Seminar by İbrahim Volkan İşler on November 9th @19:30
Prof. Dr. İbrahim Volkan İşler from the Computer Science & Engineering Department of the University of Minnesota will be the next guest on ROMER Talks on Wednesday, November 09th @19:30. The seminar will be held online, the information on the Zoom session is given below. Please feel free to share and join us at the seminar.
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Meeting ID: 941 7708 6079
Title: From Surveying Farms to Tidying our Homes with Robots
Abstract: For decades, the robotics community has been working on developing intelligent autonomous machines that can perform complex tasks in unstructured environments. We are now closer than ever to delivering on this promise. Robotic systems are being developed, tested and deployed for a wide range of applications. In this talk, I will present our work on building robots for agriculture and home automation which are two application domains with distinct sets of associated challenges. In agriculture, robots must be capable of operating on very large farms under rough conditions while maintaining precision to efficiently perform tasks such as yield mapping, fruit picking and weeding. In these applications, the state-of-the-art perception algorithms are capable of generating intermediate geometric representations of the environment. However, the resulting planning problems are often hard. I will present some of our work on tracking and mapping and give examples of field deployments. In home automation, the robots must be able to handle a large variety of objects and clutter. In such settings, generating precise geometric models as intermediate representations is not always possible. To address this challenge, I will present our recent and ongoing work on developing state representations for coupled perception and action planning for representative home automation applications such as decluttering.
Bio: Ibrahim Volkan Isler is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota and the head of Samsung AI Center in NY.