Claremont Discourse: Robots for All!

Thursday, October 7th, 4:15pm - Honnold/Mudd Library, Founders Room
Zachary Dodds, Professor of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College

Once the purview of science fiction, machines that "think" for themselves are now so common that we no longer even give them a second thought. But machines that "act" for themselves are much less common - and less capable. This difficulty comes largely in sensing how the robot gathers data about a its surroundings. To date, robot sensors have offered a trade-off between expense and complexity. Direct scans of an environment are expensive, but easy to interpret. On the other hand, a camera's images are almost free, but they are much more challenging to put to use. Zachary Dodds, Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College, whose specialty is vision and artificial intelligence, will look at some of the current challenges in visual sensing for robots. In addition, he'll talk about recent progress in visual sensing and other areas of robotics that has made "Robots for all!" start to seem more plausible for the near future.

Light refreshments will be provided.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz

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