Although I spend a lot of my spare time on other interests, I do like to explore new areas and develop existing skills by undertaking technical projects and events. I use these projects in an attempt to learn as much as possible, and I try not to take shortcuts where possible. Not all of these technical projects have a successful outcome, but they all have value in a way, and I think there's no shame in trying something just to test myself, even if the outcome isn't as good as I would have liked.
Feature - Co-op builder robots
This is a project I have been inspired to work on after thinking about the impact swarm intelligence in robots will potentially have on how society operates in the not-too-distant future. While no incarnation of this simulation will ever reach the complexity of a real-world use, I thought it would be interesting to try and get the fundamentals down. A lot of the actual simulation was probably inspired, upon reflection, by this video >.
Live co-op AI demonstration >
Intro to AI slides - In order to consolidate my knowledge of AI from my 2nd year of uni, and so that my friends could get a headstart on the more advanced AI modules, I created three sets of slides teaching the content I had learnt. The slides cover pathfinding, neural networks and genetic algorithms. Even though the content is not very advanced, important concepts are covered (such as Hebbian learning) and the fundamentals of each topic are covered in great detail.
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JP Morgan Code for Good - In December 2016 three of my friends and I took part in JP Morgan’s Code for Good hackathon, where we applied our technical knowledge to a problem faced by the charity Edulution. Our initial proposal would have improved lesson and course coherence in areas with poor Internet connection, but due to technical issues outside our control we made the decision to abandon our work up to that point and apply our knowledge of HCI and psychology to design a GUI to increase pupil attention and understanding.
Eli Lilly Hackathon - In March 2016 three of my friends and I entered into a 24-hour hackathon organised for our university by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. We competed overnight against another team of our peers to construct a useful and original healthcare-related mobile app using the cloud-based Salesforce platform (which we had never used before), presenting to a team of judges from the company at the end of the 24 hours.