Perceptual Robot Learning

David Held, Assistant Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

WHERE: Ford Robotics Building, 2300 show on map

WHEN: January 10, 2022 11:00 am-12:00 pmADD TO CALENDAR

Perceptual Robot Learning: David Held, Assistant Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Robots today are typically confined to interact with rigid, opaque objects with known object models. However, the objects in our daily lives are often non-rigid, can be transparent or reflective, and are diverse in shape and appearance. One reason for the limitations of current methods is that computer vision and robot planning are often considered separate fields. I argue that, to enhance the capabilities of robots, we should design state representations that consider both the perception and planning algorithms needed for the robotics task. I will show how we can develop novel perception and planning algorithms to assist with the tasks of manipulating cloth, manipulating novel objects, and grasping transparent and reflective objects. By thinking about the downstream task while jointly developing perception and planning algorithms, we can significantly improve our progress on difficult robots tasks.