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Spring 2018 GRASP Seminar Series: Nils Napp, SUNY at Buffalo, “Robust Autonomous Construction in Unknown and Unstructured Environments”

April 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Prof. Napp will present research on reliably building support structures in cluttered and un-prepared environments using autonomous robots, both from a theoretical and practical perspective. The focus of the talk is modeling the physical world and the robot’s interactions with it, in such as way that allows the system to synthesize correct actions on the fly based on local sensor information.  Ideally, autonomous construction systems should be able to use a wide variety of building materials, yet the ability to plan and act is closely tied to particular building materials. The talk will present some of the challenges of modeling different material types and how they affect a robot’s ability to formulate long-term plans. 


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Prof. Napp is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Before joining UB in 2014, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, which he joined in 2011 after completing his PhD at the University of Washington. His research interests focus on building and controlling distributed systems that are subject to inherent noise and uncertainty.


April 6, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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