SDS2022 Ryan Karl and King Kobb: A computer that plays chess
Ryan Karl discusses his Electrical and Computer Engineering team's project - a chessboard that allows a human player to battle a computer in the classic board game.
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- [00:00:00.440]We're at the Senior Design Showcase 2022.
- [00:00:02.730]I'm with Ryan Karl from electrical and computer engineering.
- [00:00:08.090]Ryan, can you tell us a little bit about your team's project
- [00:00:10.690]and how you came to choose that project?
- [00:00:12.890]So our project is an automatic chessboard.
- [00:00:16.010]This chessboard uses computer vision
- [00:00:19.470]to gather a player's move, an electromagnet,
- [00:00:22.380]and a magnet with the pieces to move for the computer.
- [00:00:29.270]At the beginning, we all sat around the table
- [00:00:31.550]and brainstormed for a while on what projects we could do.
- [00:00:35.760]Sam Yunker, one of our group members,
- [00:00:38.060]said, "Hey, my friends were thinking
- [00:00:40.220]about making an automatic chessboard.
- [00:00:41.700]Can we do that?"
- [00:00:42.533]And we said, "Sure."
- [00:00:44.170]So that's kinda how we started.
- [00:00:45.910]And one of the criteria that we had for our project
- [00:00:49.700]was we wanted it doable
- [00:00:51.000]so out of all the brainstorming ideas that we did have,
- [00:00:54.310]an automatic chessboard seemed like one of the easier ones
- [00:00:56.820]to do that was both interesting and easy to do.
- [00:01:00.340]And so this capstone experience for students
- [00:01:02.730]is supposed to encompass everything you've learned
- [00:01:05.590]throughout the college experience.
- [00:01:08.810]What has it taught you that you didn't expect coming in?
- [00:01:14.949]There were a lot of difficulties with the project,
- [00:01:18.690]but I would say one of the main thing it's taught me
- [00:01:21.930]is to stick to my ideals.
- [00:01:25.900]At the beginning of the project, we were trying to decide
- [00:01:28.680]between different ways of detecting pieces.
- [00:01:32.200]The why I wanted to do it was computer vision
- [00:01:34.850]and I kinda stuck to my guns
- [00:01:37.290]and tried to show my group members
- [00:01:39.870]why it was better than their methods
- [00:01:42.330]and how it could be used in an easy fashion.
- [00:01:46.380]Cool. Hey.
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