EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Dean, College of Engineering
Dowd Professor of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University


Building Robust Systems Out of Non-Robust Components




Whenever a system fails (and they often do), one typically assigns the blame to the failure of some hardware or software component. In this talk we will describe research that allows systems to exhibit robust behavior in the presence of faults within hardware and software subsystems. The ability to operate through faults is derived from the fact that systems are able to measure their contribution towards the achievement of the specified goal and adapt their behavior accordingly. We will describe examples of robotic systems including a vision tracking system that is able to choose, in real-time, amongst multiple algorithms that will most efficiently accomplish the goal.


Pradeep K. Khosla currently holds the Dowd Professorship in the College of Engineering and The Robotics Institute in the School of Computer Science. He is also the Dean of the College of Engineering Engineering and the Founding Director of the CyLab -- a multidisciplinary initiative for Cybersecurity research at Carnegie Mellon. Dr. Khosla's research interests are in distributed robotic systems, distributed information systems, and embedded software. He is the recipient of several awards including the McDowell Award from Computer Society in 2001 and the ASEE George Westinghouse Award for Education. Dr. Khosla is a Fellow of IEEE, AAAS and AAAI.