08-15-2020: Video recording of the tutorial is available at YouTube.
07-16-2020: Slides of the talks are available, please download using the corresponding links in "Schedule".
07-12-2020: All talks have been recorded and will be released on the MIT SPARK YouTube Channel.
07-05-2020: Due to COVID-19, this tutorial will be virtual and accessible via the RSS portal (Session WS1-3).
This tutorial gives an in-depth introduction to global optimization tools, including convex and semidefinite relaxations, applied to robot perception problems. The first goal of the tutorial is to motivate the need for global solvers by providing real-world examples where the lack of robustness results from the difficulty in solving large optimization problems to optimality. The second goal is to provide the attendees with basic mathematical and algorithmic concepts, and survey important recent advances in the area. The third goal is to outline several open research avenues: global optimization has an enormous untapped potential and it is hoped that this tutorial will inspire researchers to use modern optimization tools to solve several outstanding challenges in geometric robot perception. This aims to replicate the success of the “twin” tutorial “Global Optimization for Geometric Understanding with Provable Guarantees” (held at ICCV’19), which attracted more than 150 attendees.
|Time||Topic (with slides)||Speaker|
|10:00-10:10||Arrival and Welcome|
|10:10-10:45||An Introduction to Global Optimization, Convex Relaxations and Strong Duality||Anders Eriksson|
|10:55-11:30||Convex Relaxations for Certifiable Perception: Fast and Exact Global Optimality||Luca Carlone|
|11:40-12:15||Outlier-Robust Geometric Understanding: Algorithms and Provable Guarantees||Tat-Jun Chin|
|12:25-13:00||Certifiably Robust Geometric Perception with Outliers||Heng Yang|