Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics

The Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics (LAMOR), directed by Prof. Ivan Petrović of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, has a long tradition in research of advanced control strategies and estimation techniques for a variety of applications with a strong emphasis on autonomous navigation of ground and aerial robots in unknown and dynamic environments. Our methodology relies on a strong coupling between theoretical research, algorithm development, experimental evaluations, and a healthy dose of serendipity. LAMOR's research activity is organized around three major axes: Motion Planning and Control, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, and Detection and Tracking of Moving Objects. Our laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art ground and aerial robotic platforms, advanced perception sensors and a motion capture covered arena.

Invitation to the lecture: Embodiment...

LAMOR - Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics, ACROSS CoE - Centre of Excellence for Autonomous and Cooperative Robotic Systems, IEEE Croatia Robotics and Automation Chapter, ZCI-DATACROSS and H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" invite you to the lecture:

"Embodiment Approaches to Sensorimotor Robot Policy Training"

which will be held by Prof. Mårten Björkman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 09.30h, in seminar room at ZARIbuilding C, 9th floor.

You can find more about the lecturer and the seminar in the detailed news content.


For robots to become truly autonomous and be able to overcome changes in either the working environment or its own embodiment, it needs to ability to self-learn tasks and gradually adapt to changes. In our work we have tried to move the human designer as far as possible from the learning process and allow the robot to create its own model of the world and with minimal prior information learn to exploit its embodiment through exploration, often in collaboration with a human partner. We will present some work in this direction from simple reactive behaviors learned from ground up to more complex predictive behaviors learned in stages that consist of both simulations and real robot experiments. Using combinations of Gaussian process models, deep neural networks and reinforcement learning, emphasis is placed on data efficiency and adaptivity, allowing the robot to learn in a data-driven manner with a minimal number of trials.

Brief bio:

Mårten Björkman is an Associate Professor at the school of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. He received a MSc degree in computer science and engineering from Lund University in 1994 and a PhD degree in computer vision and robotics from KTH in 2002. He has been actively contributing with research to the EC funded projects CogVis, PACO­-PLUS, eSMCs and socSMCs. His research interests are human-robot collaborative system, real­-time object detection and segmentation, and data ­driven mobile manipulation.

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