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Ubotica Technologies Ltd.
DCU Alpha
Old Finglas Road
Glasnevin
Dublin D11KXN4

Overview

Ubotica develops and deploys Machine Learning solutions for industrial and commercial applications on the Myriad family of Vision Processing Units (VPUs). In addition to Neural Network (NN) development it specialises in tuning Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for efficient implementation on embedded devices, where compute and memory resources are constrained, and on combining AI with Computer Vision (CV) pipelines in hardware-targeted applications.

Ubotica’s Deep Learning (DL) experience has been gained through working on applications ranging from human emotion recognition to blood vessel analysis to Optical Character Recognition. It has developed custom Neural Networks that support health diagnosis to aid with the early detection of disease onset and has deep knowledge of state-of-the-art object detection networks through its utilisation of them in its Video Orchestrated Freight Management solution for industrial warehouses. Additionally, Ubotica has several research strands that are exploring such areas as network fusion and formal verification methods for Neural Network dependability.

The majority of Ubotica’s projects and solutions utilise the Myriad™ family of devices from Intel® Movidius™, with many of Ubotica’s employees having previously worked for Movidius. Ubotica is a preferred partner to Intel and a member of Intel’s AI Builders program, and as a member of this program Ubotica has access to state-of-the-art tools and technology to develop its ML solutions. Ubotica’s engineers have detailed and extensive expert knowledge of the operation of the Myriad 2 and Myriad X VPUs, and have developed many demonstrators and commercial solutions targeted to these devices.

Ubotica is most active in the Space segment, developing both software and hardware for a range of space applications in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and European primes. All of these applications utilise the Myriad 2 device as an NN inference or CV processing engine, and use the Ubotica CVAI Toolkit™ for software control.

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Ubotica Computer Vision and AI acceleration engine, prior to radiation testing at CERN. Credit: CERN/Maximilien Brice

Expertise

Ubotica is working with ESA across multiple programmes to perform a complete radiation characterisation of the Myriad 2 device for use in space applications. The Myriad 2 is the most complicated System-on-Chip (SoC) ever to undergo radiation characterisation by ESA, and these programmes required Ubotica’s in-depth knowledge of the hardware and firmware in order to develop a test codebase for use in the radiation campaigns. Analyses of the campaign data has provided Ubotica and ESA with insight into hardware and software mitigation strategies for Myriad 2.

Ubotica’s mission experience of preparing Myriad 2 for flight has been gained through its work with ESA and other partners on In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) projects. It is working on a number of cubesat IODs and on two different space-grade hardware platforms focused on the use of the Myriad 2 for performing CV, ISP and AI inference in space applications. Hardware and software interfaces to a payload On Board Computer (OBC) have been developed and verified through custom testing phases, along with a Myriad 2 test suite covering both chip-level and board-level diagnostics. Through collaborations with several platform and payload providers in the cubesat domain, Ubotica is bringing the power of Deep Learning (DL) and CV processing on Myriad 2 to breadboard prototypes, demonstrators, and commercial missions.

Service Domains

  • Satellite Applications
  • Satellite Technology
  • Space Research

Technology Domains

  • Application
  • EEE Components
  • On Board Data Systems
  • Space Systems Software

Main Space related products, services and projects

  • Services - Myriad 2 Radiation Characterisation
  • Software – CVAI Toolkit for CV and AI in Space Applications
  • Hardware – High Performance Compute Board for EO applications
  • Hardware – UB0100 CubeSat Board for AI and Computer Vision Acceleration
  • Application – Deep Learning Cloud Detection
  • Application – Flare Detection
  • Application – AI approach to Guidance, Navigation and Control

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