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RBE Colloquium Series: Dr. Dylan Shell | Robot illusions, fakery, and multi-experiments


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WPI Robotics Engineering
Friday, December 04, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Dr. Dylan Shell

Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University

Robot illusions, fakery, and multi-experiments


Friday, December 4, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Abstract: I want to discuss problems in which robots conspire to present a view of the world that differs from reality. The inquiry is motivated by the problem of validating robot behavior physically despite there being a discrepancy between the robots we have at hand and those we wish to study, or the environment for testing that is available versus that which is desired, or other potential mismatches in this vein. I'm going to talk about our recent work that lays the theoretical groundwork for such concepts and demonstrates its feasibility and utility: specifically consider the efficiency of robot experiments by examining the feasibility of conducting several experiments simultaneously, interleaving execution and sharing resources between them.

Bio: Dylan Shell is an associate professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.  He is a computer scientist with interests in robotics and AI, having received undergraduate degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Southern California.  His research aims to analyze and synthesize complex, intelligent behavior in distributed systems, especially those that interact with the physical world  His current focus is on questions related to algorithmic and formal foundations.  He has published papers on multi-robot task allocation, robotics for emergency scenarios, biologically inspired multiple robot systems, multi-robot routing, estimation of group-level swarm properties, minimalist manipulation, rigid-body simulation and contact models, human-robot interaction, and robotic theatre.  His work has been funded by DARPA and the NSF; and he has been the recipient of the Montague Teaching award, the George Bekey Service award, and the NSF Career.


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