Christopher Vo

Christopher Vo

Robotics Researcher

Location
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Industry
Computer Software

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Christopher Vo's Overview

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  • IT Infrastructure Manager at Independent Contractor
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Christopher Vo's Summary

Robotics researcher, skilled programmer, and experienced IT director.

Currently researching robustness, scalability, and performance in robotic motion planning. Significant experience with robotics software, electronics, and hardware. Developed both humanoid robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). More than 12 years work experience with IT management, as well as Linux and Windows server administration.

Research Web Page: http://masc.cs.gmu.edu/wiki/ChristopherVo

Christopher Vo's Experience

Founder

IrixMedia LLC

Public Company; Myself Only; Computer Software industry

February 2014Present (8 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

We do hardware and software engineering for robots (particularly Small Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS/UAV). We also develop custom circuitry and PCB designs, build-to-order drones, parts sourcing / logistics / resale, and aerial video and 2D/3D mapping services. Customers include DoD and Universities.

Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

George Mason University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2007Present (7 years 2 months) Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Research in the field of multi-agent and crowd motion planning under the direction of Jyh-Ming Lien. Examples include shepherding and pursuit. Along the way, I developed a lot of hardware, software algorithms, and electronics for all sorts of UAVs, humanoid, and wheeled robots.

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Aviation & Aerospace industry

August 2012Present (2 years 2 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

President of the mid-Atlantic's largest organization related to small low-cost UAV / sUAS technology. Provided technical support in aerial robotics technology. Organized numerous workshops, tutorials, and demonstrations on building and flying robots. Developed and sold kits for makers to build their own flying robots. Served as Director of Education since 2012, and accepted the role of President in 2014.

IT Infrastructure Manager

Independent Contractor

January 2012Present (2 years 9 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Independent contractor, performing IT installation, maintenance, and support services for healthcare providers in the D.C. Metro Area.
- Hardware, wiring, and office equipment installation - Cat6 wiring and termination, A/V wiring, surveillance cameras, ceiling-mounted video monitors, electronic security locks - all up to standards and building code.
- Network implementation (Windows and Linux server) and remote support, performance monitoring and optimization, implementation of backups (including cloud backup) and security enhancements.
- Software installation and support - including dental practice management and imaging software (Dentrix, Dexis, EagleSoft)
- Minor handyman tasks - painting, locksmithing and security, electrical, drywall repair, etc.

Director of Information Technology

Altos Federal Group / Sentrillion

Government Agency; 51-200 employees; Staffing and Recruiting industry

June 2001June 2013 (12 years 1 month) Reston, Virginia

I was at Altos since its foundation on 16th Street in Washington DC. Since then, I have been leading technology strategy, infrastructure design, and systems administration for the corporate headquarters and satellite offices as the business grew, relocated twice, and was acquired.

Over the years, I have developed a network infrastructure on diverse platforms --- both Linux (BIND9, Postfix, MailScanner, Samba, Apache, DHCP, OpenLDAP), and Microsoft technologies (Windows Server Active Directory, Terminal Server, Exchange, MS-SQL). I've administered a telecom-heavy environment (VPN, Ethernet, T1/PRI, VoIP telephony), and designed and documented the Altos technology-based recruiting process.

I also developed a wide variety of web applications (Internal and external applications in Python, PHP, and Java), including SQL database development (MySQL, PostgreSQL).

As a graphic artist I have designed and produced Altos's printed marketing collateral (color, layout, illustration, writing). I designed Altos Group logo, web site, and many other aspects of the corporate identity. On an ongoing basis, I also developed graphics for Altos as needed for proposals, web, and marketing. I also maintained the several web sites for Altos' parent company, Sentrillion.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA)

George Mason University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2011May 2012 (9 months)

Teaching assistant for CS 480 (Artificial Intelligence) and CS 112 (Computer Science 1). Helped beginner students with Lisp and Python and simple algorithms. Taught weekly lab lectures and filled in for the professor for the main lectures in CS 112. Received high ratings from students.

Co-Founder

Lightpost Software

August 2009September 2010 (1 year 2 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Co-founded small software development company with an emphasis on managing information overload. Developed front-end interfaces using ObjectiveJ/Cappuccino and multiobjective optimization algorithms for a cloud-based intelligent shift-scheduling system.

Mathematics Tutor

George Mason University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

20032006 (3 years)

Tutored in Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Math, Geometry, and Algebra. Provided help on a walk-in basis.

Christopher Vo's Education

George Mason University

Ph.D., Computer Science

20072014

Recipient of the Presidential Fellowship. Recipient of the IMC Inc. Suneeth Nayak Scholarship. Current research interests include robotics, motion planning, and simulation.

Activities and Societies: RoboCup, Coach and Advisor for ACM ICPC teams, VSA

George Mason University

Master, Computer Science

20062007

Honors Program. Northern Virginia Technology Conference (NVTC) Bannister Scholar (2004 and 2005). Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Scholar (2006). Graduated summa cum laude, BS in Computer Science (2006). Volgenau School of IT&E Most Outstanding Undergraduate (valedictorian) (2006). Perpetual Dean's List (all semesters). Computer Science Most Outstanding Graduate Student (2007).

Activities and Societies: ACM ICPC, Member of Executive Council of Student Government, NSCS, Applied Robotics Club, Linux Users Group

Christopher Vo's Skills & Expertise

  1. Java
  2. C++
  3. Linux
  4. Software Development
  5. Algorithms
  6. Python
  7. C
  8. Web Development
  9. MySQL
  10. Apache
  11. Robotics
  12. Embedded C
  13. IT Management
  14. Event Photography
  15. Portrait Photography
  16. Studio Photography
  17. SQL
  18. Programming
  19. Computer Science
  20. CAD/CAM
  21. Software Engineering
  22. Embedded Systems
  23. Simulations
  24. UAV
  25. Drones
  26. Web Applications
  27. Artificial Intelligence

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Christopher Vo's Additional Information

Interests:

Photography, Video, Building Stuff, Enriching Mind, Expanding Horizons, Relaxing

Groups and Associations:

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), GMU Autonomous Robotics Laboratory, Linux Users Group, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Motion and Shape Computing Group (MASC)

Christopher Vo's Publications

Christopher Vo's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Vietnamese

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • French

    (Limited working proficiency)

Christopher Vo's Projects

  • Miss Vietnam DC Pageant

    • July 2011 to Present
    Team Members: Christopher Vo, Ricky Lin, Nhut Pho, Lisa Huynh, Isaac Rothstein

    I was the official event photographer and photo editor for the Miss Vietnam DC pageant two years in a row. Produced the photos and layout for a calendar, and performed some other administrative volunteer work.

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