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Brian Williams

Professor Brian Williams
Jason Dorfman, CSAIL photographer

New research from Professor Brian William’s Model-Based Embedded and Robotic Systems Group at CSAIL could allow humans, robots and other autonomous vehicles to collaborate on everything from navigation to trip planning, and eventually pave the way for the operation of personal aircraft and driverless cars. The algorithms developed by Williams and CSAIL graduate student Peng Yu could allow a human passenger to dictate a trip, such as a trip to Paris with a flyover of the Eiffel Tower within certain time constraints, and allow the autonomous machine ferrying the passenger to make suggestions that allow the trip to stay on schedule. “In general, everything around us is getting smarter,” said Williams.