Authors: Maitreya Venkataswamy, Adrian Lam, Nathaniel Lanier


In case the word “cassava” doesn’t ring any bells, it refers to a plant that is extensively cultivated in the tropics, and is a major food staple in these regions. However, despite its resilience to harsh conditions, cassava is often affected by viral diseases, which can inflict serious damage to crop yield. An important procedure in cassava cultivation is thus the identification of disease-ridden plants so that they can be promptly removed before the disease spreads further. This inspection process has traditionally been done manually by agricultural experts, but this is both costly…

Most robots operate in environments that are rife with disturbances. Things like wind, dynamic environments, even faults in the robot hardware, can cause it to deviate from a desired path. As a result, in order for a robot to operate effectively, it needs to be able to determine its location with high accuracy and precision. This process is called localization, and it enables a robot to operate confidently in an environment which is constantly undermining the robot’s ability to perform its task.

Modern localization techniques in robotics and other autonomous systems utilize sensors on the robot that allow it to…

Maitreya Venkataswamy

M.S. Student in Data Science @ Brown University, interested in Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, and anything simulated.

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