Electrical and Computer Engineer
Kevin DeMarco received both his B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2008) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His graduate work in control theory, dynamical systems, and embedded systems led him to accept a position as a Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), where he developed embedded systems for the control and monitoring of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy Electronic Warfare systems. In the Fall of 2012, Kevin DeMarco became a full-time Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD student at Georgia Tech, where he focused on developing autonomous maritime systems for both surface and underwater robotic platforms. His particular research interests in the maritime surface domain are vessel intent recognition and International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) behaviors. In the underwater domain, Kevin is interested in Underwater Human-Robot Interaction (UHRI) to enable human-robot teaming. Of particular interest in UHRI is providing the robot a high-level of autonomy, such that the robot can provide assistance to the human by inferring the human’s intent. Outside of Kevin’s academic pursuits, he spends his time developing human-computer interfaces for music technology performances in order to integrate traditional musical instruments into modern electronic music.
Kevin DeMarco disassembles the entertainer | audience barrier through technologically interactive art installations and live performances. DeMarco takes advantage of the audience’s readily available human-computer interfaces (smart-phones) to allow them to interact with the installation as well as point out their damage to social engagements and society. In addition to smart-phones, DeMarco also makes use of projectors, Kinect sensors, and video cameras integrated with custom hardware and software to create visually stimulating and original installations.