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.


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


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


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