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DCL Seminar: Evangelos A. Theodorou - The Science of Autonomy: A "Happy" Symbiosis Between Learning, Control and Physics

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Decision and Control Laboratory, Coordinated Science Laboratory
Location
CSL Auditorium, Room B02
Date
Feb 7, 2018   8:30 am  
Speaker
Evangelos A. Theodorou, Ph.D, Georgia Institute of Technology
Contact
Linda Stimson
E-Mail
ls9@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-9449
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Originating Calendar
CSL Decision and Control Group

Decision and Control Lecture Series

Coordinated Science Laboratory

 

“The Science of Autonomy: A "Happy" Symbiosis Between Learning, Control and Physics”

 

Evangelos Theodorou, Ph.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CSL Auditorium (B02)

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Abstract:

In this talk I will present an information theoretic approach to stochastic optimal control and inference  that has advantages  over classical methodologies and theories for decision making under uncertainty. The main idea  is that there are certain connections between optimality principles in control and information theoretic inequalities in statistical physics that allow  us to solve hard decision making problems in robotics, autonomous systems and beyond. There are essentially two different points of view  of the same "thing" and these two different points of view  overlap   for a fairly general class of dynamical systems that undergo stochastic effects.  I will also present a holistic view of autonomy that collapses planning, perception and control into one computational engine, and ask  questions  such as  how organization and structure relates to computation and performance. The last part of my talk includes computational frameworks for uncertainty representation   and suggests ways to incorporate these representations within decision making and control.

 

Bio:

Evangelos A. Theodorou is an assistant professor with the Guggenheim School of aerospace engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also affiliated with the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Evangelos Theodorou earned his Diploma in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece in 2001. He has also received a MSc in Production Engineering from TUC in 2003, a MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Minnesota in spring of 2007 and a MSc in Electrical Engineering on dynamics and controls from the University of Southern California(USC) in Spring 2010. In May of 2011 he graduated with his PhD, in Computer Science at USC. After his PhD, he was  a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the department of computer science and engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. Evangelos Theodorou is the recipient of the King-Sun Fu best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics for the year 2012 and recipient of the best paper award in cognitive robotics in International Conference of Robotics and Automation 2011. He was also the finalist for the best paper award in International Conference of Humanoid Robotics 2010 and International Conference of Robotics and Automation 2017. His theoretical research spans the areas of stochastic optimal control theory, machine learning, information theory and statistical physics. Applications involve learning, planning and control in autonomous, robotics and aerospace systems.

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