Florian Shkurti

I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the Mobile Robotics Lab at McGill University, supervised by Gregory Dudek. I am working on algorithms that enable robot videographers to navigate and record footage that humans are going to find interesting. My research is at the intersection of mobile robotics, computer vision, machine learning, planning and control. I am particularly interested in imitation learning, inverse reinforcement learning (efficiently learning users' objectives), the control of dynamical systems under uncertainty, and visibility-aware multi-robot path planning. In my M.Sc. I worked on simultaneous mapping and localization for underwater robots using a single camera and an IMU, under the co-supervision of Gregory Dudek and Ioannis Rekleitis. Born in Albania, grew up in Greece.


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514-398-2186
3480 University Street
McConnell Building, Room 318
Montreal, QC H3A 0E9
Canada


Publications

Active Semi-Supervised Learning of Reward Functions over Visual Content
Florian Shkurti and Gregory Dudek. In preparation.

Model-Based Probabilistic Pursuit via Inverse Reinforcement Learning
Florian Shkurti, Nikhil Kakodkar, and Gregory Dudek, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '18), Brisbane, Australia. pdf, video

Underwater Multi-Robot Convoying using Visual Tracking by Detection
Florian Shkurti, Wei-Di Chang, Peter Henderson, Jahidul Islam, Juan Camilo Gamboa Higuera, Jimmy Li, Travis Manderson, Anqi Xu, Gregory Dudek, and Junaed Sattar, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS '17), Vancouver, Canada. pdf, bibtex, project page

Topologically-Distinct Trajectory Predictions for Probabilistic Pursuit
Florian Shkurti and Gregory Dudek, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS '17), Vancouver, Canada. pdf, bibtex, project page

Benchmark Environments for Multitask Learning in Continuous Domains
Peter Henderson, Wei-Di Chang, Florian Shkurti, Johanna Hansen, David Meger, and Gregory Dudek, Workshop on Lifelong Learning at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML '17), Sydney, Australia. pdf, bibtex

Texture-Aware SLAM Using Stereo Imagery and Inertial Information
Travis Manderson, Florian Shkurti, and Gregory Dudek, Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV '16), Victoria, Canada. pdf, bibtex

3D Trajectory Synthesis and Control for a Legged Swimming Robot
David Meger, Florian Shkurti, David Cortes Poza, Philippe Giguere, and Gregory Dudek, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS '14), Chicago, USA. pdf, bibtex, project page

Ear-based Exploration on Hybrid Metric/Topological Maps
Qiwen Zhang, David Whitney, Florian Shkurti, Ioannis Rekleitis, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IROS '14), Chicago, USA. pdf, bibtex

Asymmetric Rendezvous Search at Sea
Malika Meghjani, Florian Shkurti, Juan Camilo Gamboa Higuera, Arnold Kalmbach, David Whitney, and Gregory Dudek G, Computer and Robot Vision (CRV '14), Montreal, Canada. pdf, bibtex

Maximizing Visibility in Collaborative Trajectory Planning
Florian Shkurti and Gregory Dudek, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA ’14), Hong-Kong. pdf, bibtex

On the complexity of searching for an evader with a faster pursuer
Florian Shkurti and Gregory Dudek, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA ’13), Karlsruhe, Germany. pdf, bibtex

Multi-Domain Monitoring of Marine Environments Using a Heterogeneous Robot Team
Florian Shkurti, Anqi Xu, Malika Meghjani, Juan Camilo Gamboa Higuera, Yogesh Girdhar, Philippe Giguere, Bikram Dey, Jimmy Li, Arnold Kalmbach, Chris Prahacs, Katrine Turgeon, Ioannis Rekleitis, and Gregory Dudek, IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS ’12), Algarve, Portugal. pdf, bibtex, project page

Socially-Driven Collective Path Planning for Robot Missions
Juan Camilo Gamboa Higuera, Anqi Xu, Florian Shkurti, Gregory Dudek, Conference on Robot Vision (CRV '12), Toronto, Canada. pdf, bibtex

State Estimation for an Underwater Robot using Visual and Inertial Cues
Florian Shkurti, M.Sc. Thesis, McGill University, 2011. pdf, bibtex

State Estimation for an Underwater Robot using Visual and Inertial Information
Florian Shkurti, Ioannis Rekleitis, Milena Scaccia, and Gregory Dudek, IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS ’11), San Francisco, USA. pdf, bibtex

MARE: Marine Autonomous Robotic Explorer
Yogesh Girdhar, Anqi Xu, Bikram Dey, Malika Meghjani, Florian Shkurti, Ioannis Rekleitis, and Gregory Dudek, IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS ’11), San Francisco, USA. pdf, bibtex

Feature Tracker Evaluation For Pose Estimation In Underwater Environments
Florian Shkurti, Ioannis Rekleitis, and Gregory Dudek, Conference on Robot Vision (CRV '11), St. John’s, Newfoundland. pdf, bibtex