Robots – Like Small Fast Insects

robobee_hover“Silvia Ferrari, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with Robert J. Wood (Harvard University), is working toward a future where autonomous, small-scale robots would have similar capabilities, sensing and responding to their environments and maneuvering without human commands. These robots would be particularly invaluable for surveillance or reconnaissance missions in dangerous or remote environments.”

Read the full article here.

New Grant! Convolutional-Feature Analysis and Control for Mobile Visual Scene Perception

surveillancefigUsing a combination of recent developments, ranging from computer vision to decentralized estimation and control, this project will develop a deep-learning Bayesian-optimization framework hinging on sparse features for mobile cooperative scene perception. The methods developed in this project will be tested using real video data from Cornell’s campus as well as virtual data generated using a realistic game engine.

Cornell Chronicle: Researchers link robots to surveillance teams

recode: These surveillance robots will work together to chase down suspects

Cornell Research: Collaborative Robotic Surveillance

We beat the AI record in Ms. Pac Man!

pacmanOur recent work using Ms. Pac Man as a benchmark problem for optimal control strategies has been featured on BGR, Tom’s Guide, and in the Cornell Chronicle! You can read more about how our control strategy beat the previous Ms. Pac Man AI record here!

BGR: Scientists built an AI that is really, really good at ‘Ms. Pac-Man’

Cornell Chronicle: Engineers eat away at Ms. Pac-Man score with artificial player

Tom’s Guide (FR): Cette IA est imbattable à Miss Pac-Man

The New Yorker: Could Ms. Pac-Man train the next generation of military drones?

Conference for Decision and Control (CDC) 2016

We had two papers accepted to CDC 2016!

  • P. Zhu, J. Morelli, S. Ferrari, “Value Function Approximation for the Control of Multiscale Dynamical Systems,” Proc. of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, NV, December 2016, in press.  [PDF]
  • T. S. Clawson, S. Ferrari, S. B. Fuller, R. J. Wood, “Spiking Neural Network (SNN) Control of a Flapping Insect-scale Robot,” Proc. of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, NV, December 2016, in press.  [PDF]