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Current Projects 2016-11-21T01:40:12+00:00

Karoo GP

  • Overview: An evolutionary algorithm (type of machine learning), a genetic programming application suite written in Python which provides both symbolic regression and classification analysis.
  • Stage of Development: Karoo GP was developed during Staats’ MSc research at the University of Cape Town / African Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), South Africa. Staats continues to improve Karoo, focused on performance, as it gains a more diverse user base including The Ohio State University’s Center for Cosmological and Particle Physics and at LIGO, the gravitational wave observatories.

Learn more and download Karoo GP at github.

P9K0

  • Overview: A low-cost, hands-on system for experiential learning as a means to engage learners in robotics, evolutionary algorithms, and computer science.
  • Stage of Development: Prototype “walker” used to gage torque required to lift limbs, minimal number of joints required to simulate human motion over smooth terrain.

RollerShoe

  • Overview: A means by which an in-line skate may become ubiquitous with daily commuting.
  • Stage of Development: All parts purchased for prototype development.

KineCharge

  • Overview: A means by which a human may generate ample electricity to maintain the charge of a cell phone through the simple act of walking.
  • Stage of Development: An experiment with hand-wrapped electrical field generators (solenoids) and the ability to store the electricity in small capacities. Analysed the motion associated with walking, seeking the optimal angle for maximum electrical generation.
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