Nathen Ho ’21

Analyzing Top Dynamics through AprilTag Tracking within MATLAB

Position tracking is very important in the field of engineering and robotics because it allows researchers to analyze the dynamics or motion of an object. In this project, I track the rotation, position, and orientation of a spinning top using AprilTags. Through MATLAB, the positions of the tag can be accurately recorded frame-by-frame through video analysis programs. After collecting data on the dynamics of the spinning top for multiple trials, the collected positions will be compared against a simulation of the spinning top.

Over the summer, I really learned the importance of asking questions. My PI was kind enough to schedule regular meetings with me to answer individual questions I had. As a high schooler, we're not expected to know everything, so the meetings not only helped me complete the project but learn along the way. Nathen Ho ’21