Why Is Dynamic Robotic Simulation So Bad, And When Will It Get Better?

Dr. Evan Drumwright
PhD. Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department 
The George Washington University

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Abstract: Dynamic robotic simulation will eventually accelerate robotics research dramatically through effective validation, super-fast learning, and lowered barriers to research participation. However, the difficulty of effectively simulating robots performing tasks that entail physical interaction is currently on par with programming robots situated in real environments. Participants in DARPA's Robotics Challenge are in fact now experiencing significant simulation-related problems. I'll describe why the vision described above has been so hard to achieve, and I'll show recent research from the GWU Positronics Lab toward meeting it.

Evan Drumwright is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at George Washington University. He has been a visiting researcher at Honda Research Institute USA and visiting faculty at the University of Memphis.  

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Willow Garage.

December 5, 2012

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