Georgia Tech Student Wins CoTeSys Best Robotics Paper Prize at AAMAS 2010

05/19/2010 : 17:08

Zsolt Kira, a PhD student in the Mobile Robotics Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, won the CoTeSys Best Robotics Paper Award at the Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2010), held in Toronto Canada.

Kira’s paper, entitled "Inter-Robot Transfer Learning for Perceptual Classification" addresses the problem of how robots can communicate effectively and share learned knowledge, especially if they are heterogenous. For example, rather than start again from scratch if you upgrade or swap one robot for another, it is desirable for one robot to be able to share its knowledge with another. Unfortunately, since different robots may have different sensors and different internal processing mechanisms, the problem is made even more difficult. Kira’s work shows how an intermediate representation aids individual robot learning and transfer of knowledge between robots.

The award is sponsored by CoTeSys and carries with it a $1000 prize.

The award was presented by the General co-Chair of AAMAS 2010, Professor Michael Luck of King’s College London, at a special technical session to highlight papers nominated for best paper awards.