Upcoming Seminar

The Computer Science Graduate Society is pleased to present a talk by Anqi Xu on 2nd December (next Wednesday). To help us know how much food to order, please fill this Google form if you plan to attend: http://goo.gl/forms/hkof94CtJC.

Date: December 2 (next Wednesday)

Time: 12:00-13:00

Location: McConnell Room 103

Speaker: Anqi Xu

Title: Efficient Collaborations with Trust-Aware Robots


In this work, we give autonomous robot agents the ability to infer their human collaborator’s changing trust states, and consider how this signal can be capitalized to improve the efficiency of human-robot teams. This trust-aware robot framework incorporates advances in online human-robot trust modeling and interactive behavior adaptation for autonomous agents. We build upon these components by introducing the novel formulation of trust-induced conservative control. This enables the robot agent to momentarily alter its behaviors in response to the human’s trust losses, as an active means to mend damage to the team relationship. We present two end-to-end instantiations of trust-aware robots for distinct task domains of aerial terrain coverage and interactive autonomous driving. Our empirical assessments comprise of a large-scale controlled study, as well as field evaluations with a smart car platform. These assessments quantitatively demonstrate the diverse efficiency gains of trust-aware robots.

Financial Statement

Transparency is next to Godliness!! Here we tell you, most cherished CS grads, about the ways in which we are spending your money. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel we are over- or  under-spending on some criteria!.

11/09/2015$191.80Seminar1st seminar food and drinks for grad studentsMcConnell 320
11/06/2015$37.56Seminar1st seminar hoodie gift and gift bag for speakerMcConnell 320

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Seminar1 : RNA Sequence Design


Speaker: Vladimir Reinharz
Title: RNA Sequence Design

RNAs are biomolecules that can be seen as words in {ACGU}+. An interesting mathematical representation of the structure as a dot bracket sequence [e.g. (((…))) ] has been shown to have some ressemblance with reality. Having an energy model derived from experiments, the ensemble of structures given a sequence has been completely characterized in the 70s (in this model). At the opposite, given a structure, knowing if it exists a sequence with an affinity higher than some threshold  is believed to be NP-hard. I developed an algorithm based on the inside-outside to, given a structure, do a global stochastic Boltzmann sampling of sequences in linear time. I will also talk of a few potential applications in drug design and bioengineering. It has been implemented in a tool called incaRNAtion