Student researchers’ bionic arm wins grand prize at Sony competition

Author: Kanaga Rajan
September 28, 2022
SF State faculty with some of the student researchers holding their bonic arm and Sony microprocessor.
Photo Credit: Paul Asper

In June, five San Francisco State University research students, brought together by a shared interest in artificial intelligence, began collaborating on a summer engineering research project. Just 10 weeks later, the budding engineers earned one of three grand prizes in a virtual Sony-sponsored competition. Their winning project — a deep learning-based bionic arm — is a prototype for a prosthetic that could be used by patients after a stroke or amputation.

San Francisco State Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Zhuwei Qin and Associate Professor of Computer Engineering Xiaorong Zhang mentored the research team of two SF State master’s students, two undergraduates and one local high school senior. Their project was among 49 submissions to the contest, competing against projects created by 500 international participants ranging in age and expertise.

Read the SF State News story.