Computer Science Thesis Proposal

Monday, May 16, 2016 -
11:30am to 1:00pm


Traffic 21 Classroom 6501 Gates & Hillman Centers


DANNY ZHU, Ph.D. Student

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We believe that it is essential to be able to understand the reasoning of autonomous robots as it relates to their behavior, and to be able to convey this reasoning to others. Videos of robots are often naturally used to aid in understanding robot performance; plain videos contain no information about the processing or behavior of the robots, but such videos can be combined with extra information to improve their usefulness. The topic of my thesis is combining real systems of mobile robots with tools for understanding algorithms, so that the behavior of complex autonomous agents can be made more understandable. Concretely, my thesis will investigate the addition of visualizations onto initially plain, uninformative videos. Thesis Committee: Manuela Veloso (Chair) Emma Brunskill Maxim Likhachev Stefan Zickler (iRobot) Copy of Thesis Summary 


Thesis Proposal