My bother Martin Cooney is currently studying robotics at Osaka University in Japan. He just finished his Master’s with flying colors and is now working on getting published and possibly a doctorate! Quite impressive!
Martin’s Master’s thesis is titled “Recognition of ‘full-body gestures’ using inertial sensors for playful interaction with small humanoid”. He is constantly working on new and interesting projects and enjoys building robots as a hobby.
One of his undergraduate computer science projects was quite interesting as well. He was working on modelling group dynamics among Wolves and Muskoxen in a research topic called “Wolf-muskox interaction in the Arctic (Wolves red, Muskoxen brown, lake blue)”. His project was written in c++ and was quite interesting from both a code perspective as well as from the perspective of the rules involved surrounding individual sprites behaviors when part of a group and how this affects the group as a whole.
Here is a link to his current homepage: http://www.martin-cooney.com
And here is his old homepage: http://space.geocities.jp/martin_d_cooney/robots.html