Markovian Robotics (Seminar, SS 2008)
|Instructor:||Prof. Gerhard Lakemeyer, Ph.D.|
|Introductory Meeting||29.02.2008||11:00h - 12:00h||Seminarroom I5|
Agents are autonomous, computational entities (programs, robots)
which perceive their environment through sensors and which are
able to take influence on it through effectors. Many entities in
robotics such as the environment itself, sensing results, and
action effects are uncertain. To be able to cope with those
uncertainties in complex domains one usually uses probabilistic
mechanism. Many of those mechanism employ the Markov
Assumption which refers to the dependence of temporal
states. With it, values in any given state are only influenced
by the values of the state directly preceding it.
We will cover various methods and formalism using the Markov Assumption like Markov Chains, Markov Decision Processes (in several forms), and Hidden Markov Models and investigate their applications to robotics. Theoretical backgrounds as well as practical aspects will be discussed and illuminated.
Places for seminars and laboratories are centrally
allocated. Registration will be open from 07.01.2008 until
20.01.2008 at the following URL:
Please, clearly indicate why you want to join our seminar within the above mentioned registration process. We won't be able to consider your application otherwise.
You can have a look at the specific topics, who's working on it, and according literature on the material page of this seminar in the very near future.
Have a look at the material page.
Seminar talks will be held weekly throughout the semester. Participation is bindingly for achieving the credit. The preparation of the talks and the written workout should not be a translation or renarration of the given paper(s). The given literature is meant to be a starting point for own literature investigation on the topic. The literature should then be discussed with the instructor.
No later than 6 weeks before the talk the seminarist
should hand in a preliminary workout and 3 week (latest!)
before the talk the final version of the slides/transparencies
must be given to the respective seminar instructor.
You are of course more than welcome to discuss and coordinate with us way before those final deadlines.
Renate Eschenbach from our library offers guided tours on how to
find literature in the library and how to prepare a
Interested students should enlist for a tour in the preliminary discussion.