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Autonomous, Scalable and Robust Fusion for Collaborative Robotic Bayesian Inference

Autonomous, Scalable and Robust Fusion for Collaborative Robotic Bayesian Inference

Wednesday 21/12/2022
  • Ofer Dagan
  • Ofer Dagan is a PhD student in the Aerospace engineering sciences department at CU boulder.
  • Classroom 165, ground floor, Library, Aerospace Eng.
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  • Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • The talk will be given in English

The idea of a robotic team cooperating on a joint task can be allegorized to a group of people working together. Often people have different capabilities, different knowledge, and different worldviews. However, when collaborating, people naturally know how to summarize only the relevant information to achieve a joint goal. For a team of robots that needs to work together, this human capability is not trivial. The robot’s ability to make sense and act in a constantly changing environment is much less effective than what the human brain does.

My goal is to enable teams of robots to collaborate in a robust, autonomous, and scalable manner on a variety of complementary tasks. Toward this goal I take a probabilistic approach to robotics, where a robot models the uncertainty in how it perceives the world using a probability distribution (pdf). In Bayesian decentralized data fusion (DDF) this approach is leveraged to allow any two robots in a network to gain new data by sharing their posterior pdfs, representing their estimate. However, DDF methods do not scale well as the number of robots in the network increase, since they frequently require all robots to process and communicate the full global pdf. In this talk I will show how the global problem can be “broken” into smaller locally relevant problems, thus significantly improves communication and computation requirements for each robot. I will present new scalable algorithms and demonstrate their applicability to collaborative inference problems with simulations and hardware experiments on robotic platforms.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture
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