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Title: Algorithmic Improvisation for Dependable and Secure Autonomy
Prof. Sanjit A. Seshia, University of California, Berkeley
Date & Time: July 26, 2019 11:30
Venue: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Room No. 109, 01st Floor, New CSE/CC Building
Algorithmic Improvisation, also called control improvisation, is a new framework for automatically synthesizing systems with random but controllable behavior. In this talk, I will present the theory of algorithmic improvisation and show how it can be used in a wide variety of applications where randomness can provide variety, robustness, or unpredictability while guaranteeing safety or other properties. Applications demonstrated to date include robotic surveillance, software fuzz testing, music improvisation, human modeling, and generation of synthetic data sets to train and test machine learning algorithms. In this talk, I will particularly focus on applications to the design of intelligent autonomous systems, presenting work on randomized planning and a domain-specific probabilistic programming language.
Speaker Profile:
Sanjit A. Seshia is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He received an M. S. and Ph. D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. His research interests are in formal methods for dependable and secure computing, with a current focus on the areas of cyber-physical systems, computer security, machine learning, and robotics. He has made pioneering contributions to the areas of satisfiability modulo theories (SMT), SMT-based verification, and inductive program synthesis. He is co-author of a widely-used textbook on embedded, cyber-physical systems and has led the development of technologies for cyber-physical systems education based on formal methods. His awards and honors include a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Frederick Emmons Terman Award for contributions to electrical engineering and computer science education, and the IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCCPS) Mid-Career Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
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