Hovakimyan leads seminar with robotics community


Professor Naira Hovakimyan led the most recent session of MIT’s “Robotics Today” seminars on July 10 with her presentation, “Safe Learning and Control with L1 Adaptation.”

In her talk, she discussed how learning-based control paradigms have seen many success stories with various robots in recent years. However, as these robots prepare to enter the real world, operating safely in the presence of imperfect model knowledge and external disturbances will be vital to ensure mission success. She presented an overview of L1 adaptive control, how it enables safety in autonomous robots, and discussed some of her research group’s recent results that explore various architectures with L1 adaptive control while guaranteeing performance and robustness throughout the learning process.

Robotics Today - A series of technical talks” is a virtual robotics seminar series held on Fridays and is open to the public. The goal of the series is to bring the robotics community together during the current challenging times.

Hovakimyan is the W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor. She leads the Advanced Controls Research Laboratory at Illinois.