Update (November 2013): Big changes coming down the pipeline...
Travis Deyle is currently the co-founder of Lollipuff.com: an online auction site dedicated exclusively to women's designer clothes and accessories, where every item is authenticated by a team of experts. The site has received a lot of postive press attention, and continues to grow at ~20% month-over-month.
Prior to Lollipuff, Travis was working with his long-time mentor (Dr. Matt Reynolds) as a postdoc researcher at Duke University. Travis was supported by a prestigious NSF / CRA "Computing Innovation" (CI) Postdoc Fellowship. While at the Reynolds lab, Travis worked on cutting-edge backscatter wireless systems: wireless power harvesting and high-speed wireless data transfer akin to souped-up UHF RFID tags. Travis' work focused on a software-defined radio receiver to decode (in real-time) the high-speed biotelemetry signals reflected by a custom neuro-telemetry chip. This system was designed to capture high-fidelity neural signals from a dragonfly in flight -- aka, a "cyborg dragonfly" (details on Wired). Travis worked in the Reynolds Lab from Oct. 2011 to Dec. 2012.
Travis received his PhD in Fall 2011 from Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Travis was a member of the Healthcare Robotics Lab, where he studied under the tutelage of his advisor, Dr. Charles C. Kemp. His thesis was entitled, "Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) for Robot Perception and Mobile Manipulation." He holds a MS from Georgia Tech (2008) and dual-BS with quad-majors (EE, Comp-E, CS, Math) from the University of Nebraska (2005). For many years / summers he worked at Sandia National Labs in Livermore, CA.
Back in October 2010, Travis appeared on CNN's "The Big I" segment. Apparently doing a live robot demo (autonomous and sensorized!) is something of a rare and gutsy move! You can read more about the experience and watch the video over at Hizook.com. The producers requested some last minute functionality ("make the robot wave to the camera for the commercial break transition"), which resulted in some surreal robot programming sitting on CNN's news room floor... all while coverage of the Chilean miners crisis happens in the background.
Travis founded Hizook.com, a robotics website for academic and professional roboticists. The website has ~30k unique monthly visitors, over 3M cumulative YouTube viewers, and has been prominently featured on several major internet news outlets. Travis has been called "one of the world's top robotics bloggers" by IEEE Spectrum.
Travis has a penchant for science fiction novels and films. He hopes to one day pen a science fiction novel of his own, but in the meantime maintains a list of his scifi reading exploits (and is always on the lookout for new books / authors!). He is also an avid reader, consuming anything related to science, technology, and entrepreneurship.