CRIM Innovation Listed Among Top in Nation for 2004

February 15, 2005
The editors of Technology Research News selected the research on artificial neural networks conducted at NC State University and the University of Utah. The work, which took place partly in the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, was the work of Drs. Edward Grant (NCSU), T.C. Henderson (Utah), and Andrew Nelson (USF, NCSU alumnus). Together, they have developed a method which allows robots to intelligently play capture the flag via artificial neural networks. In order for the robots to understand the game, the artificial neural networks must first be trained. Once the networks are trained using methods which will foster competition between the two teams, they are loaded onto the robots. Right now, the technology is still in its infancy, but future applications abound. The artificial neural networks can be used to create controllers for robots which can adapt to new environments, such as learning how to recognize landmines in a mine field.