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  • Sep
    26

    "Biological Planning Deciphered via AI Algorithms and Robot-Animal Competition in Partially Observable Environments", Malcolm MacIver NU

    Department of Computer Science

    12:00 PM 3514, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    Monday / CS Seminar
    September 26th / 12:00 PM
    Hybrid / Mudd 3514

    Biological Planning Deciphered via AI Algorithms and Robot-Animal Competition in Partially Observable Environments
    Malcolm MacIver, Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering Department Northwestern University

    Zoom: https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/99967556189
    Livestream: https://northwestern.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=e0d8df0a-82a5-4097-835c-af0f0182fb24

    Abstract:
    Planning, the ability to imagine different futures and select one assessed to have high value, is one of the most vaunted of animal capacities. As such it has been a central target of artificial intelligence work from the origins of that field, in addition to being a focus of neuroscience and cognitive science. These separate and sometimes synergistic traditions are combined in our new work exploring the origin and mechanics of planning in animals. We will show how mammals evade autonomous robot "predators" in complex large arenas. We have discovered that depending on the arrangement and density of barriers to vision, animals appear to carefully manage their uncertainty about the predator’s location in order to reach their goal. Their behavior appears unlikely to be driven by cached responses that were successful in the past, but rather based on planning during brief pauses over which they peek at the hidden robot adversary that is looking for them. After peeking, they re-route to avoid the predator.

    Biography:
    Malcolm A. MacIver is a group leader of the Center for Robotics and Biosystems at Northwestern University, with a joint appointment between Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and a courtesy appointment in the Department of Neurobiology. His work focuses on extracting principles underlying animal behavior, focusing on interactions between biomechanics, neuronal processing, evolution and sensory system properties. He then incorporates these principles into biorobotic systems or simulations of the animal in its environment for synergy between technological and scientific advances. For this work he received the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering from President Obama at the White House. MacIver has also developed interactive science-inspired art installations that have exhibited internationally, and consults for science fiction film and TV series makers.

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    TIME Monday, September 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Sep
    27

    Taco Tuesdays with Latin@cs

    Department of Computer Science

    5:00 PM Room 2210, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    TIME Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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    CONTACT Bella Barrios    Marbella.Barrios@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Sep
    30

    Bagel Friday

    Department of Computer Science

    9:30 AM 3514, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    TIME Friday, September 30, 2022 at 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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    CONTACT Wynante R Charles    wynante.charles@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Oct
    6

    Northwestern Engineering's Dean's Seminar Series presents: The Grand Nexus: Information, Materials, Energy

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    12:00 PM ITW, 1-350, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Oct
    25

    Taco Tuesdays with Latin@cs

    Department of Computer Science

    5:00 PM Room 2210, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    TIME Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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  • Nov
    2

    Kasey Stricklin (Uber) Office Hour

    Department of Computer Science

    10:00 AM

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    TIME Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Nov
    23

    Thanksgiving vacation begins 6 p.m.

    University Academic Calendar

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    TIME Wednesday, November 23, 2022

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  • Nov
    28

    Thanksgiving Break ends and Fall classes resume

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    TIME Monday, November 28, 2022

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  • Nov
    29

    Taco Tuesdays with Latin@cs

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    5:00 PM Room 2210, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    TIME Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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  • Dec
    10

    Fall examinations end

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    TIME Saturday, December 10, 2022

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  • Dec
    10

    Northwestern Engineering PhD Hooding and Master's Recognition Ceremony

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    4:00 PM Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

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    TIME Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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