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Electrical and Computer Engineering Colloquia Series


Synthesis for Robots: guarantees and feedback for complex behaviors

Hadas Kress-Gazit

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Noon–1 p.m.
1400 Wegmans Hall

Synthesis for Robots: guarantees and feedback for complex behaviors

Hadas Kress-Gazit


Getting a robot to perform a complex task, for example completing the DARPA Robotics Challenge, typically requires a team of engineers who program the robot in a time consuming and error prone process and who validate the resulting robot behavior through testing in different environments. The vision of synthesis for robotics is to bypass the manual programming and testing cycle by enabling users to provide specifications – what the robot should do – and automatically generating, from the specification, robot control that provides guarantees for the robot’s behavior.

In this talk, I will describe the work done in my group towards realizing the synthesis vision, and more specifically, I will focus on recent work that addresses synthesis of both behavior and composition – high-level behaviors of modular robots and robotic swarms.


Hadas Kress-Gazit is an Associate Professor at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and has been at Cornell since 2009. Her research focuses on formal methods for robotics and automation and more specifically on synthesis for robotics - automatically creating verifiable robot controllers for complex high-level tasks. Her group explores different types of robotic systems including modular robots, soft robots and swarms and synthesizes (pun intended) ideas from different communities such as robotics, formal methods, control, hybrid systems and computational linguistics. She received an NSF CAREER award in 2010, a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2012 and the Fiona Ip Li '78 and Donald Li '75 Excellence in teaching award in 2013. She lives in Ithaca with her partner and two kids.


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