This week, we are excited to host Professor Pulkit Agrawal from MIT! Join us on Friday (10/14/2022) at 1 pm CT to learn about robot learning!
Title: Coming of Age of Robot Learning
Abstract: I will discuss our progress in building robotic systems that are agile, dexterous, and real-world-ready in their ability to function in diverse scenarios. The key technical challenge of control in contact-rich problems is addressed using machine learning methods and the results will be illustrated via the following case studies: (i) a dexterous manipulation system capable of re-orienting novel objects. (ii) an agile quadruped robot operating on diverse natural terrains. (iii) a system that only requires a few task demonstrations of an object manipulation task to generalize to new object instances in new configurations.
Bio: Pulkit is the Steven and Renee Finn Chair Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where he directs the Improbable AI Lab. His research interests span robotics, deep learning, computer vision, and reinforcement learning. His work has received the Best Paper Award at Conference on Robot Learning 2021 and Best Student Paper Award at Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2011. He is a recipient of the Sony Faculty Research Award, Salesforce Research Award, Amazon Research Award, a Fulbright fellowship, etc. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Bachelor's degree from IIT Kanpur, where he was awarded the Directors Gold Medal and co-founded SafelyYou Inc.
Location: We will meet only virtually. Please use the following zoom meeting information to join us:
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Meeting ID: 846 7722 4909
For graduate students: Note that we will be taking attendance so that you can get credit for the graduate seminars course if approved by your department. Please contact the graduate office at your department for further details.
Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!
Negar Mehr, Guillermo Colin Navarro, Maulik Bhatt, Saurabh Gupta, John M. Hart, and Kris Hauser