Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, April 01, 2009
HP Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B01

Learning in Humans and Robots

Trevor Blackwell
About the talk:

How do humans learn dynamic physical skills? How much is built in through biology? What are the built-in biases that help us learn some things easily? How can we make robots behave more like humans?

I'll talk about how human motor skills work from a robotics point of view and how we've applied some of those lessons to real robots we've built.


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About the speaker:

[speaker photo] Blackwell is the founder and CEO of Anybots, a Silicon Valley startup developing next-generation teleoperated robots. He is also a partner in Y Combinator, a new kind of venture firm specializing in early stage startups. Previously (1995-2001) he developed some of the first e-commerce software at Viaweb (acquired by Yahoo).

As a grad student at Harvard (1993-1998) he worked on randomized network protocols, randomized compiler optimizations, and other random things. He is published in the proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE Infocom, and Usenix.

He has also done a number of recreational hacking projects such as a balancing scooter, an electric unicycle, and an ultra-realistic Apple ][ mode for xscreensaver.

Contact information:

Trevor Blackwell
320 Pioneer Way
Mountain View CA 94041