CFMS attends Artificial Intelligence ‘Hackathon’ Workshop

CFMS attends Artificial Intelligence ‘Hackathon’ Workshop

Bristol, 4 June 2018 - The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) recently attended the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning ‘Hackathon’ workshop, hosted by the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Representing CFMS,  Kiran Krishnamurthy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Domain Specialist, and a team of industry experts were challenged to use IBM Watson to solve industry wide problems that could improve production, efficiency and cost reduction. Participants included AMRC Factory 2050, Machining, Composites, Design and Prototyping departments, Nuclear AMRC, The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Warwick Manufacturing Group, Strathclyde Advanced Forming Research Centre, the National Composites Centre (NCC) and CFMS. Participant teams used multiple cognitive computing services utilising image, video, sound and data analytics accessed through IBM Watson, and its AI and machine learning capabilities. With the event taking place over two days, teams presented their findings to a panel of judges. 

Img 1672The winning team created the ‘BaristaBot’ model application, which predicted the type of coffee being dispensed by a coffee machine, based on the sound made when being prepared. The audio data collected was converted into colour spectrograms and images. Using vision recognition software, images were fed into IBM Watson to enable the bot to be taught how to work out what the machine was doing, based on the noises being omitted.  The idea put forward by the team; Kiran Krishnamurthy (CFMS), Rikki Coles (AMRC - IMG), Craig Hamer (Nuclear AMRC) and Dave King (AMRC - DPG), could potentially offer a smarter and more responsive way of carrying out predictive machine maintenance in the manufacturing environment, predicting when maintenance is required.

Kiran stated, “Our pitch was a 'toy problem' framework which can be adapted and scaled to Industry 4.0, for example, for AI driven predictive maintenance by analysing vibrations and sound patterns from intelligent machines.”

Sam Paice, Chief Operating Officer, CFMS said “This a great example of the interest and widespread proliferation of AI and its application as a cross-domain cross technology. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to participate in this collaborative event.”

About CFMS
The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is proud to be a growing, independent, and not-for-profit organisation that specialises in digitally enabled high value design capability. We promote advanced modelling and simulation, underpinned by High Performance Computing (HPC), pushing the boundaries of technology.

Through our exceptional, collaborative, virtual, and physical facilities, we enable the adoption and acceleration of new technologies for advanced modelling and simulation, while improving learning and developing awareness of state-of-the-art technologies. Engaging with organisations large and small, we help to provide access to the right tools, resources, skills and technologies, resulting in increased productivity and faster, more informed decision-making.

As a trusted and neutral provider, our vision is to drive a practical revolution in engineering capability and design, working with organisations to reduce risk in the design phase, product development costs, and time to market.

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