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Craig Eldershaw

Craig Eldershaw specializes in integrating and coordinating mechanical, electrical, and software design. With a broad background that encompasses supercomputing, robotics, digital electronics, and data-mining, Craig has transferred many of the competencies he has developed across a variety of projects.

Craig's early robotics work was applied at PARC in the U.S. Department of Defense-funded Modular Robotics project, and later for the NASA SuperBot project (for which he was Principal Investigator). He was also a major contributor to Xerox's parallel printing work (TIPP), which significantly applied modular concepts developed in his earlier work.

As a contibutor to PARC's Cleantech Innovation Program, Craig led software and electronics teams in designing a specialised manufacturing robot to build more efficient solar cells. He is also currently applying his expertise in modular systems towards distributed micro-grid technology.

In a  more specialised role, Craig is the mechanical lead for developing field-testing ready portable, digital, x-ray units for the U.S. Military.

Dr. Craig Eldershaw earned his Ph.D. from Oxford. With his diverse background, Craig concentrates his efforts "at the interface of different technical fields" -- which is where he believes the most interesting work takes place.



PARC publications

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Online reconfigurable machines

AI Magazine

Fall 2013


CO2 extraction from seawater using bipolar membrane electrodialysis

Energy & Environmental Science

February 2012


Integrated parallel printing systems with hypermodular architecture

IS&T-SPIE Electronic Imaging

24 January 2011


Hypermodular parallel printing systems


20 September 2009



Open loop climbing with modular robots

International Conference on Robotics and Automation

16 May 2006



STAM: a system of tracking and mapping in real environments

IEEE Wireless Communications

December 2004

Limbless conforming gaits with modular robots

9th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER '04)

16 June 2004

PolyBot and the PolyKinetic(tm) System: A modular robotic platform for education

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '04)

26 April 2004

An XML-based scripting language for chain-type modular robotic systems

8th Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-8)

10 March 2004


Phase automata: a programming model of locomotion gaits for scalable chain-type modular robots

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2003)

27 October 2003

Motion planning with narrow C-space passages

Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2003)

27 October 2003

Exploring and programming modular reconfigurable robotics (Tutorial)

IEEE/RSJ Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2003)

27 October 2003

Scalable and reconfigurable configurations and locomotion gaits for chain-type modular reconfigurable robots

IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation

16 July 2003


Connecting and disconnecting for chain self-reconfiguration with PolyBot

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics

December 2002

A platform for studying locomotion systems: modular self reconfigurable robots

NIST Workshop on Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS '02)

13 August 2002

Sensor computations in modular self-reconfigurable robots

International Symposium on Experimental Robotics 2002

8 July 2002

Modular self-reconfigurable robots

Robotics for Future Land Warfare Seminar and Workshop, Defence Science Technology Organisation

24 May 2002

Massively distributed control nets for modular self reconfigurable robots

AAAI Spring Symposium on Intelligent Distributed and Embedded Systems

25 March 2002


Modular reconfigurable robotics at PARC (Invited talk)

Titech COE/SMS Workshop

19 November 2001

Motion planning of legged vehicles in an unstructured environment

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2001)

21 May 2001






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New Technology could Identify and Sort Aluminum Scrap
15 June 2014 | Scrap

Researchers Create Printed Battery That Stores 40% More Energy
15 April 2011 | Discovery Treehugger

PARC Battery Electrode Breakthrough
1 April 2011 | Printed Electronics World



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9 February 2015 - 11 February 2015 | National Harbor, MD  

ISRI 2014 Convention and Exposition
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