Keeping Up with a Changing World

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01/24/2011 - 11:00
01/24/2011 - 13:30

3rd Annual Jay Modi Memorial Lecture & Reception

Sven Koenig
Associate Professor
Computer Science Department
University of Southern California

Lecture:
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone

Reception:
12-1:30 p.m.
Bossone Atrium (3rd floor)

Keeping Up with a Changing World

Abstract:
Intelligent systems (such as robots or decision-support systems) have to exhibit goal-directed behavior in real-time, even if they have only incomplete knowledge of their environment, imperfect abilities to manipulate it, limited or noisy perception or insufficient reasoning speed. Several research disciplines study how one can make good decisions, including artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science, operations research and economics. One can use ideas from these disciplines to build intelligent systems. I will present some examples from my research with a large number of collaborators and students to illustrate that one can often build even better systems when combining ideas from two or more of these disciplines. The focus of this talk will be on replanning. Planning systems often need to replan quickly as their knowledge changes. Replanning from scratch is often very time consuming but incremental heuristic search methods can be used to speed it up, as I will demonstrate in the context of its recent applications in robotics.

Bio:
Sven Koenig is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Most of his research centers around techniques for decision making (planning and learning) that enable single situated agents (such as robots or decision-support systems) and teams of agents to act intelligently in their environments and exhibit goal-directed behavior in real-time, even if they have only incomplete knowledge of their environment, imperfect abilities to manipulate it, limited or noisy perception or insufficient reasoning speed. Additional information about Sven can be found on his webpages: idm-lab.org.

More information about the Jay Modi Memorial Lecture and Award can be found here.

This event will be webcasted. Click here [External Link] to view the video.