Distinguished Lecture


"Customizing Robots"

Daniela Rus, CSAIL, MIT

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.

Room 368 (CIT 3rd Floor)

The digitization of practically everything coupled with advances in the mobile Internet, the automation of knowledge work, and advanced robotics promises a future with democratized use of robots and wide-spread customization. In this talk I will describe recent developments in customizing robots. What if we could automatically design, fabricate, and control functional robots from a simple description of the problem at hand? By enabling the on-demand creation of integrated electromechanical systems by casual everyday users, we can begin to imagine one robot for every task.

In this talk I will describe our approach to automatically designing and fabricating robots from functional specifications using folding. I will focus on new algorithms and systems to rapidly create functional robots. I will start by describing software-defined hardware abstractions that allow the algorithmic compilation of fabricable subsystem designs from a structural specification. Next, I will describe a Linear Temporal Logic (LTL) approach that supports structured English behavioral specifications. Finally, I will talk about how the compiled designs can be manufactured using new manufacturing processes, and programmed with autogenerated code.

Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Rus' research interests are in robotics, mobile computing, and data science. Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the NAE. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. Prior to joining MIT, Rus was a professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College.

Host: Philip Klein

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