A team of five students led by an Indian student Archit Gupta at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has made a machine learning software, Cremer, which will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) for testing. Archit Gupta is a second-year student at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at NTU.
The opportunity to test their software at ISS comes after the team won a competition on developing innovative ways to use artificial intelligence (AI) for space applications, at the start of the year.
During the next three months, the team will install the software into a tiny supercomputer called an artificial intelligence box, after which it will be physically transported to the international space station.
Gupta said the purpose of the international space station is to collect experimental data. If single event upsets – disruptions that tend to afflict sensitive electrical components in space – happen, the sanctity of data gets compromised, making the experiment go to waste.
The software, Cremer, will play a crucial role in predicting hardware disruptions on the international space station or satellites which can cause these space vehicles to go off course or even crash in worst-case scenarios. Cremer was christened after an existing software program called Creme which also predicts single event upsets.
The other team members are third-year mechanical engineering student Deon Lim, third-year business student Sim See Min, and second-year electrical and electronic engineering student Rashna Ahmed.