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AI-Enabled Smart Laser Cutters




6: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Faculty Supervisor:

Stefanie Mueller

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Doga Dogan (doga@mit.edu; https://hcie.csail.mit.edu)

Project Description

In the future, fabrication machines, such as laser cutters, will be smart enough to figure out minor details that currently require a lot of attention and manual input by users, e.g. material type or thickness. The goal of the project is to create an AI system for characterizing different materials based on their surface textures that are detectable using a low-cost imaging system. For this project, the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Engineering Group at MIT CSAIL is seeking UROPs who will work at the intersection of computer vision and digital fabrication. It involves developing a system to capture images on a Raspberry Pi, processing the images using CNNs, and developing a more intuitive laser cutting user interface for e.g., handling multiple materials simultaneously. Anyone who is interested in any of these steps is encouraged to apply! Successful applicants will have a chance to co-author a research paper upon completion of the project. Interested students should contact Doga at doga@mit.edu and also send their CV/resume


The project is open to students majoring in electrical engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and other relevant fields. A successful candidate should have experience in one or more of the following: - Programming in Python, C++, or JavaScript - Machine learning libraries such as PyTorch, Keras, or fast.ai - Computer vision/image processing - Raspberry Pi and/or Arduino boards Interests in digital fabrication (laser cutting/3D printing) and human-computer interaction are a plus.