David Black


PhD Student at the University of British Columbia

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I am a PhD Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada with a passion for robotics and medical physics, and various work and project experiences in both. Through my background in Engineering Physics coupled with my project work, I have gained a breadth of skills in software, mechanical, and electrical engineering, as well as a strong background in mathematics and physics. This unique skillset is ideal for robotics or medical physics applications and gives me a diverse knowledge of all aspects of the project so that I can jump in anywhere and communicate between all three disciplines of engineers as well as physicists.

Additionally, I am an avid skier, paragliding pilot, climber, and canyoneer (View some highlights). I am fluent (written and spoken) in English and German, play cello, follow the Bundesliga and Premier League, and love to travel. I am an efficient, motivated, hard worker and fast learner, and work well on teams. Below is a list of my experiences, education, etc.


May 2021 - Present
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Focus on Surgical Robotics and Teleoperation)

September 2016 - April 2021
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics
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Work Experience

April 2021 - Present
Co-Founder & Lead Engineer of Snowspines Inc.

May - September 2020
Robotics Engineer Co-op at A&K Robotics

May - December 2019
UBC Robotics and Control Lab Research Student

January 2018-April 2019
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Advanced Development Internship

September 2011 - April 2017
BC Soccer Referee

April - September 2016
Mountain Equipment Co-op Vancouver Floor Staff

Project Experience

July 2020 - Present
Mixed Reality Telemedicine (UBC Robotics & Control Lab)

September 2019 - April 2021
Robotic Anthropomorphic PET Phantom (BC Cancer Research Centre)

October 2019 - Present
Fluorescence Guided Neurosurgery Research with Prof. Dr. Walter Stummer at the University Hospital of Münster, Germany and Carl Zeiss Meditec AG.

August 2019
Custom Thermal Cycler Design for CellenONE single-cell isolator and dispenser (BC Cancer Research Centre)

July - August 2018
Autonomous Mobile Robot Competition (UBC Engineering Physics Robot Course)

September 2016 - December 2017
UBC Solar Car Vehicle Dynamics Team Lead




In May 2021 I also reviewed a paper for the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics on the topic of visual servoing and haptics in robotic laparoscopy.





Avid backcountry skier, rock climber, mountaineer (see here)
Fluent in German and English