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GRASP On Robotics: Lydia Kavraki, Rice University, “Motion Planning for Autonomy: Successes and Challenges Ahead”

October 8, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

*This will be a HYBRID Event with in-person attendance in Wu & Chen Auditorium and Virtual attendance via Zoom Webinar here

The past two decades have witnessed incredible advances towards the design of autonomous systems. This talk will discuss the role of motion planning in yielding solutions for an agent that is able to execute a variety of tasks in a variety of settings. Problem decomposition has been and remains a difficult task, and motion planning algorithms are today exploited for this purpose. Another critical step is to produce motion from high-level specifications. The specifications declare what the robot must do, rather than how the task is to be done. In that realm, motion planning principles guide the development of new frameworks that integrate advances in logical reasoning and program synthesis. The talk will discuss the work of my group in the above areas.


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Lydia E. Kavraki is the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering at Rice University. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Crete in Greece and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University. Kavraki also leads the NIH/NLM Training Program in Biomedical Informatics under the auspices of the Gulf Coast Consortia in Houston. Her interests are in AI and its applications in robotics and medicine. Kavraki is the recipient of the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the ACM Athena Award, and the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award. She is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, AAAI, AIMBE, a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the USA, Academia Europaea, and the Academy of Athens. Information about her work can be found at www.kavrakilab.org


October 8, 2021
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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