Speaker: Natalia Alexandrov
Title: An Overview of Open Problems in Autonomous Systems
Abstract: The motivating applications for this talk are the coming complex environments, such as urban air mobility, multi-agent multi-modal navigation through cluttered, GPS-denied environments, such as wooded areas or disaster areas, including buildings, and autonomous operations in future space missions.
Although humans will continue as active system participants, increasing system complexity will demand growing degree of machine autonomy. We can make good use of the developments in autonomous cars. However, the airspace environment is much less forgiving and presents special problems. It’s safety critical, time critical, and depends on certification. Question is: when can we trust an autonomous system in such environments? In this talk, I will give examples of open problems in the design and operation of autonomous systems and suggest where mathematical attention would be in order.