LIDS Seminar Series

The LIDS seminar series serves as a focal point in the intellectual life of the lab. Seminar videos, when available, can be found on the LIDS YouTube channel.

April 19, 2022

Safety-Critical Control of Dynamic Robots

Aaron Ames (Caltech)

Guaranteeing safe behavior is a critical component of translating robots from a laboratory setting to real-world environments in an autonomous fashion. With this as motivation, this talk will present a safety-critical approach to the control of...

October 18, 2022

Lessons from AlphaZero for Control System Design and Discrete Optimization

Dimitri Bertsekas (MIT & ASU)

We focus on a new conceptual framework for approximate Dynamic Programming (DP) and Reinforcement Learning (RL). It revolves around two algorithms that operate in synergy through the powerful mechanism of Newton's method, applied to Bellman’s...