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

Public: Yes

Location: 32-G449 (Patil/Kiva)

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Abstract:

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.)

Bio:
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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