Distinguished Lecture Series 2014/15 - Prof. Maria GiniProf. Maria Gini of the University of Minnesota visited the Department and delivered a Distinguished Lecture on “New Challenges in Multi-robot Task Allocation” on 11 February 2015. Prof. Gini focused on new aspects of the ubiquitous problem of allocating tasks to multiple robots, specifically 1) the allocation of tasks that have temporal constraints, which are expressed as time windows within which a task must be executed; and 2) the allocation of tasks that have a cost that grows over time. Audiences found the talk very inspiring and contributed an interactive discussion with the speaker.
Maria Gini is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Specifically she studies decision making for autonomous agents in a variety of applications and contexts, ranging from distributed methods for task allocation, robot exploration, and teamwork. She also works on agent-based economic predictions for supply-chain management, for which she won the 2012 INFORMS Design Science Award with her Ph.D. student Wolf Ketter and colleagues. She is a Fellow of AAAI, a Distinguished Professor of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and the winner of numerous University awards.