SysConTalks is an initiative by the Ph.D. students of the Systems and Control group at IIT Bombay. We organize seminars by researchers at the forefront of Academia and the Industry, and our aim is to provide an engaging platform for students such as ourselves to learn from the best minds in the broad areas of systems and control, optimization, and data science.
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Schedule: 2:30 PM, September 18, 2023
Venue: SysCon Seminar Room
Automated agents have the potential to augment human capabilities in safety-critical applications such as medical diagnosis, robotic surgery, driving and service and inspection. As the field of robotics and AI is quickly emerging, one critical and challenging problem is ensuring that autonomous agents can collaborate and interact with humans. In this talk, I will present our work on how automated agents can model human decision making, plan around human operators, and explain their decisions. First, I will present an approach based on imitation learning to model real-world human behavior and demonstrate its application to model human driving trajectories. Second, I will present a hybrid data-driven and rule-based approach to generate novel scenarios which can be used for planning. Third, I will present ongoing work on explainable automated agents. Finally, I will discuss my future research plan centered around shared autonomous systems which includes optimally allocating authority between automated and human controllers, learning from imperfect demonstrations, metacognition for human-robot collaboration, and safe autonomous planning in the presence of humans.