Event Details

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 - Wednesday, 09 August 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
QBI Level 7 Auditorium
UQ Location:
Queensland Brain Institute (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Ms Deirdre Wilson / Charmaine Paiva
3346 6300/66402
Org. Unit:
Queensland Brain Institute

Event Description

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Professor Michael Milford - Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Garden Point Campus, Brisbane

Title: 'Navigation, Neuroscience and Neural Networks: A Quest to Understand Intelligence and Build Better Robots'

The goal of my research is to understand the fundamental nature of intelligence, so that we can both shed light on how the brain functions, and create intelligent, autonomous systems that transform society. My group models and mimics the neural mechanisms and behaviours underlying those most tangible aspects of intelligence such as navigation, perception and recognition. Our inspiration? The amazing natural world around us, including rats, insects, primates and even humans. Our tools? Robots, algorithms, innovative sensing modalities, computational neuroscience and artificial neural networks of all types including deep nets, continuous attractors and even spiking networks.

This talk will cover the highlights and lowlights of that journey, the advances made, the insights gained, and touch on where we are headed now. Iíll summarize a roboticistís perspective on the neuroscience underlying one of the most well understood aspects of intelligence Ė spatial intelligence and perception Ė and describe how we have adapted this knowledge to create landmark robotics advances including RatSLAMís mapping of an entire suburb using only a low cost webcam and persistent long term robot navigation autonomy trials.

Iíll describe our extensive work in creating robotic perception and navigation algorithms, both algorithmic (SeqSLAM) and bio-inspired, that function under even the most challenging of environmental conditions. Iíll also give an example of how research can transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, showing how robotics, neuroscience and deep learning can come together to create new techniques for data compression. Finally Iíll highlight how we are translating fundamental transdisciplinary science into applications including autonomous vehicles, environmental monitoring and vision-based positioning.†

Directions to UQ

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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