ATSUNOBU KOTANI
Brown University
Undergraduate - Computer Science
FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ROBOTICS:
Working with a Brown University faculty member, undergraduate student Atsunobu Kotani developed an algorithm enabling robots to create human-like pen strokes by merely looking at pictures of handwriting or sketches. The algorithm enables a robot to learn stroke order from scratch and recreate writing and pictures. Meaning, with Atsu’s algorithm, you can draw whatever you want and the robot will replicate it with reasonable stroke accuracy. At the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Kotani demonstrated a robot writing in 10 languages with different character sets. In addition, the robot produced sketches, including one of the Mona Lisa. Kotani’s algorithm is an exciting advancement in robotic communication with humans!