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DeepRacer Challenge: Battle of the Schools

Local Students Learn How to Program Self-Driving Race Cars Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Rochester, N.Y. — On March 4th, the fastest way to get rolling with AI- literally, is being brought to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT.) EagleDream Technologies, one of the nation’s fastest-growing cloud-native transformation companies and the only Premier-level Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner in the region, is excited to partner with AWS to bring this opportunity to students in the local community.

The DeepRacer Challenge brings the area’s top computer science, software development, computing, engineering, and machine learning students together to learn about advanced artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and compete in the region’s only self-driving racecar challenge.

Teams are building and training AI algorithms using Amazon SageMaker software, deploying them to self-driving cars measuring about 10 inches, then racing them around a track of roughly 17 feet by 26 feet. Going by the official AWS rules, the fastest car that stays on the track the most will win the DeepRacer Challenge.

“AWS DeepRacer is a great way to get your hands around Machine Learning, literally! It shows you the power of the cloud by giving you access to incredibly powerful tools with a very small barrier to entry, and a straightforward way to engage with cutting edge technology in the virtual and real world.” Brien Blandford, Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services. “It inspires you to think about other use cases for Machine Learning and Reinforcement Learning, such as, ‘how could I better move that robot arm?’ or ‘is there a better way to control traffic patterns?’’

In preparation for the event, the teams are tasked with writing code that will “reward” the algorithms when they do something right, such as winning a race or avoiding an obstacle. However, this is also helping them prepare to use this technology to solve obstacles in the business world.

Aside from training autonomous vehicles, reinforcement learning can be used to help robots walk faster or to develop security systems that can automatically adapt to different environments. Reinforcement learning can be a tough technology to understand. Being able to learn hands-on with the AWS DeepRacer helps make the topic more approachable and engaging. Thus, helping everyone learn and utilize these skills so they can be implemented to address business challenges.

EagleDream invites the local community, family, and friends to attend the DeepRacer Challenge Championship Cup Race on March 4th at 3pm. Come cheer on your favorite team and learn more about how you can use AI and ML in your everyday life. Qualifying teams from RIT, University of Rochester, and MCC will compete for the Championship Cup and a Grand Prize of a Sportscar Weekend at Watkins Glen.

About EagleDream Technologies

EagleDream Technologies is a leading trusted cloud-native transformation company and APN Premier Consulting Partner for businesses using Amazon Web Services (AWS). EagleDream is unique in leveraging its cloud-native software engineering expertise with industry-leading migration capabilities to guide customers through their journey to the cloud, optimize their operations, and transform how they do business utilizing AWS. With headquarters in Rochester, NY, EagleDream holds a geographical footprint in Western New York, New England, and Wester Pennsylvania with recent expansion into Southern Florida and Charlotte, NC.

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Cheer on your favorite teams at the Championship Cup Race and Winners Celebration! See you on March 4th at 3pm.

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