MEMS Seminar: Robots at Sea
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A
Professor Gaurav Sukhatme
Underwater robotics is undergoing a transformation. Advances in AI and machine learning are enabling a new generation of underwater robots to make intelligent decisions (where to sample? how to navigate?) by reasoning about their environment (what is the shipping and water forecast?). At USC, we are engaged in a long-term effort to explore ideas and develop algorithms that will lead to persistent, autonomous underwater robots. In this talk, I will discuss some of our recent results focusing on two problems in adaptive sampling: underwater change detection and biological sampling. Time permitting; I will also present recent work on hazard avoidance, allowing underwater robots to operate in regions where there is substantial ship traffic.Lunch will be served at 11:30 am.