Emily Toop (@fluffyemily)
I am a software developer who specializes in server side Java applications, although I've also developed in PHP, python, C#, C++ and C. I am currently working for a software house in Brighton supplying Intelligent Network applications to telecoms provider throughout the world, offering number translation services and VOIP teleconferencing.
My passion, however, is robots. After studying CSAI at Sussex University, and after several years of being too scared to get started, I finally got up the courage last year to start getting involved in robotics. In the intervening months, I have built six robots, each steadily getting more complex as I learn. I am currently finishing off my first walking robot and am looking forward to starting my most challenging project yet - a hexapod!
When I first started building robots, I hunted around Brighton and the surrounding area for a robotics group to join, so that I could meet other hobbyists and learn from them. After months of searching it became apparent that nothing like it existed, so I started Brighton Robotics, an online group for roboticists, which also meets up to twice a month at The Skiff for hack nights, talks from experienced roboticists and tutorials.
Since starting the group I have discovered a further passion for educating others and inspiring people to get into robotics. I am now concentrating on growing the educational side of Brighton Robotics and working towards bringing tutorials and workshops to BuildBrighton.
I am one of the founding members of BuildBrighton and have happily brought many of my members from Brighton Robotics into the BuildBrighton fold. I blog sporadically on my robot building efforts as robochick.