Designing for Assistive Technology (Group 1)
Serious Game Design and Development with AI
Remote Sensing for Disaster Response
Autonomous Cognitive Assistance (Cog*Works)
Build a CubeSat
BWSI - International
Autonomous RACECAR Grand Prix
Embedded Security and Hardware Hacking
Unmanned Air System–Synthetic Aperture Radar
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Challenge
Autonomous Air Vehicle Racing
Designing for Assistive Technology (Group A)
There are many members of our communities who live with physical and cognitive disabilities, some of whom may be helped by assistive technologies (AT). However, these technologies often need to be customized for the individual, making it difficult to simply use off-the-shelf products. This course will help students develop skills in product design, rapid prototyping, and product testing in a user co-design manner to understand how to produce these kinds of solutions.
Beaver Works Summer Institute will give students a chance to explore the exciting intersection of data science and medicine. Students will build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of probability and statistics, and learn the basics of coding and machine learning techniques through a series of online teaching modules.
This course will introduce students to the process of game design with the application of Artificial Intelligence to game play. Very specifically, the course will focus on unconventional approaches to understand and address real world problems.
Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer students the opportunity to explore the exciting intersection of data science and disaster response. During the course, the students will learn to understand the basics of Python, Git, machine learning, and image processing through a series of online teaching modules.
Beaver Works Summer Institute offers it curriculum free to non-profit educational institutions for use in creating their own programs. We also offer these international teams a chance to participate in our final week of the program by remotely joining classes and meeting our students. They also participate in our final event by sending in videos of their projects so that they can get the recognition they deserve for the hard work and learning that they have accomplished.
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Learn basic hydrodynamics, vehicle control and image recognition. Build a custom underwater vehicle and program it to navigate an obstacle course autonomously.
Beaver Works Summer Institute will help students learn and understand cyber security. Software is pervasive and everyday reliance on software-intensive systems by individuals, businesses, industries, and governments is only increasing. The many benefits of using software, however, come at a price: the cyber threats are real, and their impacts can be devastating.
Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer students an opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge in machine learning. Cog*Works consists of project-based modules for developing machine learning apps that leverage audio, visual, and linguistic data. Ultimately, they will design their own cognitive assistants.
Beaver Works Summer Institute will cover several cybersecurity topics with a focus on threats that are especially concerning for embedded systems. These topics include embedded software security, JTAG and UART probing, side-channel analysis, and fault-injection.
Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer students the opportunity to explore some new areas of research and to design their own autonomous capabilities for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The students will work in teams to develop algorithms for deployment to an advanced quadrotor, the Intel Aero Ready-To-Fly Drone. They will use the Robot Operating System (ROS), popular open-source libraries, and custom algorithms to program the quadrotors to compete in a racing event.
The recent explosion of unmanned air vehicle (UAV) technology coupled with the miniaturization of electronics opens the door to countless applications and missions. UAVs can provide unparalleled views at sporting events, images of structures which are not safely accessible to construction workers, and scenic aerial photography, all using low-cost camera technology. One can also envision many applications of small UAV-based radar solutions, ranging from day/night autonomous tracking of objects of interest in all–weather conditions to change detection using radar imaging techniques to search and rescue.
Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer students the opportunity to select the mission, test components and design a Cubesat. Using a 1U Cubesat (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm), the four-week course will guide the class through the design trades, assembly, and testing of a Cubesat with an imaging payload. The design will be sent to a NASA competition selecting payloads for future flight.
Beaver Works Summer Institute will offerteams of students, each with its own MIT-designed RACECAR (Rapid Autonomous Complex Environment Competing Ackermann steeRing) robot, the opportunity to explore the broad spectrum of research in autonomy, learn to collaborate, and demonstrate fast, autonomous navigation in a Mini Grand Prix.
In recent years, there has been an enormous surge of interest in quantum computing. Government, academic and commercial organizations have spent billions of dollars attempting to create reliable, general-purpose quantum computers. These systems leverage the unusual properties of quantum mechanics to perform comutations that could never be performed on conventional computers in our lifetime.