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Spring 2018 GRASP Seminar Series: Anca Dragan, UC Berkeley, “Optimal Robot Action For and Around People”

April 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Robots are making progress at autonomously generating actions that optimize specified objective functions. In my lab and together with our collaborators, we work on how to do this optimization when the robot is not acting in isolation, but is sharing the environment with people, and its actions need to end up coordinating well with theirs. More recently, we’ve also turned our attention to what the objective function should be in the first place. We begun to challenge the notion of a perfect pre-specified objective, and instead introduced algorithms that help robots optimize for what people internally want, even when they can’t robustly specify it. We apply these algorithms across different domains, like autonomous driving and collaborative manipulation.


Anca Dragan - Learn More

Dr. Anca Dragan is an Assistant Professor in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley. Her goal is to enable robots to work with, around, and in support of people. She runs the InterACT Lab, where the focus is on algorithms for human-robot interaction — algorithms that move beyond the robot’s function in isolation, and generate robot behavior that also accounts for interaction and coordination with end-users. The lab works across different applications, from assistive robots, to manufacturing, to autonomous cars, and draw from optimal control, planning, estimation, learning, and cognitive science. Dr. Dragan also helped found and serve on the steering committee for the Berkeley AI Research (BAIR) Lab, and am a co-PI of the Center for Human-Compatible AI. She was also honored by the Sloan Fellowship, MIT TR35, the Okawa award, and an NSF CAREER award.


April 20, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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