Research Themes

Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering

Themes

Development of Balloon Robots Using Machine Learning

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We are developing flying balloon robots in order to effectively utilize the space above attendees at concerts and other indoor events.  We determine the position of the robot using multiple fixed cameras to image an infrared marker on the robot, and the resulting position is sent wirelessly to a microcontroller on the robot.  The microcontroller combines this information with data from an onboard speed sensor, gyroscope and magnetometer to determine its position, velocity and direction.  The microcontroller uses this information, together with a PID controller and propeller to minimize deviation from the desired course.  We use neural networks to learn details regarding the specific balloon and effects of buoyancy and propeller output, allowing us to optimize the PID controller’s output.  Our goal is to create a system that follows time and route constraints, within 10cm of error in large enclosed spaces with air currents.

Faculty

Hidenori Kawamura
Hidenori Kawamura
Position
Professor
Specialized field
Artificial intelligence, tourism informatics, agent simulation
Hobby
Cars, golf, research

We are developing new ideas with artificial intelligence techniques, i.e., deep learning, machine learning, and multiagent simulation. We give a welcome to everyone who wants to join our laboratory and change the world with those studies.

Tomohisa Yamashita
Tomohisa Yamashita
Position
Associate Professor
Specialized field
Hobby

Artificial Intelligence which is one of our research subject has the power to greatly change the world in the future. Let’s make full use of the cutting edge IT to create never-seen-before social system. May AI be with you!

Soichiro Yokoyama
Soichiro Yokoyama
Position
Assistant Professor
Specialized field
Combinatorial Optimization Problems, Scheduling Problems
Hobby

If you encounter something hard to understand while you are studying, you should not hesitate to discuss about that with
other students or faculty members like me. It would enable you to understand the problem from different perspectives and to have more
creative ideas.