Student gives robot a brain so it can identify objects

Boston University student, Emily Fitzgerald, has equipped a robot with a brain for an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program project.

The robot can now make observations and identify objects.  “That is a ball.” “I do believe that is a cone.” “Seems like a wonderful book.”

Fitzgerald's robot. (Image via Boston University/YouTube)
Fitzgerald’s robot. (Image via Boston University/YouTube)

Fitzgerald’s robot learned to recognize specific objects, as well as navigate obstacles, using an on-board camera that sends information about what it sees to a laptop that sits on top of it. The computer sends information to a desktop located in the lab and the screen shows whatever images the robot captures.

“It’s almost self-thinking,” said Fitzgerald.

To develop the robot’s “brain”, she used a deep neural network, which mimics actual brain neurons and can process large amounts of data to solve problems, like object recognition.

“There’s an algorithm that will take a ton of pictures of one object and will put it in and compile it all,” said Fitzgerald. “Then we basically assign a number to it.”

The robot spots an object, thinks about it, finds a corresponding picture in it’s repertoire, picks the associated number, and then uses it to reference the object. For example, “it’s a ball.”

Fitzgerald’s work inspired her to pursue a career in bioimaging, hoping one day to improve the surgical robotics industry.

“I’ve actually taken this project and I’ve said, OK, what else can I do with it in the biomedical setting as well?” said Fitzgerald. “It’s really shaped how I’ve thought about my future going forward.”

Story via Boston University.


Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.

buy metronidazole online