AI Seminar

Toyota AI Seminar: Mapping in the MAGIC 2010 robotics competition

Edwin Olson

Assistant Professor
University of Michigan, CSE
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
4:00pm - 5:30pm
3725 Beyster Bldg. (Stained Glass Conference Room)

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About the Event

In this talk, I'll describe how our team of 14 robots, winners of the MAGIC 2010 competition, shared and combined data to produce a consistent global map. Central challenges included inaccurate dead-reckoning information, limited communications, moving and lethal obstacles, and the need for robustness in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor environments. Offsetting these, a human operator was allowed to assist the robots. This created new challenges, however, including interface design and operator workload management. We'll describe several interesting failures of our system and how, in one case, the operator was able to recover, and in the other, how a complete recovery proved impossible.


Edwin Olson is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan with research interests in robot autonomy, perception, and learning. In 2010, he led Team Michigan to first place in the MAGIC 2010 robotics competition. He received his PhD, M.Eng., and B.S. from MIT, where he was also a core member of MIT's DARPA Urban Challenge team.

Additional Information

Contact: Quang Duong

Email: qduong@umich.edu

Sponsor(s): Toyota

Open to: Public