Wolfram Burgard develops intelligent, autonomous systems: in other words, self-driving robots. His scientific vision, further developed thanks to the ERC project LifeNav, is that autonomous systems can learn to move and navigate without maps thanks to deep learning.
This means that the robot is learns to translate the data that it receives from its sensors directly into action, and the more it does it, the better it becomes at doing it. Specifically, the goal of the LifeNav project is to design mobile robot systems that can reliably operate over extended periods of time in complex and dynamically changing environments.
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