Naresh graduated with Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) from JNTU Hyderabad, India in 2006. Before moving to Sweden in 2008, to pursue his masters in robotics, he worked as a lead software developer in India for about two years. He was awarded Master of Science (M.S.) in computer technology from the Orebro University, Sweden in 2010. During his span in Sweden, he worked on many real-time robotics research projects including a summer internship developing an electronic nose (e-nose) device to characterise explosive slam. He led the vision-guided robot localisation team during the integrated project work involving humanoid robot Nao. This was one of the first attempts to integrate such a robot with smart-home technology.
Later, in 2010, Naresh moved to France to work on his PhD thesis entitled “vision and visual servoing for nano-manipulation and nano-characterisation in scanning electron microsocope (SEM)”. His work was one of the first to use electron images for (semi-)automatic robotic applications. During PhD, he developed various computer vision tools and vision-guided robot control strategies for manipulating objects of size less than 10 microns. Due to the important contributions made to micro/nano-robotics community, his PhD thesis has been selected as one of the best PhD theses in the region Franche-Comté (finalist). After being awarded with PhD in automatic control from the University of Franche-Comté in 2013, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at FEMTO-ST institute, France for a year.
Before joining the Extreme Robotics Laboratory (ERL) as a senior research fellow in robotics in 2018, Naresh worked as a KTP robot vision scientist (funded by the Innovate UK) for three years embedded at KUKA Robotics UK Ltd, one of the worlds’ leading manufacturers of industrial robots. At KUKA, apart from transferring academic knowledge to the industry, and integrating vision systems for automatic control of large industrial robot arms, he was also responsible for developing bespoke multi-dimensional vision-guided techniques for real-time control/motion planning of industrial robots. His work on dynamic object manipulation with human-robot interaction has gained enormous positive feedback from both industry and academia. He was also involved in working closely with companies like Jaguar Land Rover, National Nuclear Lab etc.
Other than research, Dr. Marturi carries 12+ years of real-time cross-platform programming experience in various programming languages. His software application APROS3, which he developed during his PhD, is one of the first nanorobotics software enabling an electron microscope to be used for automatic robotic applications.