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GRASP Special Seminar: Aveek Das, Area17, “A robotics journey – from self driving cars to autonomous drones”

November 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


In this talk I hope to share some nuggets from my work in robotics since I graduated from the GRASP laboratory 14 years ago. First I will briefly summarize my thesis work in multi-robot formation control using decentralized control graphs. This will be followed by a summary of some of the R&D work performed while I was at the Center for Vision Technologies in SRI International, Princeton. This will include vision-based navigation and mapping, real time obstacle detection and collision avoidance for a variety of robotic platforms including the self-driving cars at the DARPA Urban Challenge. Finally I will present the work we are doing at area17 which is a spin-out venture from SRI International. We are integrating our proprietary perception and navigation software with off-the shelf components onto an aerial drone platform, which can operate fully autonomously for commercial and consumer applications.


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Aveek Kumar Das is the co-founder and CTO of area17, a robotics startup developing vision based navigation for autonomous machines operating without GPS. Aveek received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003,advised by Professor Vijay Kumar at the GRASP Laboratory. He is widely cited for his doctoral research in vision based control and coordination of multi-robot formations. Aveek joined SRI International in Princeton after graduation and has worked on a wide range of robotic technologies funded by both Government and commercial contracts for 12 years. He has worked on developing vision based automotive driver assist technologies leading up to the DARPA Urban Challenge, automation of bomb disposal robots, search and retrieval robots, multi-robot mapping and exploration, leading up to fully autonomous fielded UGV systems. In 2015, Aveek moved to SRI International in Menlo Park as Associate Director at the Robotics Program, where he worked on developing the next generation of human robot collaboration for factory automation. In 2016 area17 was spun out of SRI and Aveek joined as the technical head.


November 9, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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