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Spring 2012 GRASP Seminar – Satyandra K. Gupta, University of Maryland, “Planning for Autonomous Robotic Operations in Physically Challenging Environments”

February 10, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Autonomous robotic
operations require robots to be able to automatically generate plans.
Physically challenging environments require robots to be able to negotiate
around dynamically moving objects, cope with significant uncertainties in the
outcome of action execution, sensor limitations, and the presence of
intelligent adversaries. This seminar will cover the following four topics. First,
I will describe a planning architecture that integrates task planning, behavior
selection, and trajectory planning in a seamless manner to successfully handle
physically challenging environments. This approach provides the right balance
between deliberative and reactive planning during the execution of complex
tasks in a dynamic uncertain environment. Second, I will describe our work in
the area of physically accurate computationally efficient simulations to enable
physics-aware planning. Third, I will describe computational synthesis
techniques for automatically generating sophisticated reactive behaviors. This synthesis approach automatically generates an
initial version of an action selection policy and then gradually refines it by
detecting and fixing its shortcomings. Finally,
I will describe an approach for integrating game tree search concepts within our
planning framework to manage risks. The following applications will be used to
illustrate the approach: (1) guarding of a valuable asset by autonomous unmanned sea surface vehicles, (2) supply
mission on a rugged terrain by unmanned
ground vehicles, and (3) assembly of micro particles in a
fluidic medium using holographic optical tweezers.


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Dr. Satyandra K.
Gupta is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Institute
for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the
director of the Maryland Robotics Center. Prior to joining the University of
Maryland, he was a Research Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie
Mellon University. He received a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in
Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee (currently known as
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) in 1988, a Master of Technology (M.
Tech.) degree in Production Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology,
Delhi in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University
of Maryland in 1994.

Dr. Gupta’s
interest is broadly in the area of automation. He is specifically interested in
automation problems arising in Engineering Design, Manufacturing, and Robotics.
His current research focus is mainly on simulation-based computational
synthesis and automated planning. He is a fellow of the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE
Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
, ASME Journal of
Computing and Information Science in Engineering
, and SME Journal of
Manufacturing Processes

Dr. Gupta has authored
or co-authored more than two hundred forty articles in journals, conference
proceedings, and book chapters. Awards received by Dr. Gupta include a Best
Paper Award in 1994 ASME International
Conference on Computers in Engineering
, a Best Paper Award in 1999 ASME Design for Manufacturing
, a Young Investigator Award from Office of Naval Research in
2000, a Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from
Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2001, a CAREER Award from National
Science Foundation in 2001, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists
and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001, a Best Paper Award in 2006 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, and a Best Paper Award in 2010 ASME Mechanism and Robotics Conference.
He received Kos
Ishii-Toshiba Award from ASME in


February 10, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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