Robotics Engineering Colloquium - Challenges at Amazon Robotics

Friday, December 09, 2016
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Floor/Room #: 
GP 1002

Dr. Thomas Mack
Amazon Robotics 

Challenges at Amazon Robotics

Abstract:   At Amazon Robotics, we use a fleet of robots working together with humans to solve a massive logistics problem: how to provide a huge variety of items quickly and cheaply to customers across the world. The gigantic scale of Amazon Robotics creates a variety of software, hardware, and optimization problems, but it also gives us the resources and flexibility to solve them in creative ways. In this talk, we discuss the techniques we’ve developed to meet that challenge, the software and hardware infrastructure we’ve developed to support them, and our work with the Amazon Picking Challenge.

Bio: Thomas Mack is a research scientist at Amazon Robotics, currently working on optimization problems in logistics. He completed his PhD in mathematics in 2006 at Caltech in the field of hyperbolic manifold topology, and his research interests include mathematical optimization, machine learning, and algebraic topology.

Friday, December 9, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
60 Gateway Park, GP 1002