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Project 22 – 13 November 2007

Sunset Over McGraw Tower

Having missed an opportunity to see Skynet, Cornell’s DARPA Urban Challenge vehicle, up close and personal today due to my optics lab, I decided upon returning at the end of the afternoon, that I was entitled to some quality photography time. So I grabbed my camera and headed off across campus. I got a lot of lovely photos, so many, in fact, that I had a hard time settling on this photo of McGraw Tower at sunset as today’s photo. But, in the end, it’s hard to pass up a photo of Cornell’s most prominent symbol silhouetted against a violet sky.

In Which The Case Love Wins Out

Currently teams from both my department here at Cornell and my alma mater, Case Western, are competing in the National Qualifying Exam for the DARPA Urban Challenge for which teams have built vehicles that will compete in completing a race in an urban traffic-like environment without a human driver. This means the robot has to not only get from Point A to Point B entirely without human direction, but must do so while following all the rules of the road and dealing with traffic – including human drivers as well as other autonomous ones.

It’s a pretty tall order.

I’ve been following TeamCASE closely through their blog, but TGDaily also has video (the second one) of their robot, Dexter, in part of the NQE where the robot has to perform left turns with traffic. Dexter does fabulously–exactly what I would expect such a great team of engineers and computer scientists behind him! Go TeamCASE and Cornell!

Project 22 – 23 October 2007

Optical Vertigo

Ironically, this was not a photo that I’d originally had in mind as a Project 22 subject; I was just taking a picture of my professor’s notes on the blackboard because I hadn’t bothered to write them down. But somehow, the photo managed to capture the mood of today extremely well. It’s been a day where I’ve felt harried, confused, and generally unwell about my world and my place in it.