Rens is working on making the first full-scale model of Roboat sail autonomously. To achieve that goal, he develops both the hardware and software aspects of the project, building on the work of - and together with, the team at Senseable City Lab at MIT. Additionally, he collaborates with the various companies that are partners of the project to integrate their products.
Rens has a background in Industrial Design Engineering (BSc). He has an interest in robotics and automation. In the past, he has worked on exoskeleton technology, soft-robotics, 3D printing, and product development.
In addition to his work at AMS Institute, Rens is investing in his interest by working on various small DIY projects. Additionally, he is helping his previous project, Project MARCH, as part of the advisory group. He is also creating revice.org, an initiative to offer simple circular solutions for reusing mobile phones.
Amsterdam is showing an open-minded approach to urban problems and welcomes the involvement of researchers and professionals from various backgrounds in creating solutions. In particular, the Roboat project is at the forefront of urban solutions. This provides a broad range of unique challenges and opportunities for collaboration, which attracted Rens to participate.
“Autonomous technology will be an unimaginable driver of this world, participating at the forefront is magical.”
Mechatronics Engineer Roboat