On Monday, Nov. 14, Sebastian Thrun will discuss his experiences winning the most significant event for the robotics community in more than a decade, the DARPA Grand Challenge. Thrun is an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and the leader of the Stanford Racing Team.
The discussion will be held in the Schapiro Center Davis Auditorium, 4th Floor CEPSR, at 11 a.m.
The DARPA Grand Challenge task was to build an autonomous robot capable of traversing 132 miles of unrehearsed desert terrain in less than 10 hours. In 2004, the best robot only made 7.3 miles. In 2005, Stanford won the challenge and the $2 million prize by successfully traversing the course in less than 7 hours. Thrun will offer insight into the software architecture of the winning robot.
The robot relied on machine learning and probabilistic modeling for sensor interpretation and control. Thrun will explain some of the basic algorithms that made this victory possible, and share some of the excitement characterizing this event.
Thrun's research focuses on robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.