Lucas K Watson

A roboticist and maker. Interested in the applications of research, particularly in robotics and acoustics.

Who I am.

I work as a software engineer in planning and controls at Optimus Ride, an autonomous vehicle startup in Boston. Previously, I worked at Piaggio Fast Forward where I designed the controls system which dictates the motion dynamics of how gita follows a human.

I recently completed my Master's coursework at Boston University where I specialized in robotics and controls. I also recently graduated with my BS in Mechanical Engineering from BU where I focused my coursework in acoustics, robotics, and controls.


I'm excited by the interaction of software and hardware; especially robotics. I particularly enjoy working in motion planning, controls, and perception.

I'm also drawn to acoustics, and continue to conduct research in the Physical Acoustics Lab at BU under Professor Holt.

When I manage to find free time, I tinker with small hardware projects. I also produce a podcast, play the clarinet, and enjoy photography (especially film).




  • Software Engineer, Planning and Controls — Optimus Ride
  • Research Assistant — Physical Acoustics Lab


  • Robot Software Intern — Piaggio Fast Forward
  • Research — UROP, College of Engineering
  • Learning Assistant — BU Physics Department
  • Mentor — Technology Innovation Scholars Program (TISP)
  • Mentor — FIRST Robotics (via TISP)
  • IT Technician / Web Developer — MEFA
  • Part Designer — Freelance





  • Python, C++, NodeJS, MATLAB
  • bash, git, CMake, CD/CI tools
  • Linux server administration

  • Platforms and frameworks
  • OpenCV
  • Caffe, TensorFlow
  • Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Point Cloud Library (PCL)

  • Controls
  • Simulink
  • Analytical modeling
  • Linear and nonlinear control theory
  • Numerical simulation of nonlinear systems
  • Motion planning

  • Mechanical engineering
  • CNC milling and turning
  • Autodesk, Fusion 360 (CAD)
  • GibbsCAM
  • Product design

Websites I've created.