Professor Nicholas Roy, MIT is an American aerospace engineer, focusing on robotics, machine learning, autonomous systems, planning and reasoning, human-computer interaction and micro air vehicles and also principles of autonomy and decision-making; real-time systems and software, robotics: science and systems, currently the R.L. Bisplinghoff Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His research goals are to build unmanned vehicles that can fly without GPS through unmapped indoor environments, robots that can drive through unmapped cities, and build social robots that can quickly learn what people want without being annoying or intrusive. Such robots will be able to perform effectively with uncertain and limited knowledge of the world, be easily deployed in new environments and immediately start autonomous operations with no prior information.  Professor Roy headed up Google X’s secret Mountain View headquarters team of several dozen autonomy experts to determine the technical feasibility of self-flying delivery vehicles.

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