Computer Science Colloquium

Symbiotic Autonomy: Robots, Humans, and the Web

Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University

November 08, 2013 11:30AM
Warren Weaver Hall, 1302
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012

Fall 2013 Colloquia Calendar


Ernest Davis


We envision ubiquitous autonomous mobile robots that coexist and interact
with humans while performing tasks. Such robots are still far from common,
as our environments offer great challenges to robust autonomous robot
perception, cognition, and action. In this talk, I present symbiotic robot
autonomy in which robots are robustly autonomous in their localization and
navigation, as well as handle they limitations by proactively asking for
help from humans, accessing the web for missing knowledge, and
coordinating with other robots. Such symbiotic autonomy has enabled our
CoBot robots to move in our multi-floor buildings performing a variety of
service tasks, including escorting visitors, and transporting packages
between locations. I will describe CoBot's fully autonomous effective
mobile robot indoor localization and navigation algorithms, its
human-centered task planning, and its symbiotic interaction with the
humans, the web, and other robots. I will further present our ongoing
research on knowledge learning from our speech-based robot interaction
with humans. The talk will be illustrated with results and examples from
many hours-long runs of the robots in our buildings.

The work is joint with Joydeep Biswas, Brian Coltin, Stephanie
Rosenthal, Mehdi Samadi, Tom Kollar, Vittorio Perera, Robin Soetens, and
Yichao Sun.


Manuela M. Veloso is Herbert A. Simon Professor in the Computer Science
Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She researches in Artificial
Intelligence and Robotics. She founded and directs the CORAL research
laboratory, for the study of multiagent systems where agents Collaborate,
Observe, Reason, Act, and Learn, Professor Veloso
is IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and AAAI Fellow. She is the current
President of AAAI, and the past President of RoboCup. She received the
2009 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award for her contributions to
agents in uncertain and dynamic environments, including distributed robot
localization and world modeling, strategy selection in multiagent systems
in the presence of adversaries, and robot learning from demonstration.
Professor Veloso and her students have worked with a variety of autonomous
robots, for robot soccer, education, and service robots. See for further information, including publications.

top | contact webmaster