Rodrigue de Schaetzen

I am an undergraduate student entering my final year at the University of British Columbia studying Computer Science and Physics. Given my combined specialization, I have experience in a wide range of topics including particle physics, machine learning, and robotics. Currently, I am participating in the ProjectX machine learning research competition focused on climate change. Our team recently submitted our proposal discussing the development of a real-time smoke detection model trained on the ALERTWildfire Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) fire camera network.

Below are short snippets of a few other experiences and projects.

Summer Student

This past summer I worked under Ian Mitchell as a summer student focusing on sampling-based Model Predictive Control (MPC) algorithms with applications to land-based robots. I built a scalable pipeline to train a feedforward neural network for a nonlinear prediction model in the control algorithm developed by Georgia Tech. I also configured an overhead vision system to collect vehicle truth state data.


I submitted my undergraduate thesis supervised by Alison Lister in April 2020. My work focused on improving the classification model for tagging displaced hadronic jets in the ATLAS calorimeter. The proposed addition of 1D Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) to a deep recurrent network achieved a ROC AUC score of 0.97; a 10% relative improvement over the previous model.

Internship Abroad

In July 2019, I completed my 15-month internship at the Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW) as a Cloud Robotics Intern. In addition to learning numerous technologies, I explored almost every corner of Switzerland and several parts of Europe. One of my tasks as an intern was to configure the software navigation stack on a robot platform designed for warehouse automation.


This section is for those looking for book recommendations.

  • Current book: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  • Previous book: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell


If you enjoy biking (specifically downhill biking) as much as I do, check out gf collective. We are a group of influential student ambassadors for outdoor sports!