This summer, graduate student Anne Draelos, along with members of a Duke team spanning five fields, has been keeping busy by participating in the Amazon Robotics Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to automate warehouse order processing with recognition for a wider variety of objects. In a video by Duke's Office of News & Communications, Draelos described the project, breaking down the human aspects the team is programming the robot to do on its own. Team Duke will travel to Nagoya, Japan for the competition on July 27.
About the experience, Draelos said: "Interdisciplinary and collaborative mindsets are one huge reason why I decided to study at Duke in the first place, and it's been exciting to work on this robotics project together with students from so many departments and backgrounds. We've assembled something unique and I'm looking forward to showcasing our work against teams from all over the world."