March 31, 2004: Distinguished Lecturer Seminar, Speaker Stuart Russell
Speaker: Stuart Russell (University of California, Berkeley)
Title: Identity Uncertainty

Date: Wednesday March 31, 2004
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Room 1000 SEO

We are often uncertain about the identity of objects. This phenomenon appears in theories of object persistence in early childhood; in the well-known Morning Star/Evening Star example; in tracking and data association systems for radar; in security systems based on personal identification; and in many aspects of our everyday lives. I will present a probabilistic approach to reasoning about identity under uncertainty, with applications to wide-area freeway traffic monitoring and bibliographic citation databases. The approach is embodied within a formal language for representing probability models that include identity uncertainty.

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