Ask a Science Envoy: Robot Learning & Toad Navigation

April 27, 2022, 8:00 pm -
9:00 pm

Wonderfest Science Envoys are early-career researchers with special communication skills and aspirations. Join us for two engaging short talks on provocative modern science topics.

Session 1:  Machine Learning in Robots
Join UC Berkeley computer scientist Dr. Ellen Novoseller and learn how robots use machine learning algorithms to behave properly in uncertain surroundings. In this talk, we will share two examples to highlight the issue: a household robot that learns to manipulate everyday objects, and a personalized robotic exoskeleton that helps mobility-impaired people to walk.

Session 2: Toads in Space: Studying Navigation in Amphibians
Join Stanford organismal biologist Daniel Shaykevich to explore the fascinating world of amphibians. While we know quite a bit about how mammals use their brains to understand their spatial surroundings, we know much less about how frogs and salamanders do it. What is going on inside the amphibian brain during navigation? And why would this be interesting to humans?

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Wonderfest is the 25-year-old “Bay Area Beacon of Science.” Through its nonprofit science outreach programs, Wonderfest inspires curiosity, promotes careful reasoning, challenges unexamined beliefs, and encourages life-long learning.

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