, road closures, detours, etc. and adjusts the route of the self-driving vehicle accordingly. We employ state-of-the-art search algorithms that allow us to find routes over large road networks in real-time.

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Behind The People

RobotWits is comprised of skilled and diverse specialists that share a passion for creating technologies of the future—for billions of people.

Maxim Likhachev

Founder and CEO

Maxim Likhachev

Founder and CEO

Maxim is an Associate Professor with the Robotics Institute and National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), both part of School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Computer and Information Science department at University of Pennsylvania and a member of the GRASP laboratory.

Mike Cannon

Business Development

Mike Cannon

Business Development

Mike works on business & partnership development for RobotWits. Previously he worked in sales and business development for Willis Towers Watson, Liazon and Paychex.

Jonathan Butzke

Lead Robotics Researcher

Jonathan Butzke

Lead Robotics Researcher

Jonathan’s primary responsibility is teaching programmers the intricacies of planning for autonomous vehicles. He obtained his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University where he worked in the Search-Based Planning Lab. His research activities include aerial and ground vehicle coordination, exploration of unknown environments, and the hardware design of numerous robots. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, Jonathan was a submarine officer.

Dan DeLano

Sr. Robotics Researcher

Dan DeLano

Sr. Robotics Researcher

Dan works on designing, developing, and testing planning and decision making systems at RobotWits. He has six years of coding experience, primarily in DevOps and autonomous driving. He graduated from UCSB in 2009 with a degree in Physics and is currently pursuing a Masters in Computer Science through the OMSCS program at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Abhinav Kunapareddy

Robotics Researcher

Abhinav Kunapareddy

Robotics Researcher

Abhinav works on developing new and extending existing planning and prediction technologies for a self-driving vehicle as well as on the integration of such algorithms onto a physical full-scale vehicle. He obtained his Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 where he was a member of the Autonomous Systems, Control and Optimization (ASCO) and Locomotion in Mechanical and Biological Systems (LIMBS) labs.

Savio Pereira

Robotics Researcher

Savio Pereira

Robotics Researcher

Savio works on cooperative planning systems and planning for urban scenarios for RobotWits. He graduated from the University of Pune with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Following that he went on to obtain his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Virgina Tech where he was a member of the Vehicle Terrain Performance Laboratory (VTPL).

Alla Safonova

Project Manager

Alla Safonova

Project Manager

Alla brings expertise in computer graphics, interfaces, visualization and robotics. Prior to joining RobotWits, Alla worked as an Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania. Alla holds her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and Master's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, both in Computer Science.

Ellis Ratner

Senior Robotics Researcher

Ellis Ratner

Senior Robotics Researcher

Ellis works on prediction, planning and decision making systems at RobotWits. Previously, Ellis was a member of the Search-Based Planning Lab (SBPL) at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.

Ramkumar Natarajan

Robotics Researcher

Ramkumar Natarajan

Robotics Researcher

Ram develops optimization algorithms for planning and decision making and designs fail-operational architecture for planning subsystem in self-driving vehicles. He obtained his Master's in Robotics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2017 working alongside at a robotics startup in perception and autonomy systems of a retail store robot. Previously, Ram was a member of Reconfigurable and Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) group at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.

Careers

If you are excited about our technology and want to be a part of RobotWits LLC, please email mike@robotwits.com with your CV/resume.

Software Engineer

Motion Planning

RobotWits is currently seeking an experienced software engineer passionate about developing and deploying robust software systems for prediction, planning, and decision making on self-driving vehicles.

Software Engineer, Motion Planning


Job Description

RobotWits is currently seeking an experienced software engineer passionate about developing and deploying robust software systems for prediction, planning, and decision making on self-driving vehicles. We are looking for programmers who thrive in a fast-paced, small-team environment, and are able to quickly learn and apply new skills in the development of improved self-driving car planning algorithms. We are looking for an experienced candidate who will quickly become an integral part of the team and who is eager to be a key contributor to our core technologies.

Our Stack

C++, ROS, Python, Jenkins, Docker and much more

Requirements

  • 3-7 years of programming experience
  • Strong software development skills
  • Familiarity with Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Experience implementing planning algorithms such as A*
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques such as Bayesian Regression, Ensemble learning methods, boosting, etc.

How to apply

Please email mike@robotwits.com with your CV/resume.

Software Engineer

Generalist

We're seeking experienced software engineers passionate about developing robust software systems. We're looking for programmers that design, develop, test, deploy, maintain, and improve software.

Software Engineer, Generalist


Job Description

RobotWits is currently seeking an experienced software engineer passionate about developing and deploying robust software systems. We are looking for programmers that can design and implement production level code, design robust testing stacks, and optimize our current codebase. You must thrive in a fast-paced, small-team environment, and be able to quickly learn and apply new skills in the development of self-driving car algorithms. We are looking for an experienced candidate who will quickly become an integral part of the team and who is eager to be a key contributor to our core technologies.

Our Stack

C++, ROS, Python, Jenkins, Docker and much more

Requirements

  • 3-7 years of programming experience
  • Strong software development skills
  • Familiarity with Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Experience implementing planning algorithms such as A*
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques such as Bayesian Regression, Ensemble learning methods, boosting, etc.

How to apply

Please email mike@robotwits.com with your CV/resume.

Open Application

Generalist

Interested in working with RobotWits but not sure if there is an open role that fits your needs? We're always interested in meeting skilled and passionate individuals. Let's connect.

Open Application


Overview

We are always looking for the best talent. If you do not see a particular job description that meets your interests or skillset but would like to submit a resume and application for future consideration, we welcome you to do so.

Please specify your discipline when applying:

  • Art/Design
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • QA
  • Operations

How to apply

Please email mike@robotwits.com with your CV/resume.

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