Nicklas Hansen

TILOS Seminar: Large Datasets and Models for Robots in the Real World

Nicklas Hansen, UC San Diego

Abstract: Recent progress in AI can be attributed to the emergence of large models trained on large datasets. However, teaching AI agents to reliably interact with our physical world has proven challenging, which is in part due to a lack of large and sufficiently diverse robot datasets. In this talk, I will cover ongoing efforts of the Open X-Embodiment project–a collaboration between 279 researchers across 20+ institutions–to build a large, open dataset for real-world robotics, and discuss how this new paradigm is rapidly changing the field. Concretely, I will discuss why we need large datasets in robotics, what such datasets may look like, and how large models can be trained and evaluated effectively in a cross-embodiment cross-environment setting. Finally, I will conclude the talk by sharing my perspective on the limitations of current embodied AI agents, as well as how to move forward as a community.

Nicklas Hansen is a Ph.D. student at University of California San Diego advised by Prof. Xiaolong Wang and Prof. Hao Su. His research focuses on developing generalist AI agents that learn from interaction with the physical and digital world. He has spent time at Meta AI (FAIR) and University of California Berkeley (BAIR), and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Technical University of Denmark. He is a recipient of the 2024 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship, and his work has been featured at top venues in machine learning and robotics. Webpage: www.nicklashansen.com

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Date

May 22 2024

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 22 2024
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location

Halıcıoğlu Data Science Building Room 123
3234 Matthews Ln, La Jolla, CA 92093

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