Professor Nisar Ahmed’s research explores new algorithms and models for probabilistic reasoning that promote cooperative intelligence in mixed teams of humans and autonomous robotic vehicles. The COHRINT Lab blends this cutting-edge theory with real-world robotic software and hardware.
Key problem areas for aerospace applications include:
- integrated sensing, perception, planning and control in human-robot teams
- learning and prediction of human/autonomy decision making and task performance
- fusion of complex information in dynamic sensor networks
The following new research publications have been accepted:
-S. McGuire, P.M. Furlong, T. Fong, C. Heckman, D.J. Szafir, S. Julier, and N.
Ahmed, “Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes: Validation of Adaptive Recovery in
Robotic Space Operations,” accepted to IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters and ICRA 2019 — congratulations, Steve!
-J. Stechschulte, N. Ahmed, and C. Heckman, “Low-overlap 3-D point
cloud registration with Bayesian outlier rejection,” accepted to ICRA 2019 — congratulations, John (from Prof. Chris Heckman’s ARPG research group)!
-B. Israelsen and N. Ahmed, “‘Dave…I can assure you…it’s going to be alright…’:
A definition, case for, and survey of algorithmic assurances in human-autonomy trust
relationships,” ACM Computing Surveys, v.51 no.6, Jan 2019, 113:1-113:37 — congratulations, Brett!
-B. Israelsen, N. Ahmed, E. Frew, D. Lawrence, and B. Argrow, “Machine Self-Confidence in Autonomous Systems via Meta-Analysis of Decision Processes,” accepted to the 2019 Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference (AHFE 2019) — congratulations, Brett!
Masters student Jeremy Muesing’s paper “Fully Bayesian Human-Machine Data Fusion for Robust Dynamic Target Surveillance and Characterization” (co-authors: Luke Burks; Michael Iuzzolino; Danielle Szafir; Nisar Ahmed) has been accepted to the 2019 InfoTech@Aerospace Conference at AIAA SciTech Forum in San Diego — congratulations, Jeremy!
Aerospace student Luke Burks has successfully passed the comprehensive exam for his thesis, “Active Collaborative Sensing, Learning, and Planning in Human-Robot Teams”, and is now officially a PhD candidate — congratulations, Luke!
The COHRINT Lab will present 3 new papers at international conferences this summer :
“Flexible Semantic Human-Robot Sensing in Unknown Environments using Dynamic Information Gathering Policies,” by L. Burks and N. Ahmed (2018 ICRA RT-DUNE Workshop, Brisbane, Australia);
“Closed-loop Bayesian Semantic Data Fusion for Collaborative Human-Autonomy Target Search,” by L. Burks, I. Loefgren, L. Barbier, J. Muesing, J. McGinley, S. Vunnam, and N.Ahmed (FUSION 2018, Cambridge, UK);
“Weak in the NEES?: Auto-tuning Kalman Filters with Bayesian Optimization,” by Z. Chen, C. Heckman, S. Julier, and N. Ahmed (FUSION 2018, Cambridge, UK);
Aero PhD student Jonathan Manni was recently awarded a Draper Fellowship, among the first ever cohort of CU students to be named Draper Fellows — congratulations, Jonathan!
Aero PhD student Steve McGuire passed his Aerospace PhD Comprehensive Exam, and is now officially a PhD candidate — congratulations, Steve!
PhD student Brett Israelsen has passed his PhD Comprehensive Exam in Computer Science, and is now officially a PhD candidate — congratulations, Brett!