Robotic Sailing ⛵

Since 2016, I am an active member of the Sailing Team Darmstadt e.V. (est. 2008), which is a non-profit student group based in at the TU Darmstadt, Germany. Our goal is to develop fully autonomous sailing boats capable of navigating the open sea.

With kind permission from © Sailing Team Darmstadt e.V. More images can be found on Instagram: @sailingteam_darmstadt.

Software Contributions

Over the years, I spent countless hours developing software for the boat(s). While starting as a small tinkering project, we steadily grew it into a rather professional-like development effort driven by the growth in memberships. One of my main contributions there were the modularization of the large codebase that has grown over the years and the introduction of clear quality principles supported by extensive CI tools. Additionally, I developed (mostly in Python):

Most of the code is internal as of now but will be open-sourced eventually.

Member of the board

In addition to the technical contributions above, I also led the team in various ways over the years, including by: daily operations, membership recruitment, finance and sponsorings, multiple fair exhibitions, and strategic decisions.

  • 2017 — 2019: Treasurer (Finanzvorstand)
  • 2019 — 2020: Vice Chairperson (2. Vorsitzender)
  • 2020 — 2022: Chairperson (1. Vorsitzender)
  • 2022 — 2023: Member of the board (Beisitzer)