Broad Area Colloquium For AI-Geometry-Graphics-Robotics-Vision
(CS 528)

Winning the DARPA Grand Challenge

Sebastian Thrun
October 31, 2005, 4:15PM
Hewlett (TCSeq) 200


In case you haven't heard, Stanford won the DARPA Grand Challenge.

Winning the Challenge required us to build an autonomous robot capable of traversing 132 miles of unrehearsed desert terrain in less than 10 hours. This talk, delivered by the leader of the Stanford Racing Team, will provide insights into the software architecture of Stanford's winning robot. The robot massively relied on machine learning and probabilistic modeling for sensor interpretation and control. The speaker will explain some of the basic algorithms that made this victory possible, and share some of the excitement characterizing this historic event.

About the Speaker

Sebastian Thrun is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). Two months ago, Thrun published his monograph on "Probabilistic Robotics," which is available at Stanford's book store.


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