I am LAIA’s Raspberry Pi Subject Matter Expert!


This past summer while attending the Maker Faire in our Nation’s capital I was blown away by one of the contestants at the fair that used facial recognition software to determine individual’s emotions. I was amazed at how accurate the flat screen display was as far as recognizing participants who passed by. That was the first time I heard about and witnessed one of the many implications of Raspberry Pi. Through further research and hands on implementation, I plan to become a subject matter expert of Raspberry Pi to help others in our lab (LAIA) become better informed on the topic.rapsberrypi

Raspberry Pi is a miniature size pc about the size of card that can be purchased at a low cost. The device was created as a learning tool for people of all ages to better understand and explore computing.

Multiple models have been released dating to 2012 with the first generation  1 following up this year with the Raspberry Pi 3. One of the practical uses of the device is to create a personal computer with just a monitor and keyboard. Some other uses are magic mirrors, handheld video games, and designing drones. For more information and projects utilizing Raspberry Pi try:


By: Jerry Mahammitt

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LAIA presents at CSU’s 4th Annual Science Symposium

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LAIA Research Scientists did an amazing job presenting our progress so far on the Rooftop Garden Robotics project, even though our slidedeck got altered changing formats from Google Slideshow to Microsoft Powerpoint. 😉  We will fix this for our next presentation at Frederick Douglass High School in the next few weeks.

Coppin State’s LAIA wins 2016 White House HBCU Maker and Innovation Challenge!

LAIA wins White House HBCU Maker and Innovation Challenge June 2016

Pictured Left to Right: Shamsuddin Khan, Jerry Mahammitt, and Dr. Leshell Hatley (all of Coppin State University) standing behind their Rooftop Garden Robotics Prototype after winning 1st place at the White HBCU/TCU Maker & Innovation Challenge, June 20, 2016.


Sponsored by The Juxtopia Group and its leader Dr. Jayfus Doswell, a native of Baltimore, the Lab for Artificial Intelligence and its Applications (LAIA) at Coppin State University team designed the Rooftop Garden Robotics project and with it, won 1st place against 8 teams for various HBCUs including Morehouse College, Spelman College, and North Carolina A&T University.  Rooftop Garden Robotics is a project geared towards addressing the issue of food deserts in Baltimore City.  The project consists of a rooftop garden, a robot designed to maintain and harvest the garden, and a drone to bring freshly picked vegetables from the rooftop to the ground where it can be shared, sold, cooked, and eaten.  Artificial Intelligent software governs the interaction between humans, the robot, and the drone to make for a seamless process.  The LAIA team build a prototype of the robot and garden portion and submitted to the White House HBCU/TCU Maker & Innovation Challenge.  You can view more images from the event in our blog and gallery section here.  Research and design for the project continues and will soon involve students from area high schools including Coppin Academy and Frederick Douglass High School.

Pictured Left to Right: Coppin State University’s Jerry Mahammitt, Dr. Leshell Hatley, and Shamsuddin Khan accepting the 1st Place Award for the White House HBCU Maker & Innovation Challenge, June 20, 2016.

LAIA wins 1st Place in the 2016 HBCU Making & Innovation Challenge (Image of Award)

Coppin State University’s LAIA wins 1st Place in the 2016 HBCU Making & Innovation Challenge (Image of Award)