Moderator: Aloke Roy (Honeywell)
Title: Autonomous Flight in Urban environments: Challenges for Perception and Planning
Description: Small UAS have tremendous promise for providing many different services in urban environments, such as inspection or delivery. But, autonomous flight in the urban environment also brings substantial challenges in terms of sensing, perception and decision making. Small UAS need to be able to understand where they are and what is around them to a much greater degree than ever before. I will talk about recent progress in perception and planning for small UAS, and what the next generation of onboard autonomy may look like.
Title: Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy: State of the Union
Description: Chris Benson has worked in artificial intelligence for Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and Accenture, and is the organizer of the Atlanta Deep Learning Meetup. He is the cohost of the popular Practical AI podcast, which reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners, and often features luminaries from the global AI community. His diversity of experiences lends him a distinct perspective regarding the advancement of artificial intelligence for autonomy.
Chris will offer a 'state of the union' for AI-driven autonomy that spans industries, tying together the technical underpinnings of both civilian and military use cases. He will explore the capabilities and limitations of existing AI approaches, and address their implications for future generations of autonomous endeavors.
As a case study, DARPA's recent Alphadogfight demonstrated that existing AI architectures are already able to beat highly-proficient human pilots in constrained simulations, which has enormous implications for the future - both military and civilian - including the developing relationship between humans and the AIs we create.