Ian received his BE and PhD in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of University of Auckland in 2007 and 2011 respectively. His PhD research focused on applying mixed reality techniques to enhance robot simulations, creating a world where robots are capable of sensing and physically interacting with virtual objects. He also developed augmented reality systems for real time visualization of robot sensory and task-relevant information.
Prior to joining OSRF, he was a software engineer at Nokia where he contributed to the open source Qt framework. Before that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Auckland during which he worked on visualization, 3D perception, and human-robot interaction projects. His key research interests are in mixed reality, augmented reality tracking, and robot simulation.