Melanie Dumas, Josh O'Briant, & Bill Kehaly wait for perfect sunset shot.
Chief Information Officer
Melanie Dumas works with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego . She has a unique approach to robot building - combining the world class algorithms produced by the university with the practical knowledge acquired from of years of competitive robotics.
She currently works for ITT Industries, enhancing speech recognition engines in high noise environments such as M1A2 tanks.
The DARPA Grand Challenge arrives at a point in Melanie's life where she
is ready to apply all her
years of artificial intelligence, robotics, and psychology studies into a concrete application, culminating into a vehicle that will intelligently traverse the race course DARPA creates.
As Chief Information Officer, Ms. Dumas leads a team that manages the work of all the sub-teams.
Utilizing code developed by Melanie's team, Axion Racing
is able to quickly manage all of the data provided by the team's UAV toolbox.
Weighing, filtering, and manipulating large streams of data will allow Ms. Dumas'
team to provide intelligent commands to the systems and mechanical sub-teams.
has four teams of three or more individuals that help her
create exciting technology.
Melanie was the only female Chief Information Officer at the 2004 DARPA Qualifying, Information, and Demonstration (QID) held in Fontana.
leadership allowed the the autonomous Spirit to be one of only seven teams to "officially qualify" for the March 13, 2004 Grand Challenge.