Human-AI Interaction: Symbiotic Autonomy, Learning, and Transparency in Service Robots

Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University
Host: Greg Hager

We research on autonomous mobile robots with a seamless integration of perception, cognition, and action. In this talk, I will first introduce our CoBot service robots and their novel localization and symbiotic autonomy, which enable them to consistently move in our buildings, and learn from asking humans or the web for help to overcome their limitations. I frame the research as human-AI interaction also including an interpretability approach by language generation to alert and respond to human explanation requests. I will conclude with a brief discussion of AI, machine learning, and robotics, and their potential social impact.

Speaker Biography

Manuela M. Veloso is Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she is the Head of the Machine Learning Department. She researches in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Machine Learning. She founded and directs the CORAL research laboratory, for the study of autonomous agents that Collaborate, Observe, Reason, Act, and Learn, Professor Veloso is ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, AAAI Fellow, Einstein Chair Professor, the co-founder and past President of RoboCup, and past President of AAAI. Professor Veloso and her students research with a variety of autonomous robots, including mobile service robots and soccer robots. See for further information, including publications.