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Artie, an Artificial Heat Transfer Analyst: Image Processing




2: Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

Tony Patera

Faculty email:


Apply by:

September 18


Tony Patera: patera@mit.edu

Project Description

We are developing an "Artificial Heat Transfer Student" which could earn an A in an undergraduate heat transfer subject. The software will accept problem set-like statements and provide solutions as expected of actual students. Our approach divides the software into two parts: The frontend applies natural language and image processing techniques to translate problem statements into heat transfer specifications. The frontend also summarizes the solution, complete with derivations and justifications, in a technical report and associated graphics. The backend operates on the heat transfer specifications to develop appropriate mathematical models and associated approximate solutions, with particular attention to the most challenging limit — back-of-the-envelope estimates justified through appropriate simplifications of the geometry and physics. In this particular UROP project we will develop a crucial part of the frontend: image processing software to translate graphical descriptions (figures, schematics, photographs) of objects into functional geometry representations appropriate for subsequent analysis in the backend. Both single-material and multi-material applications will be considered.


Extensive Matlab experience.