LCSR Seminar: Daniela Rus “Learning Risk and Social Behavior in Mixed Human-Autonomous Vehicles Systems”

October 6, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Ashley Moriarty

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Deployment of autonomous vehicles (AV) on public roads promises increases in efficiency and safety, and requires intelligent situation awareness. We wish to have autonomous vehicles that can learn to behave in safe and predictable ways, and are capable of evaluating risk, understanding the intent of human drivers, and adapting to different road situations. This talk describes an approach to learning and integrating risk and behavior analysis in the control of autonomous vehicles. I will introduce Social Value Orientation (SVO), which captures how an agent’s social preferences and cooperation affect interactions with other agents by quantifying the degree of selfishness or altruism. SVO can be integrated in control and decision making for AVs. I will provide recent examples of self-driving vehicles capable of adaptation.



Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, and Deputy Dean of Research in the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT. Rus’ research interests are in robotics and artificial intelligence. The key focus of her research is to develop the science and engineering of autonomy. Rus is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a senior visiting fellow at MITRE Corporation. She is the recipient of the Engelberger Award for robotics. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.