Science by the Pint

Our next SbtP event features…

Dr. Leslie Kaelbling, Ph.D.

Panasonic Professor of Computer Science and Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Making Robots Behave:
Doing For Our Robots What Nature Did For Us

Thursday, September 20th, 6:30-8:00pm at Aeronaut Brewing Company
(14 Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143) (directions)
Events start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

How can we teach robots to navigate complex environments, such as a cluttered house, without having ever seen them before? Can we make robots that are capable of advanced planning and decision-making in real time, even if they have incomplete information about the world around them? These are just some of the questions that drive Dr. Leslie Kaelbling and her research group at MIT. Working at the level of the robots’ software, Dr. Kaelbling seeks to improve how artificially intelligent machines predict the outcomes of future events and learn new tasks. In particular, she pioneered the idea of letting machines learn on their own via positive and negative reinforcement, rather than constantly telling them “right” from “wrong,” and has continuously worked to develop better mathematical frameworks for implementing this concept in robotics. Please join us for what promises to be an enlightening evening and discussion!

We hope to see you then!


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