Meet Nathan Bartlett

Author: Jenny Hanson

This week’s blog post is the second entry of a six part series showing you the members that comprise Elite Robotics. Recently we’ve expanded our team and wanted to take the opportunity to introduce everyone individually. Today the spotlight is on Nathan Bartlett; one of three co-founders that created Elite Robotics in 2015.

Read on to learn all about Nathan, Chief Technology Officer:

How old are you and where are you from originally?

I am 25 years old, and have lived on the central coast my whole life, always close to the beach.

Where did you attend University and what did you study?

I completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics with First Class Honors at the University of Newcastle in 2014. Currently I am pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. My field of study is collision avoidance for autonomous ground vehicles, in particular simultaneous localization and mapping.

What made you decide to pursue a startup instead of other more traditional career paths?

I wanted to utilise my full set of engineering skills, which jobs on the market could not fulfil. Thus, I decided to create my own, giving myself a goal that was both rewarding and challenging. I want to make a footprint on the future, where my knowledge in autonomous vehicles could be utilised to improve the quality of life of others. I strongly believe Elite Robotics is where I can achieve this.

As co-founder & Chief Technology Officer for Elite Robotics, what do your duties consist of?

I am responsible for ensuring all engineering related matters are being completed as scheduled. Thankfully, I have an amazing team working alongside me that always delivers. Due to my studies, I am also in charge of the algorithms that allow the vehicle to maneuver and interact with the environment autonomously.

What peaked your interest in robotics/automation?

Ever since I was a kid I had a passion for building things and pulling things apart. It may sounds a little corny, but I watched a lot of science fiction, and seeing robots interact with humans and the environment seamlessly really fascinated me. So I decided to learn how to make such a robot reality.

Where is Elite Robotics currently, in terms of product development?

We have made significant progress. We are currently within the remote control and data collection phase. This is a crucial stage, as when it comes to autonomy, you need to ensure every intricate piece of the puzzle works. Thus, we have decided to first make the system remote controlled. From this stage we can collect necessary sensory information, and begin ensuring our algorithms will work as intended. Once validated, we can then adapt the system to be fully autonomous.

Biggest challenge for Elite Robotics?

Getting enough sleep. We are constantly striving to deliver the next generation of intelligent robotics so often, sleep is sacrificed.

Biggest triumph for Elite Robotics?

We recently received the MVP grant which was a massive triumph for our company. This highlighted that we do have the capability to become a global and successful business.

Most important lesson learnt through this process?

Surround yourself with dedicated individuals with the same passion and drive as yourself. Without these traits, your idea cannot bloom into a profitable business.

What are your goals for the future of Elite Robotics?

I intend for Elite Robotics to be a globally recognised company within the service robotics and autonomous vehicle industries. Robotics is the future, and I want to ensure we are leading the charge.

When you’re not busy designing the future of our cities, what do you do in your free time?

Pursuing a PhD and running a start-up are quite time consuming tasks. When I get free time I like to spend it outdoors, particularly around the beaches of the central coast with my girlfriend.

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