Claire Tomlin, the Charles A. Desoer Chair in the College of Engineering, professor in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California Berkeley, spoke last night (Nov. 5) at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s 11th annual Lytle Lecture. Tomlin works in the area of control theory and hybrid systems, with applications to air traffic management, UAV systems, energy, robotics, and systems biology. Last night her lecture was entitled, “Safe Learning in Robotics.”
“In recent years there has been fantastic progress in developing autonomous systems that perceive their environment and learn to react,” said Tomlin about her lecture. “I have always been interested in safety of autonomous systems, and these learning-based systems present new challenges in terms of showing that such systems are safe. This has been a main direction of recent research in my group.”
The Dean W. Lytle Electrical & Computer Engineering Endowed Lecture Series is the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s premiere annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications and signal processing. Lectures are free and open to the public.