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A&A Chair's Distinguished Seminar Series: Meeko Oishi (Univ of New Mexico)
A&A Chair's Distinguished Seminar Series: Meeko Oishi (Univ of New Mexico)
WhenMonday, Sep 30, 2019, 4 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationStudent Union Building (HUB)
Campus room334
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsWilliam E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Dr. Meeko Oishi kicks of the 2019-2020 A&A Chair's Distinguished Seminar Series with her seminar on "Probabilistic safety and control via stochastic reachability in autonomous systems." 

The A&A Chair's Distinguished Seminar Series brings scholars of national and international reputation who have made an impact in the field of aerospace engineering and beyond.

Assurances of safety in autonomous systems require accounting for inevitable stochasticity, due not only to learning components, but also human-in-the-loop actions, disturbance effects, and modeling errors. We have created computationally efficient approaches to construct stochastic reach-avoid sets when dynamical system models are available, based in Fourier transforms, chance constrained optimization, and Lagrangian methods. Some of our approaches enable exact results, without gridding, sampling, or recursion, while others provide underapproximations that can still provide guarantees. These methods have been applied to problems in verification, planning, and control. For systems with poorly characterized dynamics or stochasticity, we employ a learning based approach that exploits reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, and scales with observed data. We demonstrate these methods on problems in robot navigation, dynamic target capture, satellite rendezvous and docking, and circadian entrainment.

Meeko Oishi is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She received the Ph.D. (2004) and M.S. (2000) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University (1998). Her research interests include hybrid dynamical systems, control of human-in-the-loop systems, reachability analysis, and modeling of motor performance and control in Parkinson’s disease. She previously held a faculty position at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the UNM Regents’ Lecturer Award, the UNM Teaching Fellowship, the Peter Wall Institute Early Career Scholar Award, the Truman Postdoctoral Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering, and the George Bienkowski Memorial Prize, Princeton University. She was a Visiting Researcher at AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate 2017-2018, and is a member of the 2020-2021 Defense Science Study Group.…
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