Madison Fortenberry is a 17 year old senior at Pace High School in Pace Florida. He has been pursuing his interests in science and technology from an early age. Madison has experience with multiple operating systems and computer languages though he favors Java and several dialects of the Basic language. He works with multiple types of micro controllers and designs and builds electronic and mechanical devices and subsystems for the various robotics and other projects he is involved with. He designed and built VGER an advanced autonomously operating robot and teaches basic electronics and micro controller programming for the Robotics Club and conducted his own summer robotics camp for elementary age kids.
Madison’s work at the IHMC is in the robotics lab under the direction of Matt Johnson and John Carrf. His current research includes java development of Simultaneous Localization And Mapping software to improve the efficiency of autonomous and tele-operated robots, Vicon localization, and error estimation of mobile robot odometry sensors using probabilistic methods.
While still dual enrolled in high school and the University of West Florida, he maintains a 4.0 average in a heavily weighted honors science and math curriculum but also excels in speech and debate. His other interests include Astro-Cosmology and theories regarding the fundamental nature of matter and energy. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Junior Statesman of America, Rho Kappa, Anchor Board, and the Robotics Club. Madison aspires to attend one of America’s top universities to pursue degrees in Physics and Engineering.