My name is Travis DeWolf. I am a post-doc at the University of Waterloo, Canada, in the systems design engineering department. I study computational neuroscience. More specifically, I study motor control algorithms and modelling the neural control of movement. This is a blog for things I encounter while coding and researching neuroscience, motor control, and learning.

My GitHub: https://github.com/studywolf
My LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/travis-dewolf

You can reach me at travis.dewolf@gmail.com.


29 thoughts on “About

  1. sudochris says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for blogging! I find your content super useful as I take the core PhD robotics course at my university. I’m an undergrad taking this course so I spend a lot of time looking for explanations of things online to clarify. I’m thinking of starting my own blog like this soon

  2. Naveed Usmani says:

    Thank you man! for such awesome blog!

  3. fujicat says:

    Hi, I am an undergraduate student in Taiwan. And now I am working on a project of robotic arm control. This blog helps me a lot! Thanks ! Awesome!

  4. Omg, you got the same interests as i have! I got a Master in Robotics, will go for a PhD later in something robotics/AI related. I am currently studing machine learning and building a humanoid/biped in scale 1:1 on my spare time. So this blog is my insperation for new study material.

    Btw, have you seen this: http://ars-project.readthedocs.org/en/latest/ ?

    Keep up the good work!

    • travisdewolf says:

      I have not seen the ARS project before, thanks for the link! I noticed there hasn’t been a lot of activity on their page recently, do you know if it’s still actively under development?

      Thanks for the comment, please keep me updated on your work! I’ve been working on a paper / my thesis (deadline in December) the last few months so posts have slowed, but there will be a bunch of (hopefully) very interesting ones coming soon!

      • last commit occured 16days ago:
        So i think its still under some development.

        I am currently taking a deep dive into Nengo, looks great!

        Btw, saw that some of your nengo stuff in the repository required matlab is it possible to convert it to scilab? take a look at scilab and xcos it does alot of the things you can do with matlab and the syntax is almost the same.

      • travisdewolf says:

        I hope that you’re right and they’re still planning things for ARS! Thanks again for the link.

        We’re actually going to be releasing a fully Python version of Nengo soon, hopefully within the next month will have version 1.0 out! It’s much better / easier to work with, I’ve been using it for about a year myself now. And on that note rather than rewriting any Matlab code I think we’ll probably just wait to move over to the new code and have dropped any dependencies that aren’t free! 🙂 If you end up rewriting it yourself though please let me know!

  5. Michael Yip says:

    Hi Travis,

    Great work — I’m a PhD student at Stanford working in robotics, and did my undergrad in Mechatronics at UW. Glad to see great people there — will be looking forward to more on reinforcement learning. Your explanations of concepts are very transparent and easy to digest!

    • travisdewolf says:

      Hi Michael,
      Thanks! Glad you’ve enjoyed the posts, I’m hoping to have a few more RL posts in the near future. Also glad to see UW representing at Stanford! 😀 So much awesome stuff going on down there. Hope things are well!

  6. nicola says:

    Thank you Travis for your articles! I’m a student in Automation and Robotic Engineering in Pisa and your contents are very interesting and the perfect companion to pure theory. Awesome blog!!

  7. Rodrigo Nogueira says:

    Awesome blog!

  8. galactickatana says:

    Hello! Found this blog while trying to find reinforcement learning tutorials on the internet. Although I’m working in aerial robotics right now. I used to be OBSESSED with making it in computational neuroscience! However, what to do. Scarcity of academic resources…and people hardly take undergraduates too seriously back here.

    You may have inspired me to pick it up again! 😀

    Thanks for that! Lovely blog!

  9. Georgia says:

    Congratulations on the great blog!! I am a Robottics PhD student from NTUA Greece and found many many interesting articles from you that have not only hlped me understand many things but also helped deliver some knowledge to undergrads! You have also intrigued me into searching more about neurorobotics (currently working on human tracking and motion modelling). I started reading your posts from the beggining like taking a free course. Thank you once more! Wish you a great career!

    • travisdewolf says:

      Hi Georgia, thank you very much! I’m really glad that you’ve found the posts helpful / interesting 🙂
      Neuro-robotics are definitely a field it’s hard to get bored in! 😀
      Wish you a great career as well!

      • Georgia says:

        Thank you!!! 😊 I wish I could join the summer school you are offering! Sadly Canada is far away from Greece but I will give it a try to persuade my advisor!

      • travisdewolf says:

        🙂 You should definitely apply still!
        Sometimes there are funds available for supporting travel, if you mention it in the application you might be able to get some financial help!

      • Georgia says:

        Thank you very much for the info!!! I will definitely apply and we will see!!! ☺☺

  10. almeidaCT says:

    I’m glad I found your blog, very informative. Keep the great work.

  11. kurtstewart says:

    Wondering if you could make a search on your site, it would help navigation a whole lot. Thanks. Your stuff is cool thanks for sharing

  12. dawson_liu says:

    Your blog theme is very good, very simple and regular, people like to read. Is your blog theme open source? I like it very much and want to use your blog. thank you.

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