Brendan Donovan graduated from MIT in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, concentrating in control systems and mechatronics. While at MIT he was involved with a number of research projects in the area of marine robotics. These included an Autonomous Shark Tracking Boat and an Undulating Fin Propulsion System modelled after the Knife Fish.
Subsequent to MIT, Brendan worked for two years at Kearfott Guidance and Navigation Corporation in their Research and Development department. While there, he focussed on the development of automated systems for Ring Laser Gyroscope manufacture.
Brendan joined Media Lab Europe in September 2000 and is a member of the Everyday Learning group. He has been involved in several different projects including the development of the physical interface of Dino Stable, an environment for experimenting with the role of centre of mass in balancing. He was also involved in the design and implementation of Birdcase, an interactive avian audio installation situated within a flight of stairs. Most Recently, his contributions to Electro Jewellery enabled people to experiment with time sequences in the form of changing light patterns.
Brendan is currently working on two projects, dealing with time and space as they relate to travel. The first is a system, entitled 'Wait Lifter', which aims to help commuters get to their bus stops just in time to catch the bus. The second project, 'Amble Time', is a PDA-based map that helps a pedestrian to navigate a city while under certain time constraints. In addition to the immediate practical uses of these devices, Brendan is also interested in investigating how people think about time and distance, and how the use of positioning technology might affect their understandings.