Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan work-a-thon update: October 2019

Collaboration with Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan and DXC's London Innovation Center.

In a groundbreaking initiative with Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan and The Scott-Morgan Foundation, DXC Technology and world-class partners are helping Peter use the most advanced robotics and AI to turn him into what he calls the “world’s very first full Cyborg.” This initiative demonstrates the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve and transform the quality of life for people throughout the world, especially those with an extreme disability.

DXC hosted a work-a-thon in August at its London Innovation Center, bringing together partners to build a cutting-edge AI system that will let Peter use his eyes to control an avatar that speaks in his own voice and reflects his emotions facially, and manipulate Cyborg Artist software to create original works of art. Below is the update for October.

Art created by Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan and Cyborg Artist software debuted in London at “Art beyond limits,” an exhibition celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Association.

Peter displayed the unique art piece he created jointly with the Cyborg Artist software developed by DXC Technology and partners. This was the first public showing of the AI-inspired art, called “METAMORPHOSIS.”

“Seeing Peter’s cyborg art at the MND event was the most rewarding thing I’ve done at DXC,” said Jerry Overton, DXC Fellow and head of Artificial Intelligence in DXC’s Analytics group, who is leading the integration effort. Overton tweeted the photo below from the exhibition.

Jerry Overton and Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan at ArtMND40 event.

Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan and DXC Technology data scientist Jerry Overton are photographed in front of “METAMORPHOSIS,” the artwork created by Peter and the Cyborg Artist software, which DXC helped develop.

Just prior to the event, which was held October 2-6 at the Oxo Tower Wharf in London, the film crew from Sugar Films, which is creating a documentary about Peter, filmed the solution development team collaborating with Peter at DXC Technology’s London Innovation Center.

Collaboration with Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan and DXC's London Innovation Center.

At left, Steve Nicklin, a chief technologist at DXC Technology, collaborates with Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan at DXC’s London Innovation Center a few hours before the “Art beyond limits” exhibit. The Sugar Films crew is in the foreground.

“It was a real pleasure working with Peter and Permobil in the London Innovation Center to finalize his wheelchair customizations,” observed Steve Nicklin, a chief technologist at DXC. “I think these will offer significant benefits to Peter’s overall well-being going forward.”

These benefits include: flexible screen and eye-tracker mounts, outward facing avatar display (for emotion expression), quick-release and stow arms to assist in Peter’s transfer to/from the chair, as well as improvements to co-pilot controls to help his team. Permobil is providing the specialized robotic wheelchair called CHARLIE (Cyborg Harness And Robotic Life-Improving Exoskeleton). It is a sophisticated wheelchair that can stand upright, lie flat and rise, as Peter noted in this tweet that included the photo below.

Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan tests the CHARLIE wheelchair by Permobil.

Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan tests the CHARLIE wheelchair by Permobil.

Learn more about Peter and the initiative in this video by The Daily News.

 View DXC’s September 2019 work-a-thon update.

 

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