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Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts junior William Heitman, of Baton Rouge, attends the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems held Sept. 24-28 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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William Heitman, a Baton Rouge junior at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, attended the 30th annual International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems held Sept. 24-28 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Heitman has been researching robotics for an independent study project involving the design and construction of a robot to research human-robot interaction, machine learning, computer vision and other fields, a news release said. LSMSA physics instructor Robert Dalling is his faculty sponsor.

His research involves a collaboration with Northwestern State University’s Jafar Al Sharab and Curtis Desselles, both of the Department of Engineering Technology. The LSMSA Foundation has helped fund the project.

The topic of the conference was computer vision, a key part of Heitman’s research. It was his second international robotics gathering, with his first being the inaugural Robotics World Championship in St. Louis in 2015.

Heitman hopes to present a paper at next year’s conference, which will be held in Madrid.

He is a mentor for fourth- and fifth-grade robotics students at NSU Elementary Lab and hopes to study robotics at the university level after he graduates from LSMSA in 2019.