Hello everyone, my name is Rik and I’m Bitcraze’s new intern. I took up this internship as part of my MSc studies at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Over the past year I have worked with the AI-deck as part of my thesis work at the MAVLab, and I’m looking to contribute to Bitcraze with my practical knowledge of the platform.
For my MSc thesis I have primarily worked on the design of very small optical flow CNNs, capable of running on the GAP8 SoC, using a neural architecture search (NAS). I have implemented a pipeline on the AI-deck, feeding a stream of camera images into the CNN to determine optical flow on-board. One of the last remaining goals of my thesis work is to design an application which utilizes the resulting dense optical flow. In the meantime, the NAS is ever running to find the best possible architecture.
With my practical knowledge I hope to contribute to making the AI-deck an easier platform to work with. Of course, working at Bitcraze is a great learning opportunity, too. I’m already learning a lot about embedded systems and programming. After several years of studying, it’s great to get my first relevant working experience. And maybe most important of all, so far it has been a lot of fun working at Bitcraze and I expect to have a lot more of it. And yes, the falafel is really good.