Showcase [AI] Spotlights AI at Tech

Grad student Shivayogi Akki, Electrical Engineering (right), presents his master’s research on “Benchmarking Model Predictive Control and Reinforcement Learning for Legged Robot Locomotion.”  On the left is Computer Science faculty member Keith Vertanen.

From the 2024 Michigan Tech Magazine

The College of Computing and the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) collaborated to present Showcase [AI] at Michigan Tech in October. The showcase explored the excitement and controversy surrounding the intuitive automated systems affecting more and more aspects of daily life, including health, communications, and computing.

One of the goals of Showcase [AI] was to spread the word about the increasingly automated and rapidly advancing technologies that are a research focus at Michigan Tech. The event featured panel discussions, workshops, keynote speakers, and interactive events—and ICC student researchers put their work on display during the showcase’s poster competition.

Included in the conference was the University’s inaugural Manufacturing Day, which drew local manufacturers and researchers together to discuss artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, and the unique manufacturing occurring in the Keweenaw Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. The day’s events highlighted the importance of technological progress in manufacturing and how smart technologies and Industry 4.0 are paving ways to efficiency, sustainability, precision, and more.

“With rapid developments in AI and automation, new advancements in technologies are changing the way that we see manufacturing. Manufacturing Day celebrates this recent progress and its future potential,” said Vinh Nguyen, assistant professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics and Manufacturing Day coordinator.