Woodward Junior Elliott Anderson Creates AI for Seniors at the Georgia Tech Research Institute
Woodward Academy junior Elliott Anderson spent the summer working as an intern for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). During his time there, he worked on a project focused on creating interactive robots that can assist senior citizens in living independently. Elliott worked with a team that was specifically focused on creating natural language interface so that the robots can initiate conversation and respond with conversational language. Ideally, the robot might be able to remind the user that it is time to go to an appointment, tell them the weather report and then remind them to grab a sweater – providing both a functional purpose and social interaction.
Elliott credits his Introduction to Engineering class at Woodward Academy for preparing him for this opportunity. In fact, he learned about the internship program through his engineering teacher, David Makkers.
“My career goal is to become a robotics engineer, so working on this project with mentors from GTRI was an incredible learning experience,” shared Elliott. “Using Python to code a Raspberry Pi and develop AI that could help senior citizens live independently combined two of my passions: robotics technology and community service. The possibilities for AI really are unlimited and I am so excited to be able to be doing this kind of meaningful work in high school.”