IST Distinguished Lecture – Peter Stone

Zoom video conferencing

Professor Peter Stone will give the next IST Distinguished Lecture on 2nd November 2020. This is a lecture of the American Corner@Técnico, a DEEC Talk and an ISR-Lisboa Distinguished Lecture.

  •  2nd November 2020, at 17:00, via Zoom (join from 4:50 pm).
  • Speaker: Peter Stone (Distinguished Professor, Dept.Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin; Executive Director of Sony AI America; President of International RoboCup Federation).
  • Title: “Efficient Robot Skill Learning: Grounded Simulation Learning and Imitation Learning from Observation.
  • Abstract: For autonomous robots to operate in the open, dynamically changing world, they will need to be able to learn a robust set of skills from relatively little experience. This talk begins by introducing Grounded Simulation Learning as a way to bridge the so-called reality gap between simulators and the real world in order to enable transfer learning from simulation to a real robot (sim-to-real). It then introduces two new algorithms for imitation learning from observation that enable a robot to mimic demonstrated skills from state-only trajectories, without any knowledge of the actions selected by the demonstrator.
    Grounded Simulation Learning has led to the fastest known stable walk on a widely used humanoid robot, and imitation learning from observation opens the possibility of robots learning from the vast trove of videos available online.
  • Moderator: professor Pedro U. Lima (IST/DEEC; ISR-Lisboa).