Jay Modi Memorial Lecture

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01/25/2010 - 11:00
01/25/2010 - 13:30

Planning, Execution, and Learning for Autonomous Robots in Uncertain Dynamic Environments

Manuela M. Veloso
Herbert A. Simon Professor
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract:
I will share my challenging journey of research on multi-robot systems. Robots are physical agents with a seamless integration of perception, cognition, and action. My presentation will focus on intelligent autonomous robots performing tasks in highly uncertain domains, in particular in robot soccer and indoor tasks. Multiple robots jointly assess the state of their environment, communicate with each other, make decisions, execute actions towards the achievement of team objectives, and learn from observation and feedback based on the outcome of their actions. I will present the solutions we created, and discuss some of many remaining open questions. The talk reports on joint work with my excellent past and present students.

Bio:
Manuela M. Veloso is Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Veloso received a BS and MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior Tecnico, in Lisbon, Portugal, an MA in Computer Science from Boston University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She researches in artificial intelligence and robotics, in the areas of planning and learning for single and multirobot teams in uncertain, dynamic, and adversarial environments. Veloso is a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, and the President of the RoboCup Federation. She was recently awarded the 2009 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award. Veloso is the author of one book on “Planning by Analogical Reasoning” and editor of several other books. She is also an author in over 250 journal articles and conference papers.

To learn more about Manuela Veloso, click here [External Link].

For more information on the Jay Modi Memorial Lecture and Award, click here.

A reception will follow Veloso’s presentation and will be held in Bossone Atrium (3rd floor) between noon and 1:30 p.m.

Click here [External Link] to view the video of the presentation.