Object recognition using a grid-connected robot dog

By | October 12, 2007

An interesting project at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, involves color-based object recognition using distributed computing consisting of several beowolf clusters spread around the world. The video at the end of this post demonstrates how the system works; the video is also the winner for “Most Innovative” at the first AAAI video competition held last July during the annual AAAI conference on Artificial Intelligence.

This demonstration shows object recognition performed by a Sony Aibo robot dog. The dog is connected to a wide-area Grid system, potentially consisting of hundreds of computers located at several institutes in Europe, the United States, and Australia. Apart from the quality of recognition, we demonstrate the effectiveness of Grid usage in multimedia computing. Moreover, we show the ease with which multimedia applications can be integrated with Grid computing.