Jan 202011
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

Robots might one day dominate the world, maybe even the universe, and CSU is helping to make it possible, at least on the modern battlefield.

A team of four CSU researchers was picked to work with the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Analysis program Mind’s Eye in developing visual intelligence capability in cameras that will allow them to relay complex human interactions seen through its lens.

Replacing human scouts, the camera will go into war zones on unmanned ground vehicles, analyze patterns in movement and speech, record what it sees and relate that information back to the military. This would also eliminate video interpretation positions, according to a Mind’s Eye press release.

In addition, the camera will have face recognition capabilities that will allow the military to create a database of suspicious persons and possible military targets.

Ross Beveridge, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and a member of the team, specializes in face recognition technology and has been working with it for 25 years.

The technology is still in its infancy stages, but associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and a member of the research team Bruce Draper said this is just the beginning of artificial intelligence in daily lives. He sees a future of “Jetson-esque” technology with self-driving cars.

“(Research) is the fun of the future,” Draper said. “It will lead to all kinds of things.”

Draper said Google has already developed a self-driving car that drove some of the busiest streets in California in October of 2010.

The technology for many of the gadgets featured in the Jetsons already exists, Draper said, and Mind’s Eye technology will only increase the knowledge already known about artificial intelligence.

CSU is one of 11 universities across the country working on the project, including MIT and Carnegie Mellon University, since it won the grant in September 2010.

Along with Draper and Beveridge, Michael Kirby and Chris Peterson from the Department of Mathematics are working on the project. Kirby and Peterson could not be reached for comment.

Mind’s Eye is enlisting the help of three defense organizations that will pick the top research teams after two years to continue on in the research and to begin developing a functioning product. The project is set to run for five years.

Assistant News Editor Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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