This paper develops a new indirect method for distributed optimal control (DOC) that is applicable to optimal planning for very-large-scale robotic (VLSR) systems in complex environments. Read the full article here.
“A robot that can perform a task better and more accurately is valuable indeed. But what if a group of robots could work together to accomplish goals and tasks better than they ever could individually? A team of researchers recently put their minds to just that concept.” Read the full article here.
The paper by Hanna Oh-Descher of Duke University, in collaboration with Silvia Ferrari, “Probabilistic inference under time pressure leads to a cortical-to-subcortical shift in decision evidence integration” has been published in NeuroImage, Vol. 162, pp.138-150, November 2017. Read the full article here.
“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.”
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Using 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
Cornell Research: Collaborative Robotic Surveillance
Our 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!
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?
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]