From building autonomous drones and rovers, to helping us map the world with apps and websites: if it involves a computer interacting with the outdoors, I'm in.
Read about two of my favorite projects below, or check out all of my web apps, embedded systems, and Android apps here: pfiers.net/projects.
MSc Computer Science - Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff
2021 - 2022
Magna cum laude
Bachelor Applied Informatics - UCLL, Leuven
2018 - 2021
Magna cum laude
Professional Tutor - classgap.com and other platforms
I first started tutoring in 2019 for my then University, UCLL. Since then, I've taught over fifty students in computer science and software engineering topics through various organizations. You can read reviews by students on classgap.com.
Open Summer of Code - Intern Software Developer - osoc.be
Open Summer of Code is a 4-week summer programme focused on building open source projects of public utility. Commissioned by Brussels Mobility, my team and I built Cyclofix: A solution to map, present and integrate cycling infrastructure in Brussels.
i-Force, Aalst - Intern Computer Forensic Analyst - i-force.be
Student job at i-Force, a fraud and digital forensics company. During my time here I created tools to aid in data recovery and processing for servers affected by a cyber attack. I also gained practical experience with Palo Alto Firewalls and Kerberos.
NERF (IMEC), Leuven - Intern Research Software Developer - nerf.be
Internship at the NERF (Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders) neuroscience lab of professor Karl Farrow, during which I made “Kinect Mouse Tracker”, a computer vision application to track a mouse’s position in real-time using depth information.
Please do check out my projects in detail with links to source code and results on pfiers.net/projects. In addition to the two projects listed below, I've also developed Android apps, websites, and embedded systems.
Lakehopper - Deep Learning, Machine Vision, Python, Rust
Lakehopper is my vision for an autonomous drone that can fly indefinitely by hopping from one lake to the next, recharging its batteries each time using solar panels.
As my Master’s thesis, I developed Lakehopper’s high-level planning software. This system uses a convolutional neural network to identify lakes and buildings from aerial imagery. From this, it generates a navigation graph to calculate the best multi-hop paths between lakes. These paths avoid build-up areas and restricted airspace.
In my free time I’m working on the hardware of the drone. The first
version I developed unfortunately experienced a
disassembly on its maiden flight. I’m currently working on the
Pathy - Deep Learning, Machine Vision, Python, Robotics
Pathy is my Bachelor’s thesis project. It is a small tank-track rover that autonomously follows forest paths using a convolutional neural network. The network runs on the single board computer on the rover from a live webcam feed.
Through my undergraduate specialization in systems and networks and professional experience, I also developed a deep understanding of application and network security.
When I’m not programming I’m usually either hiking, climbing, geocaching or sailing. I also enjoy teaching others what I’ve learned. I’m a certified sailing coach and I tutor others in technological topics. Many of my projects are also inspired by my love for cartography and GIS. I’m a member of OSM Belgium and the OpenStreetMap Foundation, and I’ve contributed several apps and websites.