Co-organizer of Autonomous self-driving vehicle robotics competition at Open Olympiad in Robotics of Innopolis University
A bachelor of robotics engineering from Worcester polytechnic institute, a graduate student at the Tomsk state university's department of innovation technologies
A demonstrative SmartCar stand, -model autonomous cars with computer vision capabilities as a foundation for the automobile intellectual robotics olympics (AIRS) rules
Increasing interest in autonomous cars in the world. Participation of many Russian companies in this field dictates the necessity of familiarizing high school students with the basics of such vehicles. The most important system that the autonomous transport vehicles (ATV), are equipped with is the visual recognition system (VRS). It is meant for providing the AI with the necessary information about the surroundings. The developments in neural networks, availability of capable and cheap single-board computers allows to mount VRSs on small model vehicles which are capable of moving up to 1 meter per second, recognize some road signs, traffic lights, road markings and control the vehicle appropriately. Two successful tournaments based on AIRS rules confirm that. Moreover, it shows that it is possible for middle school students (5-7 grade 11-14 years old) to participate in programming the ATVs controller in the Ardublock environment. In this case the single-board computer acts as an intelligent sensor that provides codes of recognized road signs. This allows to interest young children in engineering fields at very young age. Popkov Robotics company has developed these ATVs which are compliant with the AIRS rules.