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Summer 2023 GRASP Seminar: Claire Tomlin, University of California at Berkeley, “Safe Learning in Control”

August 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This is a hybrid event with in-person attendance in the GRASP Treehouse and virtual attendance on Zoom.


In many applications of autonomy in robotics, guarantees that constraints are satisfied throughout the learning process are paramount. We present a controller synthesis technique based on the computation of reachable sets, using optimal control and game theory. Then, we present methods for combining reachability with learning-based methods, to enable performance improvement while maintaining safety, and to move towards safe robot control with learned models of the dynamics and the environment. We will discuss different interaction models with other agents, and some implications of model vs. learning-based predictions.


Claire Tomlin

Claire Tomlin

Claire Tomlin is the James and Katherine Lau Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. Claire received her BASc in EE from the University of Waterloo in 1992, her M.Sc. in EE from Imperial College, London, in 1993, and her PhD in EECS from Berkeley in 1998.  She held the positions of Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor at Stanford from 1998-2007, and in 2005 joined Berkeley.  Claire works in hybrid systems and control, and integrates machine learning methods with control theoretic methods in the field of safe learning.  She works in the applications of air traffic and unmanned air vehicle systems.  Claire is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and an AIMBE Fellow.  She was awarded the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council in 2003, an Honorary Doctorate from KTH in 2016, and in 2017 she won the IEEE Transportation Technologies Award.  In 2019, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


August 11, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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GRASP Treehouse – Pennovation Complex; LAB Building (Bldg 250 – Suite 250)
3401 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146 United States
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