July 10, 2014

Abstract: The CMDragons robot soccer team, and the CoBot service robots have been at CUSP for one month now.The talk will present the two research efforts. For the CMDragons, we will focus on the data processed for attack and defense behaviors. For the CoBot robots, we will focus on the Wi-Fi and other data captured while autonomously navigating in CUSP, now for more than 15km. We will also present the speech-based human-interaction approach for CoBot’s task execution. The talk will be complemented with live demonstrations of both CMDragons and CoBot robots. The talk will be presented jointly with Joydeep Biswas, Juan Pablo Mendoza, Vittorio Perera, Richard Wang, and Danny Zhu.

Manuela Maria Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon Professor in Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the President-Elect of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), and the Past President of the International RoboCup Federation. She is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, and AAAS. She is an international expert in artificial intelligence and robotics. Shortly after receiving her Ph.D., Manuela Veloso joined the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science as an assistant professor. She was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1997, and full professor in 2002. Veloso was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the AY 1999-2000 and a Radcliffe Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University for the AY 2006-2007. She is the winner of the 2009 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award. She was the Program Chair for IJCAI-07, held January 6–12, 2007, in Hyderabad, India and was program co-chair of AAAI-05, held July 9–13, 2005, in Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Editorial Board of CACM and the AAAI Magazine. She is the author of one book on Planning by Analogical Reasoning. As of 2012, Veloso has graduated 23 PhD students.