UTCS Colloquia/AI- Edwin Olson/University of Michigan, "Winning the MAGIC 2010 Autonomous Robotics Competition", ACES 2.302

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Jenna Whitney
Jan 21, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Type of Talk: UTCS Colloquia/AI

Speaker/Affiliation: Edwin

Olson/University of Michigan

Date/Time: Friday, January 21, 2011, 1

1:00 a.m.

Location: ACES 2.302

Host: Peter Stone

Talk Title:
Winning the MAGIC 2010 Autonomous Robotics Competition

Talk Abstract:

The MAGIC 2010 competition asked teams of robots to collaboratively per

form reconnaissance missions in a 250,000m^2 urban indoor/outdoor environm

ent: explore the area, build a map, and recognize interesting objects---

with as little human intervention as possible. In this talk, I''ll describ

e how our team of 14 robots won the competition and $750,000. Central chal

lenges included inaccurate dead-reckoning information, limited communicati

ons, moving and lethal obstacles, and a scale of operation (environment s

ize and number of robots) that pushed existing mapping algorithms to failur

e. Key to our systems'' success was our ability to maintain a consistent co

ordinate frame and the ability to elicit critically useful information from
the human operators while simultaneously minimizing their workload. I''ll

describe the components of our system in addition to illustrating our team'

's performance, including some of the failure modes that motivate our ongo

ing work.

Speaker Bio:
Edwin Olson is an assistant professor at the

University of Michigan with research interests in robot autonomy, percepti

on, and learning. In 2010, he led Team Michigan to first place in the MAG

IC 2010 robotics competition. He received his PhD, M.Eng., and B.S. from

MIT, where he was also a core member of MIT''s DARPA Urban Challenge team.