Brains and Machines: AI, Robotics and Neural Computation at Berkeley

Thursday, February 9

Time Event
8:30 AM Registration
9:30 AM Welcome from the EECS Chairs
9:45 AM Distinguished EE and CS Alumni Awards Presentation
Eric Brewer, EECS Professor, UC Berkeley
Marie desJardins, CSEE Professor, UCBM
Andrea Goldsmith, EE Professor, Stanford University
Richard Ruby, Director of Technology, Broadcom
10:00 AM Safe Learning in RoboticsClaire Tomlin
A great deal of research in recent years has focused on robot learning. In many applications, guarantees that specifications are satisfied throughout the learning process are paramount. For the safety specification, we present a controller synthesis technique based on the computation of reachable sets, using optimal control and game theory. Second, we will present a toolbox of methods combining reachability with machine learning techniques to enable performance improvement while maintaining safety. We will illustrate these “safe learning” methods on a quadrotor UAV experimental platform which we have at Berkeley.
10:30 AM Deep Learning for RoboticsPieter Abbeel
11:00 AM Conversational AIDan Klein
11:30 AM Recent Advances in Neural Dust, a platform for peripheral and central nervous system recordingMichel Maharbiz
Recently, we demonstrated neural dust, a wireless and scalable ultrasonic backscatter system for powering and communicating with implanted bioelectronics. We showed that ultrasound is effective at delivering power to mm-scale devices in tissue; likewise, passive, battery-less communication using backscatter enables high-fidelity transmission of electromyogram (EMG) and electroneurogram (ENG) signals from anesthetized rats. These results highlight the potential for an ultrasound-based neural interface system for advancing future bioelectronics-based therapies. The emerging field of bioelectronic medicine seeks methods for deciphering and modulating electrophysiological activity in the body to attain therapeutic effects at target organs. Current approaches to interfacing with peripheral nerves and muscles rely heavily on wires, creating problems for chronic use, while emerging wireless approaches lack the size scalability necessary to interrogate small-diameter nerves. Furthermore, conventional electrode-based technologies lack the capability to record from nerves with high spatial resolution or to record independently from many discrete sites within a nerve bundle.
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:15PM Panel 1 – Self Driving Cars: Is Autonomous Driving AI-Complete?
Trevor Darrell, Anca Dragan, and Jitendra Malik
2:15-2:45PM Break
2:45-4:00PM Panel 2 – Long-Term Future of (Artificial) Intelligence
Alyosha Efros, Ben Recht, and Stuart Russell


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