RASC Seminar: Jeremy L. Wyatt (University of Birmingham) - Robots in Our World: Uncertain, Incomplete and Unfamiliar
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Speaker: Jeremy L. Wyatt, University of Birmingham
Talk Title: Robots in Our World: Uncertain, Incomplete and Unfamiliar
Series: RASC Seminar Series
Abstract: To make transfer to applications in everyday domains robots require the ability to cope with novelty, incomplete information and uncertainty. In this talk I will describe a line of work carried out over ten years that provides methods to tackle this. In particular I will focus on two problems: object search and manipulation. Both require the ability to reason about open or novel worlds. The results are demonstrated in a variety of robot systems: in particular the Dora and Boris robots. Dora is one of the first mobile robots able to plan in open worlds, using the notion of assumptions. Dora also uniquely attempts to explain and then verify explanations in the face of failure. Boris is a robot system for manipulation that can grasp novel objects, and if there is time I will also describe algorithms we are developing for Boris that allow active gathering of information to support manipulation.
Biography: Jeremy L Wyatt is Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Birmingham. He gained his PhD from Edinburgh in 1996. He has published more than 80 papers, been the recipient of two best paper awards, and has led a variety of international robotics projects. He is interested in particular in robot planning and learning.
Host: Stefan Schaal
Audiences: Everyone Is Invited
Posted By: Assistant to CS chair