Robot Learning; Toad Navigation – Apr 27

Wonderfest Science Envoys are early-career researchers with special communication skills and aspirations. Following short talks on provocative modern science topics, these two Science Envoys will answer questions with insight and enthusiasm:

• UC Berkeley computer scientist Dr. Ellen Novoseller on Machine Learning in Robots — How do robots use machine learning algorithms to behave properly in uncertain surroundings? Two examples highlight the issue: a household robot that learns to manipulate everyday objects, and a personalized robotic exoskeleton that helps mobility-impaired people to walk.

• Stanford organismal biologist Daniel Shaykevich on Toads in Space: Studying Navigation in Amphibians — While we know quite a bit about how mammals use their brains to understand their spatial surroundings, we know much less about how frogs and salamanders do it. What is going on inside the amphibian brain during navigation? And why would this be interesting to humans?

WHAT: Ask a Science Envoy: Robot Learning & Toad Navigation
WHO: Dr. Ellen Novoseller (UC Berkeley) & Daniel Shaykevich (Stanford), Wonderfest Science Envoys
WHERE: ONLINE, via Zoom []
WHEN: 2022-04-27 — 8pm, Wed, April 27th (1 hour)

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