Robot Motion Planning on a Chip

Speaker: George Konidaris , Brown University

Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: 32-G449 (Patil/Kiva)

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Despite decades of research, real-time, general-purpose robot motion planning remains beyond our reach. A solution to this problem is critical to dealing with natural environments that are not carefully controlled or designed, and our inability to solve it is a major obstacle preventing the widespread deployment of robots in the workplace and the home.

I will describe recent research that aims to solve the real time motion planning problem through the use of a specialized hardware: a custom processor designed solely and specifically to perform motion planning, capable of finding plans for interesting robots in less than one millisecond, while consuming less than 15 watts. I will describe the design of this processor, the research questions and trade-offs that that design induces, and the new potential capabilities created by the ability to find thousands of plans per second.

(Collaborative research with Sean Murray, Will Floyd-Jones, Ying Qi, and Dan Sorin, all of Duke University.)

George Konidaris is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Brown. Before joining Brown, he was on the faculty at Duke, and a postdoctoral researcher at MIT. George holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, and a BScHons in Computer Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the recent recipient of Young Faculty Awards from DARPA and the AFOSR.

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