Department of Computer Science at RPTU in Kaiserslautern

Hadas Kress-Gazit

(Cornell University)
hosted by Rupak Majumdar

"Formal Synthesis for Robots"

( MPI-SWS talk in Kooperation mit dem Fachbereich Informatik)

In this talk I will describe how formal methods such as synthesis – automatically creating a system from a formalspecification – can be leveraged to design robots, explain and provide guarantees for their behavior, and even identifyskills they might be missing. I will discuss the benefits and challenges of synthesis techniques and will give examplesof different robotic systems including modular robots, swarms and robots interacting with people.

Bio: Hadas Kress-Gazit is an Associate Professor at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CornellUniversity. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 andhas been at Cornell since 2009. Her research focuses on formal methods for robotics and automation and more specificallyon synthesis for robotics – automatically creating verifiable robot controllers for complex high-level tasks. Her groupexplores different types of robotic systems including modular robots, soft robots and swarms and synthesizes (punintended) ideas from different communities such as robotics, formal methods, control, hybrid systems and computationallinguistics. She received an NSF CAREER award in 2010, a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2012, the Fiona Ip Li ’78 andDonald Li ’75 Excellence in teaching award in 2013, the senior faculty champion award in 2019, and the Kenneth A.Goldman ’71 Teaching Award in 2019. She lives in Ithaca with her partner and two kids.

Time: Monday, 25.05.2020, 16:00
Place: The talk will be held online, please join us on zoom:

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