Dr. Jonathan Kelly

kamkarDr. Jonathan Kelly

Director, Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems (STARS) Laboratory and Professor, Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), University of Toronto

Dr. Jonathan Kelly is Dean’s Catalyst Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and the Director of the Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems (STARS) Laboratory. Before joining the University of Toronto, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Kelly received his PhD degree from the University of Southern California, where his dissertation work focused on sensor fusion for robust robot navigation. Prior to graduate school, he was a software engineer at the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of estimation and machine learning for robot navigation, mapping, and manipulation tasks. He is also deeply committed to the development of open source robotics tools and to the design of reliable and reusable robotics software.


Tuesday, October 1 at 11:15 AM – Cybersecurity and Embodied Agents: What, Me Worry?

Cybersecurity is already a major concern – vulnerabilities in fixed infrastructure continue to be discovered and exploited and this trend shows no signs of slowing. For now, our laptops don’t walk around all by themselves, but this is set to change in the near future as intelligent, embodied agents finally move out of laboratories and into our human spaces. What do self-driving cars, delivery drones, and domestic service robots mean for cybersecurity? In this talk Jonathan will argue that malicious acts by hackers are only one part of the (potential) problem, and perhaps not even the first thing we should worry about. The bigger issue may be unforeseen “corner cases” hiding within the vast complexity of the autonomous systems we are about to deploy; even well-intentioned human actors might inadvertently cause a breach and trigger a disaster. Jonathan will discuss these challenges and offer thoughts on ways we can mitigate some of these risks.