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Fernando Cladera Mechatronic Engineer

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What does it take to be a roboticist? Coding? Mechanical design? Control system engineering? Electronics and embedded systems? A holistic approach is required, with a combination of both practical and theoretical knowledge!

I am currently pursuing an MSE in Robotics at Penn, where I am focusing on mobile robots. Specifically, I am interested in accelerating computing-intensive applications in autonomous robots.

Pragmatic and innovative are the adjectives that describe me best: I always look into new ideas, methods, and technologies to improve my projects and work.

Do not hesitate to contact me!

Professional experience

2016

CTO - Embedded Software Engineering Solutions

TOROID

TOROID is a IT consulting firm, focused in the development of turn-key solutions in embedded systems.

As a CTO, I was involved in the following projects:

  • The firmware of IoT P2P video cameras, a SIP endpoint running on custom embedded Linux.
  • A low-cost acceleration data logger with real-time capabilities, used to evaluate vibrations in engineering models (link).

In addition, I collaborated with the following projecs:

  • The development of LiPo battery chargers for educational robotics and personal transportation applications.
2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Microcontrollers and Power Electronics
UNCuyo

Microcontrollers and Power Electronics is a compulsory course of the Mechatronics Engineer's Degree at UNCuyo. This course is centered on microcontroller theory, programming, microcontroller peripherals, serial bus communications, and fundamentals of power electronics.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, I am responsible for the lecture about programmable logic devices and VHDL. Additionally, I develop PCB prototypes with microcontrollers and CPLDs.

2014

Engineer Internship

Automatic Control Lab
UNCuyo

The Automatic Control Lab (School of Engineering - UNCuyo) teaches process control methods to undergraduate students in mechatronics, industrial and petroleum engineering. In addition, the Lab does applied research in process control applications for petroleum and wine industries.

During this internship, I built three PLC trainers using Twido 20DTK modules. Students use these trainers to learn the basis of PLC and SCADA programming.

2013

Research internship

Cairn Team
IRISA/Inria

The Cairn project-team researches new architectures, algorithms and design methods for flexible and energy efficiency domain-specific system-on-chip (SoC).

The aim of this internship was to develop a fixed-point energy-optimized OFDM receiver. The energy savings were estimated in two platforms (FPGA, ARM7). Preliminary results show that up to 60% of the energy can be saved using this adaptive technique.

Cairn website

Education

2019

M.S.E. Candidate

Robotics (ROBO)

University of Pennsylvania

I am currently enrolled as a full time student in the ROBO M.S.E. I am taking courses in the following fields:

  • Machine Learning
  • Computer vision
  • Learning in Robotics

GRASP ROBO M.S.E. website

2014

Engineer's Degree

Mechatronics

UNCuyo

Average: 9.39/10

Best Student Award 2014 of the School of Engineering

UNCuyo (Universidad Nacional de Cuyo) is a national public university located in Mendoza, Argentina.

I obtained this degree after 11 academic semesters, including a final project and an internship. This degree program is centered on robotics, automation, real-time systems, mechanical design and manufacturing.

Due to my academic performance at UNCuyo, I was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Double Degree Exchange Scholarship at ENIB (École nationale d'ingénieurs de Brest).

UNCuyo Official website (Spanish)

ENIB Official website (French)

2013

Master Degree

SISEA

Université de Rennes 1

Ranked 1/18

SISEA stands for Signal, Image, Embedded Systems and Automatics. This Master of Science (M2R in France) is conducted by the University of Rennes 1 and the Advanced National College of Applied Science and Technology (ENSSAT), Lannion, France.

The branch Embedded Systems is centered on embedded systems applied to signal processing and telecommunication applications.

Official Master website (French)

ENSSAT website

Skills

  • C
  • Matlab
  • Python
  • Java
  • SQL (PostgreSQL, SQLite)
  • GUI (QT, Swing)
  • Android
  • Docker
  • Git
  • GNU/Linux
  • Embedded Linux
  • RTOS (FreeRTOS, ChibiOS)
  • 32-bit MCUs (STM32F0/4, LPC2292, AT90SAM7ARM7)
  • 8-bit MCUs (Atmel megaAVR, Microchip PIC 18F)
  • FPGAs and CPLDs (Altera MAX II, Xilinx Virtex 5/6)
  • Signal processing and DSPs (TI TMS320)
  • PCB design (KiCad)
  • Communication interfaces (CAN, I2C, SPI, 1-Wire)
  • CAD - CAM (CATIA, FreeCAD)
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics actuators
  • Mechanical vibrations
  • Fluid mechanics
  • 3D printing
  • Machining
  • Discrete, continuous and hybrid systems
  • System modelling
  • PLCs
  • SCADA
  • Sensors and instrumentation

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Publications

Please refer to HAL open archive

International Conferences

  • Channel-Aware Energy Optimization of OFDM Receivers Using Dynamic Precision Scaling in FPGAs

    Fernando Cladera, Matthieu Gautier, and Olivier Sentieys,

    In 23rd European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2015), pages 1571-1575, Aug.-Sept. 2015

  • Energy-Aware Computing via Adaptive Precision under Performance Constraints in OFDM Wireless Receivers

    Fernando Cladera, Matthieu Gautier, and Olivier Sentieys,

    In IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI 2015), pages 591-596, July 2015

Some recent projects

  • All
  • Electronics
  • Automation
  • Code
  • Acceleration Data Logger project avatar
    Acceleration Data Logger
  • Level Control Trainer project avatar
    Level Control Trainer
  • DPS OFDM project avatar
    DPS OFDM Receivers
  • SAM7H256 project avatar
    FreeRTOS SAM7-H256
  • Xbee project avatar
    Xbee Switch
  • Qriro project avatar
    Qriro

Contact

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