About Us

We are a group of young people interested in programming, electronics, robots and other similar things.

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The Team

Gazi

Rastislav Gaži

the leader

Mr. Gaži is the driving force behind the XLC Team. His energy, passion and vision are visible in everything we created. As a team leader he makes sure we have everything we need for our work.

Apart from that, he makes sure we never forget that what we do should be fun first and everything else then.

Jakub

Jakub “J.K.” Krošlák

master of electronics

Robots (as well as computers) have two basic parts. The robot itself (hardware and electronics) and his intelligence (software). But even if you had the best intelligence in the whole universe, without the robot itself it’s not very useful.

Fortunately we’ve got Jakub in our team who makes sure that there are robots we can run our logic on. Despite being relatively young he already deserves the title master.

Durikon

Ján “D’urikonX” Ďurkáč

master of the force

The force is all around us. We can’t touch it, we can’t see it, we can just feel it. And we can say the same about Johnny. He doesn’t show up much in our small lab (and so you can’t see or touch him) but you can feel him in nearly everything we created.

He’s got some great ideas, even though this world is not always ready for them.

The force is strong with this one. Maybe that’s why they call him D’urikonX.

Marek

Marek “mrShu” Šuppa

master of development

What does it mean to be the master of development (meaning the lead developer) in a robotic team?

Well, different things every day. It can mean doing an extensive research in computer vision and machine learning, teaching others, writing papers (or even books), giving talks, writing beautiful code, negotiating with people from the other side of the world but also being responsible for everyone else, taking out the trash or doing some boring stuff like this website.

Ado

Adrián “Adman” Matejov

master of the code

A good team needs to be adaptable. Or there just has to be someone who is able to fill the holes when they appear.

Thankfully we have someone who does precisely that. His name is Adrián (he is also known as adman or один) and is a man of many jobs. As you can see above he does pretty much everything but we should not forget that he also produces some decent quality Python and JavaScript code.

Mato

Martin “MaTo” Faltus

master of screwing

Have you heard about the Phantom of the Opera?

Well, Martin is a lot like him. We never know where he is but if he appears he’s got a handful of solutions to any problem. If you want to fix some broken electronics, rewrite some software or solve a global crisis you should definitely contact him.

Padawans


Miska

Michaela Gažiová

the lead padawan

Even though you might not believe this we also have a girl in our team!

And guess what? She does some real programming!

Moreover, she’s able to learn new things very quickly. That’s why she’s the Padawan leader!

David

Dávid “Kegare” Fusan

drunken master of wisdom

Many tried to gain wisdom. Some studied books, others were learning as apprentices of great masters, others just used some other way to get it.

We weren’t able to discover how Dávid managed to get his wisdom. Some claim that he must have been an apprentice of the great D’urikonX. They just have way so much in common.

But that’s not important. What is important are his quotations:

  • Let’s assume you are right, even thought we all know that what you are saying is true

  • Get lost from my vision!

Mario

Mário “draper” Kačina

master of bikes

From the day one Mário managed to just fit into our existing team in a way no other member even could. He was (and is) so excited that he infected everyone and made us even more excited than we were (and we were really excited).

He’s also a live proof that once you are interested you do whatever it takes to get your crazy ideas come true.

Marek Tebeľák

master of quicak

The title says it all.

Bardaci


The name Bardaci is just garbled Slovak word ‘babraci’, which we can translate as ‘numb hand’. Although that’s not always true, we have used it since Mr. Gazi called so the first original Bardaci (those two below). So it’s really hard to describe one without the other and vice versa, they have come neck by neck and both are similarly crazy.

But give it a try:

Herda

Adam Herda

master of dogs

He prepares (and sometimes destroys) hardware, but his place is primarily at the table with a soldering iron in one hand. We can say he is kind of Jakub’s successor.

In addition to the title master of dogs he is also master of merkur, especially merkur robotic arm. And so you see how necessary is he in our team - you never know the time you will need next servant-arm.

Mikula

Adam Mikula

master of soldering

Every time he walks into our small lab, he brings a lot of fun and talks to Adam Herda. But fortunately that’s not his main job - he builds the construction of our robots, the base, without which we almost cannot proceed.

Other times he helps either psychically or physically. Mostly by using encouraging words “We are winners” and fixing wheels back on robot during programmer’s test runs…

Simon

Šimon Varga

master of Bardaci’s code

Even robots made by Bardaci need software. Often it’s only few lines for rotating motor, however sometimes he writes longer, nasty code, that you don’t want to read (or worse - rewrite). During his life there have been couple of decisions to program a game, poor attempts to make computer vision and half-way successful ball kicks to goal or (re)writing simple shell for Arduino. He spends most of his time programming in C or Python.

The Name

There is a nice story about our name. In our first years we were proudly using the pseudo-crypthographic name 0x584c43. It’s the hex representation of the string XLC. And how did we came up with that? Well, we were always fans of doing things simply. Sometimes extremely simply. And so we thought that it might be a good idea to express this in our name too.

We had a little discussion and came up with the name XLC which can be an abbreviation of

eXtremely Lite Construction or

eXtremely Lite Code

which shows the two crucial parts of every robot: hardware and software.


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