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Thu 10:00 AM

McCormick Robotics Speaker Series: Laurel Riek

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When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  

Where: Technological Institute, Room M416, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Jarvis Schultz   847.491.5474

Group: Master of Science in Robotics

Category: Academic



Fluent Human Robot Teaming in Safety Critical Environments


Robots are now entering our daily lives - in the home, on the road, in offices, and in hospitals. To operate proximately with people, robots need the ability to dynamically and quickly interpret human activities, understand context, and take appropriate (and safe) actions. They also need to learn from and adapt to people long term. My research focuses on building robots that autonomously solve problems in human environments, particularly those that are safety critical (e.g., hospitals, homes, and factories). Recent contributions include new methods to model stochastic environments and circumvent sensor noise and occlusion, new techniques to enable robots to robustly solve problems under limited computational resources, and methods for robots to perceive and learn from people long term. Our primary application focus is healthcare, with recent work in emergency medicine and neurorehabilitation. This talk will describe several recent projects in this space.



Dr. Laurel Riek is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, with joint appointments in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Contextual Robotics Institute. Dr. Riek the Healthcare Robotics Lab, and leads research in human-robot teaming, computer vision, and healthcare engineering, and builds autonomous systems which work proximately with people. Riek's current research projects have applications in critical care, neurorehabilitation, and manufacturing. Dr. Riek received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and B.S. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon. Riek served as a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Roboticist at The MITRE Corporation from 2000-2008, working on learning and vision systems for robots, and held the Clare Boothe Luce chair in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame from 2011-2016. Dr. Riek has received the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Qualcomm Research Award, and was named one of ASEE's 20 Faculty Under 40.


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