CS Colloquium: Michael Everett (MIT) - Fully Autonomous Robot Navigation in Human Environments
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: RTH 109
Speaker: Michael Everett, MIT
Talk Title: Fully Autonomous Robot Navigation in Human Environments
Series: CS Colloquium
Abstract: Today's robots are still quite limited in their ability to process information about multiple other objects in order to plan safe and efficient motions through previously unseen environments. Major technical challenges are currently sidestepped by restrictive engineering solutions (e.g., preventing humans from working alongside factory robots, collecting detailed prior maps in every intended operating environment). This talk will present frameworks that enable long-term autonomy for robots embedded among pedestrians and context-guided exploration in new environments. Furthermore, it will discuss future research directions toward safely training and deploying robots in our society.
This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium
Biography: Michael Everett is a final-year PhD Candidate at MIT working with Prof. Jonathan How. He received the SM degree (2017) and the SB degree (2015) from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. His research addresses fundamental gaps in the connection of machine learning and real mobile robotics, with recent emphasis on developing the theory of safety/robustness of learned modules. His works have won the Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics at IROS 2019, the Best Student Paper Award and finalist for the Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics at IROS 2017, and finalist for the Best Multi-Robot Systems Paper Award at ICRA 2017. He has been interviewed live on the air by BBC Radio and his robots were featured by Today Show, Reuters, and the Boston Globe.
Host: Nora Ayanian