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Spring 2014 GRASP Seminar: Andrea Thomaz, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Designing Learning Interactions for Robots”

April 11, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: In this talk I present recent work from the Socially Intelligent
Machines Lab at Georgia Tech. One of the focuses of our lab is on
Socially Guided Machine Learning, building robot systems that can learn
from everyday human teachers. We look at standard Machine Learning
interactions and redesign interfaces and algorithms to support the
collection of learning input from naive humans. This talk covers
results on building computational models of reciprocal social
interactions, high-level task goal learning, low-level skill learning,
and active learning interactions using several humanoid robot platforms.


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Andrea L. Thomaz is an Associate Professor of Interactive Computing at
the Georgia Insti- tute of Technology. She directs the Socially
Intelligent Machines lab, which is affiliated with the Robotics and
Intelligent Machines (RIM) Center and with the Graphics Visualization
and Usability (GVU) Center. She earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer
Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, and Sc.M.
and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 2002 and 2006. Dr. Thomaz has published in
the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Human-Robot
Interaction. She has received recognition as a young leader in her
field, receiving an ONR Young Investigator Award in 2008, and an NSF
CAREER award in 2010. Her work has been featured on the front page of
the New York Times, on NOVA Science Now, she was named one of MIT
Technology Review’s Top 35 under 35 in 2009, and on Popular Science
Magazine’s Brilliant 10 list in 2012.


April 11, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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