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This project is part of the liveProject series Machine Learning on Embedded Systems
intermediate Python • basic machine learning • basic edge computing systems • basic TensorFlow
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set up a real-time training algorithm on an embedded board • train, evaluate, and tune hyperparameters on an embedded board • workflow of model tuning from the desktop to the embedded board
Kanishka Tyagi & Raghavendra Sriram
1 week · 8-10 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE
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EKKo Inc., the machine learning consultancy you work for, has been building an embedded system to enable deaf or hard of hearing people to participate in online meetings and events on their mobile devices. As a data scientist, your task is to complete the system by enabling it to detect American Sign Language (ASL) in real time. You’ll define a CNN model, train it using the existing ASL dataset, and evaluate the model’s accuracy. To optimize training speed and quality, you’ll fine-tune the model’s hyperparameters using the Keras Tuner. You’ll enable the model to be quantization-aware with the TensorFlow Model Optimization Toolkit (MoT), optimizing size and CPU consumption while maintaining model accuracy. To complete the project, you’ll connect the quantized model with a live video stream and train it on the embedded system. When you’re done, you’ll have a fully functional quantized CNN you can run on an embedded system that successfully detects and transcribes ASL in real time.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Kanishka Tyagi

Dr. Kanishka Tyagi received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 2008 from Pantnagar, India. Later he worked as a research associate at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, with Dr. P.K.Kalra. He received his master’s and doctoral degree with Dr. Michael Manry in the Department of Electrical Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 and 2017. Currently, he works as a senior machine learning scientist at Aptiv advance research center, California. Prior to Aptiv, he worked at Siemens research, and interned in machine learning groups at The MathWorks and Google Research. He has worked as a visiting researcher at Ajou University and Seoul National University. He received the 2007 and 2011 IEEE CIS Outstanding Student Paper Travel Grant Award and 2013 IEEE CIS Walter Karplus Summer Research Grant award. Dr. Tyagi is an IEEE senior member and member of various IEEE-CIS committees. He currently serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transaction on Neural Network and Learning Systems. Dr. Tyagi has published over 30 papers and filed 17 U.S. patents and trade secrets.

Raghavendra Sriram

Raghavendra Sriram completed his bachelor’s degree in engineering at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Canara Engineering College in Mangalore in 2012. Currently, he’s a senior development engineer for OBD systems working at Paccar, Inc. in Mt. Vernon, WA. His work focuses on developing innovative solutions to diagnostic capabilities for diesel engine misfire detection and calibration efforts using machine learning and optimization techniques. Previously, he developed and designed diagnostic algorithms for after-treatment systems. Before joining the industry, he worked as a researcher under the guidance of Dr. Frank L. Lewis in the electrical department at the University of Texas at Arlington, focusing mainly on developing and implementing intelligent control algorithms on various robotics platforms. He has extensive experience with multiple rapid prototyping systems and tools, has been awarded several university department scholarships for research, and contributed to several journals and research groups.


The liveProject is for intermediate Python programmers who know the basics of data science. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Raspberry Pi/edge computer
  • Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 +
  • Intermediate Python
  • Basics of Jupyter Notebook
  • Intermediate NumPy
  • Intermediate TensorFlow
  • Conda/pip virtual environment setup skill
  • Basics of data science
  • Understand logistic regressions and classification
  • Load data on a neural network
  • Train a neural network
  • Assess a CNN model
  • Basics of linear algebra (vectors, spaces, matrix transformations)

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to design and build a real-time implementation of a CNN model that’s optimized for an embedded platform.

  • Set up a real-time training algorithm on an embedded board
  • Train, evaluate, and tune hyperparameters on an embedded board
  • Workflow of model tuning from the desktop to the embedded board


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