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DTC Science and Technology Innovators Lecture Series

Teams of Autonomous Robots: Perception, Cognition, and Action


Manuela M. Veloso
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, February 8, 2005
4:30 p.m. Reception
5:00 p.m. Seminar

402 Walter Library


SEVERAL RESEARCHERS HAVE INVESTED SIGNIFICANT EFFORT studying multi-robot systems. Robot soccer, as a pioneering multi-robot task, has offered a concrete challenging research testbed. In robot soccer, a team of multiple robots faces an uncertain and dynamic environment created by a team of opponent robots. This research has resulted in the development of single-robot and multi-robot perception, cognition, and action algorithms. To form an effective team of robots, individual robots need to be robust. This research group has developed effective object recognition, localization, and behavior-based algorithms. In addition, to achieve a reliable team of robots, they have conducted research on team coordination strategies, team response to a dynamic world, behavior recognition, opponent modeling, and multiagent learning. This talk will present Professor Veloso's and her research group's contributions to addressing these multi-robot challenges.


The talk will conclude by putting Professor Veloso's research goals in perspective and will discuss some of the fascinating open questions towards creating increasingly robust teams of autonomous robots.


Manuela M. Veloso is Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon. She also received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1980 and an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1984 from the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon.


Professor Veloso researches in the area of artificial intelligence with focus on planning, control learning, and execution for single and multirobot teams. Professor Veloso has developed teams of robot soccer agents, which have been RoboCup world champions several times. Professor Veloso is a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. Professor Veloso is the author of the book Planning and Learning by Analogical Reasoning and editor of several other books. She is also an author in over 100 journal articles and conference papers.