The Robotics Institute

RI | Seminar | November 21, 2008

Robotics Institute Seminar, November 21, 2008
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Research in autonomous systems and human-robot interaction at the NCARAI



Alan C. Schultz

Director, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence
Naval Research Laboratory


Time and Place


Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm




The Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence has been involved in the development of intelligent and autonomous systems since the mid 1980s. In this talk I will describe two efforts that will lead to more robust teams of autonomous vehicles that work more collaboratively with humans. The first effort uses the idea of artificial physics to allow reactive control of a team of vehicles. The second effort will describe how computational cognitive models of human cognitive skills can be used to enable more natural and effective human-robot interaction. Our working hypothesis is that a system that uses representations and processes similar to a person's will be able to collaborate with a person better than a computational system that does not.


Speaker Biography


Alan C. Schultz is Director of the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington D.C. He has over twenty years experience and over 90 publications in robotics, human-robot interaction, and machine learning, and is responsible for establishing and running the robotics laboratory at NRL. Mr. Schultz was selected to teach at the first IEEE/RAS Summer School on Human-Robot Interaction, has been editor of several collections in multi-robot systems, and has chaired many conferences, workshops and competitions in robotics and human-robot interaction. Mr. Schultz received his M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University in 1988. Mr. Schultz has been P.I. on numerous ONR, DARPA, NASA and DOE grants. He is the recipient of eighteen Navy Special Achievement awards for significant contributions, and the Alan Berman Research Publication Award. His research is in the areas of human-robot interaction, machine learning, autonomous robotics, and adaptive systems.


Speaker Appointments


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The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.