CARRE Fall Seminar Series - Professor Sertac Karaman
Aug
30
2:00 PM14:00

CARRE Fall Seminar Series - Professor Sertac Karaman

  • University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), (map)
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Title

Planning, Control and Perception for Agile Robot Navigation: Compression, Attention, and Anticipation

Abstract

Recent advances in algorithmic robotics allowed unmanned aerial vehicles to navigate through complex environments using on-board sensing and computational resources, albeit at relatively low speeds. In this talk, we present novel algorithms with guarantees for agile autonomous vehicles operating in complex environments at operational speeds. First, we consider the synthesis of agile control systems. We propose novel compressed computation methods based on a continuous analogue of the tensor train decomposition that is widely utilized in scientific computation. The new algorithms guarantee run time that scales polynomially with dimensionality of state space and the rank of the optimal value function. Second, we consider visual-inertial state estimation for fast navigation. We propose novel algorithms for feature selection that are based on attention and anticipation. Anticipating the direction of motion, the new algorithms select visual features that minimize estimation error. Even though this subset selection problem is NP-hard, we prove that the proposed algorithm is efficient and returns solutions that are a constant factor of the optimal, by exploiting the sub-modularity of the resulting subset selection problem. Finally, we introduce a new drone platform and a new virtual-reality development environment. We demonstrate high-speed drone navigation in this virtual reality environment, exceeding speeds of 6.7 m/s (~25 kmh) in a roughly 6-meter-by-6-meter room with obstacles. 

Bio

Sertac Karaman is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has obtained B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and in computer engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, in 2007; an S.M. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2009; and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science also from MIT in 2012. His research interests lie in the broad areas of robotics and control theory. In particular, he studies the applications of probability theory, stochastic processes, stochastic geometry, formal methods, and optimization for the design and analysis of high-performance cyber-physical systems. The application areas of his research include driverless cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, distributed aerial surveillance systems, air traffic control, certification and verification of control systems software, and many others. He is the recipient of an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award in 2017, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2017, Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2015, National Science Foundation Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2014, AIAA Wright Brothers Graduate Award in 2012, and an NVIDIA Fellowship in 2011. 

 

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International Youth Drone Competition 2018
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

International Youth Drone Competition 2018

The International Drone Association for Youth (iDAY) is a not for profit organization.  The Association targets the youth group to draw science and technology awareness, to prepare for readiness of engaging science and technology advancement, and to integrate science and technology into societal development, through educational activities in the emerging field of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles).  

The activities include annual International Youth Drone Competitions, training camps, summer camps, university tours, and immersive workshops, etc.  In the long run, the Association promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education to and inspire youth groups to embrace the knowledge, skills, aptitudes, and to make a positive influence on the communities and society in general.

To learn more about this competition, click here.


 On May 20th 2018, the International Drones Associations for the Youth, known as iDAY, and the Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE), University of Toronto successfully hosted its  2nd Annual Drone Qualification Competition  at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).  Congratulations Awardees!  Now for the next phase: the final Annual Drone Competition. It will take place this year in China, July 2018 and Toronto will take their 5 top Canadian winning teams to compete in the final International Competition.  Good luck!

On May 20th 2018, the International Drones Associations for the Youth, known as iDAY, and the Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE), University of Toronto successfully hosted its 2nd Annual Drone Qualification Competition at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).  Congratulations Awardees!

Now for the next phase: the final Annual Drone Competition. It will take place this year in China, July 2018 and Toronto will take their 5 top Canadian winning teams to compete in the final International Competition.  Good luck!

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Go North Youth Event 2018
Jun
5
9:00 AM09:00

Go North Youth Event 2018

  • University of Toronto St George Campus Toronto Canada (map)
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The one-day Go North Youth event, created by U of T's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering in partnership with Google Canada and Actua, featured workshops and learning designed to ignite curiosity in youth and showcase the possibility what a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can hold.

Over 1,100 Ontario students in Grades 4 to 8 visited the University of Toronto to attend this event for a chance to peek under the hood of today’s technologies, and get a taste of university life.

Our CARRE booth exhibit and graduate students where featured on BT Breakfast Television, watch here.

 

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Science Rendezvous 2018
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Science Rendezvous 2018

  • University of Toronto, St George Campus Toronto, ON, M5S 1H8 Canada (map)
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Science Rendezvous is a free annual all-day festival that brings science out of the lab and onto the street with the ultimate goal of improving student enrolment as well as public involvement in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) fields.

This Science Rendezvous Event was the kick-start event to the National Science & Technology Week (Science Odyssey) hosted by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

CARRE was excited to participate in this event. Our graduate students demonstrated drones and robots in hands-on experiments aiming to highlight science in a fun new way! Watch our graduate students in action here.

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