Our world is replete and growing with examples of autonomy. Aircraft regularly pilot themselves for long periods of time; robots are cleaning our homes with little intervention from their owners; scientific rovers are exploring other planets that are millions of miles away from Earth with relatively little human input; cars are driving themselves on our roads. But, are these systems truly “intelligent?” This talk will discuss a hypothesis of what “intelligence” in autonomous systems means by breaking the concept down into information and decision flow (data collection, perception, decision making) along with critical elements of reasoning and learning. This talk will use several examples from the community, including autonomous driving cars, to explore these concepts and key questions about intelligence, as well as to assess the current status of the state of the art in autonomous systems.
Mark Campbell is the S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.
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