Rohan Agrawal: 12-year-old Robotics Genius

Rohan Agrawal

Twelve – is such a brilliant age of ‘Pretty Monsters’ to feel immersed in the most exhilarating moments and be overwhelmed on the battlefield of Masty (enjoyment) but this self-taught wunderkind Rohan Agrawal is stuck in his mini-studio of his garage, busy making robotics straight from scratch. He has made his name in Silicon Valley’s tech community, he says, “Robotics is my intense passion that overrides me with surprises in every step. You do all of your work… and then all of a sudden something comes alive.”

At the young age of four, Rohan expressed his interest in HTML, designed his own website and started creating his own structure using K’nex. It was the time when his mother initiated his interest by introducing him to Google. Soon he found Google and YouTube to be interesting tool for searching all of the required information. His extreme curiosity led him to discovering the various excellent fields of robotics, coding and computer programming. By the age of ten he became a member of community that emphasizes on exploring technological advances called Hacker Dojo. Besides teaching himself some advanced computer programs like Linux and ROS, he has written an IPhone App.
In 2013, he did an internship at a Silicon Valley robotics firm OLogic, which is best known for creating robots for Disney and Google. Here he surprised everyone with his experimentation of a variation of the roomba, the iRobot-made self-directed navigation device generally used for cleaning and vacuuming, using simultaneous localization and mapping. His machine, besides sweeping and cleaning, could go different places inside the office and deliver chips and snack.

Mike Thompson, OLogic’s vice president of engineering, ‘He has stunned us with his knowledge and drive. What I believe he will not only encourage young tech starts but also will continue to wonder the tech world with his creative solution.’

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