Autonomy Talks

Autonomy Talks are open to everyone and no registration is required. The goal of the talks is the exchange among different groups, inside and outside ETH Zurich, working on innovations in Robotics and Control. Autonomy Talks will take place virtually, on Zoom. Check out the official webpage for the details.

2022

April 26, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Sumeet Singh, Google Brain Robotics NYC
Title: Structure for Learning to Control


April 19, 2022
Speaker: Prof. Jeannette Bohg, Stanford University
Title: On the question of representations in robotics


April 12, 2022
Speaker: Prof. Giacomo Como, Politecnico of Torino
Title: Heterogeneities and Dynamic Pricing in Dynamic Traffic Flow Networks


March 29, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Giuseppe Belgioioso, ETH Zurich
Title: Online Feedback Equilibrium Seeking: Stability and Tracking


March 22, 2022
Speaker: Prof. Matthew Walter, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
Title: Learning Better Ways to Measure and Move: Joint Optimization of an Agent's Physical Design and Computational Reasoning


March 15, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Giorgia Ramponi, ETH Zurich
Title: Inverse Reinforcement Learning from a Gradient-based Learner


March 8, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Tom Van Mele, ETH Zurich
Title: A Framework Approach to Computational Structural Design and Digital Fabrication


March 1, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Kenan Zhang, ETH Zurich
Title: Games and Control on Traffic Networks


February 22, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Ugo Rosolia, California Institute of Technology
Title: Learning MPC: A data ​efficient model ​based reinforcement learning strategy for iterative tasks


February 15, 2022
Speaker: Maria Bauza Villalonga, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Learning to interact with the world: when generality meets precision


February 8, 2022
Speaker: Prof. Jules Hedges, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Title: Lenses as a recurring pattern in optimisation and learning


February 1, 2022
Speaker: Prof. Oren Salzman, Israel Institute of Technology
Title: Algorithmic motion planning meets minimally-invasive robotic surgery


January 25, 2022
Speaker: Prof. Andreas Malikopoulos, University of Delaware
Title: Separation of Learning and Control for Cyber-Physical Systems


January 18, 2022
Speaker: Prof. Kyriakos Vamvoudakis, Georgia Institute of Technology
Title: Bounded Rationality Methods in Reinforcement Learning-driven Autonomy


January 11, 2022
Speaker: Prof. Sylvia Herbert, University of California, San Diego
Title: Connections between Hamilton-Jacobi Reachability Analysis and Control Barrier Functions for Safety Analysis


2021

December 20, 2021
Speaker: Luca Ballotta, University of Padova
Title: Performance Tradeoffs and Optimal Design in Distributed Systems


December 13, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Mark Mueller, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Tightly Integrated Design and Control of Aerial Robots


December 6, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Amanda Prorok, Cambridge University
Title: Learning Communication for Decentralized Coordination in Multi-Robot Systems


November 29, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Dominic Liao-McPherson, ETH Zurich
Title: Suboptimality and Supervision of Model Predictive Controllers


November 22, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Samitha Samaranayake, Cornell University
Title: Algorithmic foundations for demand-responsive transit systems


November 15, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Andrea Zanelli, ETH Zurich
Title: Efficient inexact numerical methods for nonlinear model predictive control with feasibility guarantees with applications to autonomous racing


November 8, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Anne Collin, Motional
Title: Plane and Sample: Maximizing Information about Autonomous Vehicle Performance using Submodular Optimization


November 1, 2021
Speaker: Erdem Biyik, Stanford University
Title: Learning how to Route Autonomous Vehicles on Shared Roads


October 25, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Francesca Parise, Cornell University
Title: Overcoming Uncertainty of Interactions in Static and Dynamic Multiagent Settings


October 18, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Negar Mehr, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Title: Socially Aware Autonomy: Game Theoretic Planning and Control For Multi Agent Interactions


October 4, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Roberto Galeazzi and Thomas Enevoldsen, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Title: Informed Sampling-based Motion Planning for Collision and Grounding Avoidance of Autonomous Ships


September 27, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Guillaume Sartoretti, National University of Singapore
Title: Distributed Learning Based Scalable Collaboration in Robotic Multi Agent Systems


September 20, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Jana Tumova, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Title: Formal Methods for Preferred Motion Planning


August 23, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Sebastian Hoerl, IRT SystemX, Paris
Title: Exploring the system impact of automated taxis via agent based simulation


August 16, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Wilko Schwarting, MIT/ Tech Lead at ISEE AI
Title: Learning and Control for Interactions in Mixed Human-Robot Environments


August 9, 2021
Speaker: Yingzhao Lian, EPF Lausanne
Title: New Perspectives on Advanced Building Control: Data driven and self ​triggered methods


August 2, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Nilles, Cornell University
Title: Is Less More? Characterizing Resource Trade-offs for Simple Mobile Robots with Embodied Intelligence


July 26, 2021
Speaker: Carlo Sferrazza, ETH Zurich
Title: Data driven, vision based tactile sensing: design, simulation, and applications to robot control


July 5, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Carlo Cenedese, ETH Zurich
Title: Highway Traffic Control via Smart Emobility


June 28, 2021
Speaker: Margarita Grinvald, ETH Zurich
Title: Dense Object-Level Mapping


June 21, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Kaidi Yang, Stanford University
Title: Operation of AV-enabled Future Mobility Systems


June 14, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Nan Li, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Title: Game Theoretic Methods for Safe Autonomous Vehicles On Shared Roads


June 7, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Cody Fleming, Coordinated Systems Lab, Iowa State University
Title: Physics and Learning in Prediction and Control


May 31, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Simone Schuerle-Finke, Responsive Biomedical Systems Lab, ETH Zurich
Title: Individual and swarms of microrobots for tissue probing and enhanced drug transport


