The V-unit as an
Case Studies from the Last Two Years
Manuela M. Veloso
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm
Since the Fall of 2004, several of our students and faculty have participated in V-Unit projects that provided opportunities to build a Vision of what computer technology can contribute to non-traditional areas relevant to society. The V-Unit earns program credit for graduate students and allows them to investigate some aspect of societal and technology problems with a broad mind. In this talk, we first introduce the V-unit and set it within the context of our larger TechBridgeWorld effort at Carnegie Mellon. We then describe in detail the V-Unit implementation in the different departments of the School of Computer Science (SCS) and in the Robotics Institute in particular. We will present the summaries of the different concrete V-Unit projects already accomplished, including efforts extended to other departments beyond SCS. We conclude our talk with our thoughts about future directions for the V Unit program, and a sampled description of the projects proposed to be carried out in the near future.
Manuela M. Veloso is a Professor in the Computer Science Department. She researches in Artificial Intelligence and robotics with focus on planning, control learning, and execution for single and multirobot teams. With her students, Professor Veloso has developed teams of soccer robots to investigate robot autonomy and teamwork in dynamic adversarial environments. Professor Veloso is a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. She is the Program Chair of the 2007 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Professor Veloso strongly endorses the Technology Bridge World effort within which she created the "V-unit" to provide an opportunity for SCS graduate students to build a vision of how computer science and technology can address non-traditional problems dealing with society.
M. Bernardine Dias is a Research Scientist in the Robotics
Institute where she earned her Ph.D. in Robotics in 2004. Bernardine has research
experience in autonomous team coordination, planning and navigation, and field
robotics in general. She also has
teaching experience at