Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    May 31, 2023  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CS 6752 - Formal Methods for Robotics

(crosslisted) MAE 6770 
Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment limited to: graduate students or permission of instructor.

H. Kress-Gazit.

How can we guarantee robots will never cause harm? How can we prove that complicated mechanical systems, controlled by computers and programmed by people, will always behave as expected under changing conditions and in a variety of uncertain environments? How do we formalize what such behaviors are? Guaranteeing safety, predictability and reliability of robots is crucial for the assimilation of such systems into society, be it at home or in the workplace. While every robotics researcher working with or on a robot is aware of safety issues, only recently the robotics community has begun looking at ways to either formally prove or grarantee by design different behavioral properties such as safety and correctness. This class will present recent results on the topic of formal methods for robotics and automation that combine and extend ideas from control theory, dynamical systems, automata theory, logic, model checking, synthesis, and hybrid systems.

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