Visual Recognition & Object Detection using Node-RED Controlled Drone

IBM Developer New York
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Flying a drone can be a lot of fun, but have you ever wondered how you can program one? Better yet, have you ever thought about training it to detect objects?

Come to this meetup to learn how! With IBM Cloud Services you will learn how to control a Tello Drone using Node-RED and train and identify objects using Watson Visual Recognition and Watson AI Object Detection.

The Tello includes a programming interface that developers can use to send commands to control the drone. Programming APIs can also receive telemetry and video stream data from the Tello.

Leverage the IBM Model Asset Exchange Object Detection to train a custom visual recognition model. An entire open source community has formed around programming the Tello.

In this workshop, John Walicki and Pooja Mistry will demonstrate the techniques.

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Agenda :
6:30pm: Doors open, check-in, and get some food
6:45pm: Round-robin introductions & get to know each other
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Workshop
8:30pm - 9:00pm - Q&A
9:00pm - Venue closes

About the Presenter

John Walicki is the CTO for Edge/IoT Advocacy in the Developer Ecosystem Group of IBM Cognitive Applications Group. As an IBM Developer Advocate with deep expertise in IoT, he inspires developers to build solutions with the powerful Watson IoT capabilities, Watson Cognitive APIs and IBM Cloud. He helps developers create custom IoT and embedded Linux solutions for their industrial and educational use cases. He previously held roles as the IBM I/T Workplace of the Future Strategist, where he led the internal IBM Open Computing strategy, and as the IBM I/T Client Platform Architect, where he was responsible for the IBM internal strategy for Windows, Linux, and Mac. He established the Bring Your Own Device strategy at IBM and is an expert on mobile devices, desktop virtualization, and open standards. He led the open-standards-based Browser Independence deployment of Firefox within IBM. John was also a manager in the Watson Information Services Department at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. In addition to over 29 years of IBM experience, John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Pooja Mistry (@poojamakes) is a developer advocate for IBM Cloud. She works on expanding the reach of IBM's technology to New York City's developer community. Her area of interest includes prototyping with NodeRED and working with AI services to build fun and interesting things! Prior to living in NYC, Pooja lived in Boston, MA where she was working as an API automation engineer in the healthcare tech industry. She mainly works in Javascript and Java, however she tinkers with Python. She is currently passionate about Node-RED and building IoT applications using Node-RED services. She is a strong believer in helping new technologist get up and running with technology and feel confident in their abilities to make!