May 18, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Sawyer Fuller, Autonomous Insect Robotics Lab, University of Washington, Seattle
Title: Flying, Autonomous, Insect Sized Robots


May 11, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Tichakorn (Nok) Wongpiromsarn, Iowa State University
Title: Formal Methods for Control Synthesis of Autonomous Systems


May 5, 2021
Speaker: Kristoffer Bergman, Linkoeping University
Title: Tightly Combining Sampling-based Motion Planning and Direct Optimal Control


May 3, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Morteza Lahijanian, University of Colorado Boulder
Title: Data-driven Formal Synthesis for Partially-known Stochastic Systems


April 26, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Jen Jen Chung, Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich
Title: Safe robot navigation in dense human crowds


April 19, 2021
Speaker: Marko Bjelonic, Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich
Title: Planning and Control for Hybrid Locomotion of Wheeled ​Legged Robots


April 12, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Kvalheim, Kod Lab, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Hierarchical Composition via Collapse of Dimension in Dynamical Systems


April 6, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Vasileios Tzoumas, Controls Group, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Title: Algorithmic Foundations of Resilient Collaborative Autonomy: From Non ​Convex Optimization to Perception and Control


March 29, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Yuxiao Chen, AMBER Lab, California Institute of Technology
Title: Towards Safe Multiagent Autonomy


March 22, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Johannes Koehler, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich
Title: Robust control for nonlinear constrained systems combining predictive control and incremental stability


March 15, 2021
Speaker: Yashwanth Nakka, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology
Title: Chance Constrained Trajectory Optimization for Safe Exploration and Learning of Nonlinear Systems


March 8, 2021
Speaker: Prof. Sandeep Chinchali, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin
Title: Collaborative Perception and learning Between Robots and the Cloud


March 1, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Quentin Boehler and Simone Gervasoni, Multi-scale Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich
Title: Magnetic actuation: a fantastic voyage between magnetism and the human body


February 22, 2021
Speaker: James Harrison, Autonomous Systems Lab, Stanford University
Title: Bayesian Models for Adaptive Learning and Control


February 15, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Diego Romeres, Principal Research Scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL)
Title: Reinforcement Learning for Robotics


February 8, 2021
Speaker: Enrico Mion, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich
Title: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Coaching on Driving Simulators


February 1, 2021
Speaker: Matthias Hofer, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich
Title: Development of an Inflatable Robotic Arm: Design, Learning Control and Vision-​based Sensing


Jauary 25, 2021
Speaker: Pasquale Antonante, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Monitoring and Diagnosability of Perception Systems


January 18, 2021
Speaker: Kim Wabersich, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich
Title: A Predictive Safety Filter for Learning Based Control of Constrained Dynamical Systems


January 11, 2021
Speaker: Georgios Bakirtzis, Coordinated Systems Lab, University of Virginia
Title: Compositional Cyberphysical Systems Theory


2020

December 23, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Abolfazl Lavei, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich
Title: Automated Verification and Control of Large-​Scale Stochastic Cyber-​Physical Systems: Compositional Techniques


December 21, 2020
Speaker: Benoit Landry, Autonomous Systems Lab, Stanford University
Title: Differentiable Optimization in Nonlinear Control


December 14, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Holger Caesar, Data Curation Team Lead, Motional, Singapore
Title: Data ​Driven Development for Autonomous Driving


December 7, 2020
Speaker: Andrea Bajcsy, Hybrid Systems Lab, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Introspective Human Motion Prediction for Safe Robot Autonomy


December 2, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Saverio Bolognani, Automatic Control Lab, ETH Zurich
Title: Autonomous Optimization for Real Time Power System Operation


November 30, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Kiril Solovey, Autonomous Systems Lab, Stanford University
Title: Large Scale Multi Robot Systems: From Algorithmic Foundations to Smart Mobility Applications


November 23, 2020
Speaker: Antonio Loquercio, Robotics and Perception Group, UZH and ETH Zurich
Title: Agile Autonomy: High-Speed Flight with On ​Board Sensing and Computing


November 16, 2020
Speaker: Andrew Spielberg, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: The Future of Robot Design


November 9, 2020
Speaker: Pol Duhr, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich
Title: Energy Management Optimization for the Hybrid Electric Formula 1 Race Car


November 2, 2020
Speaker: Karen Leung, Autonomous Systems Lab, Stanford University
Title: On Using Reachability Analysis and Temporal Logic for Safe and Robust Planning Under Uncertainty


October 27, 2020
Speaker: Julian Zilly, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich
Title: Plasticity in Sequential Deep Neural Network Learning: On how neural networks are shaped through training


October 19, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Riccardo Bonalli, Autonomous Systems Lab, Stanford University
Title: Composable Geometric Motion Policies using Multitask Pullback Bundle Dynamical Systems


October 12, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Schmuck, Vision for Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich
Title: Collaborative Perception for Robotic Teams: Enhancing Visual SLAM through Shared Information


October 5, 2020
Speaker: Prof. Dario Paccagnan, Department of Computing, Imperial College London
Title: Efficient Operation of Socio Technical Systems: Optimal Incentives in Congestion Games


September 28, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Michael Muehleback, Real Time Intelligent Secure Explainable Systems Lab, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Optimization with Momentum: Dynamical, Control- Theoretic, and Symplectic Perspectives


September 21, 2020
Speaker: Nicolo Pagan, Automatic Control Lab, ETH Zurich
Title: Game Theoretical Inference of Human Behavior in Social Networks


September 9, 2020
Speaker: Prof. Nils Napp, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
Title: Abstractions Barriers for Physically Embodied Algorithms