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RBE Colloquium Series: Dr. Angela Faragasso | Reproducibility and benchmarking in Robotics and Healthcare


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WPI Robotics Engineering
Friday, November 13, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Dr. Angela Faragasso

University of Tokyo, Japan

Reproducibility and benchmarking in Robotics and Healthcare

Friday, November 13, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Abstract: In robotics research the Replicability and Reproducibility (RR) of results and their objective evaluation and comparison in seldom practice. This situation impairs both research progress and technology transfer. Although, significant progress has been made in the recent years, reproducibility of robotics and AI research is still in its infancy, and this prevent serious development in benchmarking and verification of intelligent systems as the related scientific ground is unstable. Additional challenges arise in medical and rescue robotics in which remote-controlled machines are replacing humans in hazardous and dangerous tasks.

In this talk I will analyze problems related to the implementation of RR research and provide hints on how we can create  methods for the objective comparison of different algorithms and systems (including shared concepts for task, capability, and behavior representation), and replication of published results.

Bio: Angela Faragasso is project assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. She started her research studies with focus on vision-based navigation at La Sapienza, University of Rome. During her master she won a scholarship and joined for one year the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at the Texas A&M University. Her PhD project started in late 2012 at the Centre for Robotics Research, King’s College London and was funded by the EPSRC and the EU FP7 project STIFF-FLOP.  In November 2016 she won the JSPS postdoctoral research fellowship and joined the Service Robotics Laboratory at the University of Tokyo, where in April 2019 she was promote to assistant professor.

From 2018 Dr Faragasso became associate editor of the Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM) and junior co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee for Performance Evaluation & Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems (TC-PEBRAS).

Angela Faragasso research activities involve different fields of robotics applications, such as medical, rescue and automation. What has always been a constant in her research, is the use of image processing algorithms to perform autonomous control or to understand properties of objects in the environment, i.e. stiffness, in real-time. Additional research interest involves reproducibility of research and objective performance evaluation of intelligent robotic systems, rescue robotics and intelligent construction systems.

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