Northwest Advanced Programming Workshop Showcase

Northwest Advanced Programming Workshop Showcase


What does it take to drive a car? Every
day 204 million vehicles are driven 11 billion miles 63% of the U.S. spends an
hour a day staying on the road and avoiding obstacles. Until recently every
car had a driver at the wheel but that’s quickly changing tech giants like Tesla
Google Intel Nvidia and Uber along with hundreds of smaller companies have their
own solutions on the road today but if you lack the funding time and manpower
that these companies enjoy how would you go about building one we’re a group of
high school students and for four weeks we tackled the problem of autonomous
driving Day 0 simplify and divide. Find the problem
split the problem split the labor. One group working on pedestrian detection detection, one on road navigation. Then solve. Four weeks later we presented our work.
first the pedestrian detection. Their method relied on groups of colors
representing the same object posterize the image to reduce the number of colors,
identify color blobs to detect movement between frames, select likely blobs
eliminate outliers with machine learning and congeal blobs into pedestrians. A live demo followed with great success
after a barrage of questions the second group presented on road navigation. They trained a convolutional neural net to take the image look for
important features and learn how to drive off them. Some 30,000 images and
days of server time later and… Well it’s still need more time to learn. *crash* Turns out driving is hard. There’s still work to be done but we’ve got another year
and hey, maybe a real car. Stay tuned. Thanks to our mentors for
helping us along the way and PSU for providing the space and resources for us to work.

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