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ESE Ph.D. Thesis Defense: “Mobile Mission Planning in Uncertain Environments”

June 26 at 1:00 PM

Robotic mission planning in uncertain environments remains a formidable challenge due to environmental complexity and sensor noise. This dissertation introduces new methodologies to tackle these issues. We develop a method for Linear Temporal Logic (LTL) planning, extending it to completely unknown environments to enable dynamic understanding and task fulfillment. Large language models (LLMs) are also leveraged to make task expression more user-friendly and to exploit their reasoning capabilities to improve mission planning while maintaining the guarantees from traditional LTL planning. For multi-robot systems, I focus on enhancing scalability and coordination using Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) for distributed, non-myopic active information gathering. I validate the resulting algorithms with several numerical simulations.

Mariliza Tzes

ESE Ph.D. Candidate

Mariliza is an Electrical & Systems Engineering Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, advised by Professor George J. Pappas. Her research focuses on the development of algorithms designed for optimal information gathering and task planning in uncertain environments. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Patras, Greece in 2018. Mariliza was awarded the Outstanding Paper Award in Multi-Robot Systems at the International Conference in Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2023.


June 26
1:00 PM
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Electrical and Systems Engineering
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Berger Auditorium (Room 13), Skirkanich Hall
210 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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