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Keynote Speech


The keynote talk of the ECMR'09 will be given by Dieter Fox, Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, USA.

Bibliographical Sketch
Dieter Fox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He joined the faculty in the fall of 2000. He grew up in Bonn, Germany, and received a B.Sc. in 1990, an M.Sc. in 1993, and a Ph.D. in 1998, all from the Computer Science Department at the University of Bonn. Dieter Fox is the director of the Robotics and State Estimation Lab, which he established in January 2001. His research interests lie in artificial intelligence, robotics and probabilistic state estimation.

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Title:Toward High-level Reasoning for Autonomous Systems

Over the last decade, the robotics community has developed highly efficient and robust solutions to state estimation problems such as robot localization, people tracking, and map building. With the availability of various techniques for spatially consistent sensor integration, an important next goal is to enable robots to reason about the many objects located in our everyday environments and to reason about spatial concepts such as rooms, hallways, streets, and intersections. An additional requirement for successful operation in populated environments is the ability to recognize the intent of humans and to adapt to their behavior patterns. In this talk I will present an overview of some recent work using graphical models and machine learning techniques to extract high level information from raw sensor data. Examples include place and object recognition from vision and laser data, and human activity recognition from wearable sensor data. I will conclude with an outlook for research directions in autonomous systems.



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