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Robert Morris Presents Tutorial at MIT as Part of the 2018 Cognotive Robotics Summer School
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Robert Morris Presents Tutorial at MIT as Part of the 2018 Cognotive Robotics Summer School

Robert Morris of the Code TI Planning and Scheduling group gave a tutorial titled, “Dynamic Scheduling and Uncertainty”, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on July 23rd as part of the Cognitive Robotics Summer School. The tutorial surveyed models and algorithms that enable robots to schedule and execute autonomous actions to accomplish goals while being robust to uncertainty and disturbances that arise during operations. As stated on the Cognitive Robotics Summer School web page, "The goal of the summer school is to help catalyze the next generation of researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics, to work together to develop robots that are capable at both the task and motion levels." The week-long summer school combined lectures with lab exercises and a ‘grand challenge’, where students developed code to control a fleet of robots.

BACKGROUND: The Cognitive Robotics Summer School offers advanced tutorials on major elements of cognitive robotics that are required to develop capable autonomous systems. The summer program centers around robust execution, motion planning, activity planner, perception and manipulation, and planning under uncertainty and risk. The program also introduces students to the Enterprise system, which is a decision-layer architecture that combines various decision-making components for planning and execution. Students then combine this system with the Robotics Operating System (ROS) as a mobility layer, to bring together perception and mobility components.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Autonomous Systems and Operations (ASO) program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

POINT OF CONTACT: Robert Morris, robert.a.morris@nasa.gov

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