DIMACS Workshop on Large Scale Discrete Optimization in Robotics and Vision

March 21 - 23, 1999
Rutgers University, CoRE Building, Piscataway, NJ

Jitendra Malik, University of California - Berkeley, malik@cs.berkeley.edu
Jean Ponce, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, ponce@cs.uiuc.edu
Presented under the auspices of the DIMACS Special Year on Large Scale Discrete Optimization.

This workshop will address the fundamental mathematical and computational problems underlying computer vision and robotics. A set of talks from major researchers in the field will help give a perspective on the leading issues today and the likely directions for future progress. Points of contact with computer science theory and algorithms, probabilistic inference, and other areas of applied mathematics in general will be stressed.

Biological vision is used to guide a number of different aspects of behavior--guiding locomotion, controlling manipulation and recognition of objects. Computer vision seeks to develop models and algorithms for these competences, drawing heavily on geometry, probability and statistics and computation. Likewise, robotics is concerned with controlling mechanisms such as manipulator arms, grippers and mobile platforms using sensory input as well as a priori knowledge about the geometry and physics of these mechanisms and their environment. This discipline is at the boundary between fields as diverse as mathematics, mechanics, control theory and computer science.

The intended audience for the workshop is formed of students and practitioners of applied mathematics and computer science. The invited speakers will present various facets of vision and robotics, including object recognition, image segmentation, motion analysis, mobile robot navigation, visual servoing, geometric motion planning and object manipulation.

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