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Fall 2014 GRASP Seminar – Julie Shah, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Integrating Robots into Team-Oriented Environments”

September 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Recent advances in computation,
sensing, and hardware enable robotics to perform an increasing percentage of
traditionally manual tasks in manufacturing. Yet, often the assembly mechanic
cannot be removed entirely from the process. This provides new economic
motivation to explore opportunities where human workers and industrial robots
may work in close physical collaboration. In this talk, I present the
development of new algorithmic techniques for collaborative plan execution that
scale to real-world industrial applications.  I also discuss the design of new models for
robot planning, which use insights and data derived from the planning and
execution strategies employed by successful human teams, to support more
seamless robot participation in human work practices. This includes models for human-robot
team training, which involves hands-on practice to clarify sequencing and
timing of actions, and for team planning, which includes communication to
negotiate and clarify allocation and sequencing of work. The aim is to support
both the human and robot workers in co-developing a common understanding of task
responsibilities and information requirements, to produce more effective human-robot


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Shah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and
Astronautics at MIT and leads the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer
Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Shah received her SB (2004) and
SM (2006) from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and her
PhD (2010) in Autonomous Systems from MIT. Before joining the faculty, she
worked at Boeing Research and Technology on robotics applications for aerospace
manufacturing. She has developed innovative methods for enabling fluid
human-robot teamwork in time-critical, safety-critical domains, ranging from
manufacturing to surgery to space exploration. Her group draws on expertise in
artificial intelligence, human factors, and systems engineering to develop
interactive robots that emulate the qualities of effective human team members
to improve the efficiency of human-robot teamwork. Shah is the recipient of a
2014 NSF CAREER Award, and her work was recognized by the Technology Review as
one of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013. She has received international
recognition in the form of best paper awards and nominations from the
International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the IEEE/ACM International
Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, and the International Symposium on


September 19, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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