Hey, I'm Gunnar

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Gunnar Beck Nelson

Hello everyone, my name is Gunnar, I am a motivated, high-energy software engineer, who strives with independent thought, a hunger for knowledge, and generosity for others. As an engineering graduate from Virginia Tech, I specialize in the following:

General Software Engineering

AI/Machine Learning for Comptuer Vision

Medical & General Robotics

3D Spaces

I also have a background in Human-Computer Interaction, with fullstack software engineering experience. Feel free to browse through a portfolio of my work!

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Projects & Publications

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  • AI/Machine Learning for Computer Vision
  • Medical & General Robotics
  • 3D Spaces
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Robotic Surgical Training

I started publishing the field of robotic surgery since undergrad, focusing on robotic surgical trianing, and how to improve such training for surgeons.

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Master Thesis: XMARCUS

The following work is my thesis which is a pathway towards third party development for machine learning modeling for comptuer vison applications in robotic surgery.

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Robot Sonification

In Virginia Tech's Mind Music Machine Lab, I am studied and synthesizing emotions to be expressed in humanoid robots, under the Social Robots' Emotive Factors project, while supervising undergraduates to publish.

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Robot Theater

Part of a community outreach program, I teach undergraduates how to code humanoid robots to perform a theater performance, while showcasing our work to local Title 1 Schools in SW Virginia.

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Machine Learning for Robotic Surgery Imaging

The TernausNet ML architecture, has been used to classify robotic surgery parts. My talk at the 2021 JSES, focuses on increasing the accuracy of TernausNet using a 40k neuphrectomy image dataset from Imperial College of London.

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Color Segmentation of Robotic Surgical Video

As part of my graduate computer vision class I had to focus on hue, saturation, and value metrics to evaluate three machine learning architecture models based on speed and accuracy.

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Surgical Simulation

Part of my research during graduate school studies was focusing on surgical simulation and third party development, with an HCI focus. Here is a paradimgn of the work focusing on surgical simulation and 3D enviornments for robotic surgery.

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Human AI Interaction for Robotic Surgery

Part of my work, as a big component of my thesis work was to create a custom annotated dataset fromIntel's CVAT tool and Open Vino Open Model Zoo framework. The following is in works for publication and its walkthrough is open to the public for usage.

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CAD Modeling for Robotic Surgical Training

For third party surgical simulation development, I was responsible for creating and simulating a 3D virtual environemnt for an in vivo diaphram dissection using Unity and Unreal Engine

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NERVE+Inc.

NERVE+Inc is currently a start-up, submitted to the Y combinator, which focuses on creating video games for surgeons. As a software engineering lead, I was responsible for scaling and showcasing the MVP.

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VAROS Technologies

As the TechLead for VAROS Technologies, I was responsible for spearheading the technical development, AR/United Dev, and operations for VAROS Tech. We acquired our first customer within one month of being onboarded.

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FUGUPOS

Using Unreal Engine for my AI Molecular Modeling class I developed a Web 3.0 workbench for pharmacutical cutomizations on new proteins, with viable applicaitons towards research and educaiton.

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Synergy Lab-UNET Architecture

During my time with the Synergy Lab at Virginia Tech, in undergad, I learned abou the UNET Architecture and played around with such variations of it for the goal purposes of low cost CT Imaging.

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Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

As part of my summer internship in 2021, I played around with the Microsoft Hololens, with blender files for healthcare applications utilizing virtual organs.

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AI/ROBOTICS CURRICULUM FOR TITLE 1 SCHOOLS

During COVID-19, I became a classroom assistant for a local Title 1 School to teach 3rd-5th graders about Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, in a hybrid setting, combining resources from the local university to showcase to students.

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International Web-Based Virtual Museum

While in grad school I worked with a team to develop a web-based virtual museum for the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka, Bangladesh to present to students.

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Virginia Tech Cyberbiosecurity Initative

During my time with the Cyberbiosecuirty Initiative, I focused on low cost machine learning applications using the MobileNet architecture to detect piracy using mobile phones.

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Real Estate Machine Learning

As a side project for machine learning tactics, with customized data analysis, I have a breadth of experience in sci-kit learn and tensorflow packages in python.

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If interested in connecting, feel free to reach out!