2012 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium

June 3-7, 2012, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

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Chris Urmson

Keynote Speaker – Monday 9:00
Realizing Self-Driving Vehicles
Affiliation: Head of Engineering – Self Driving Car
Google Inc.
Mountain View, USA

Abstract: Self-driving vehicles hold the promise of uncrashable vehicles and reshaping our relationship with the automobile. The Google Self-Driving car project was created to rapidly advance autonomous driving technology. Building from the foundation of decades of research and the DARPA Challenges, we have developed a small fleet of autonomous self-driving vehicles. In this talk, I will provide an introduction to the work Google has been doing in advancing the state-of-the art in autonomous vehicles. To drive autonomously the vehicles use a combination of prior map data and on-line sensing. Prior to driving autonomously, we map the area using the sensors on one of our vehicles. On line, the vehicles use this model to estimate their position and to help them track objects that move through the world (pedestrians, cyclists, cars, etc.). The motion planner then combines the a priori model of where the roads are with the objects that are detected online to determine safe trajectories through the world. In the course of the talk, I will demonstrate the capabilities (and limitations) of our vehicles, and talk briefly about the future of autonomous driving.

Bio: Chris Urmson is the head of engineering for Google’s self-driving car program and is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Chris was the Director of Technology for the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. He has developed several robotic navigation architectures and software systems currently in use by Carnegie Mellon University, NASA JPL and NASA Ames. He earned his PhD in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon and his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1998.


Dariu M. Gavrila
Keynote Speaker – Tuesday 9:00
Smart Cars for Safe Pedestrians
Affiliation: Senior Research Scientist
Daimler R&D
Ulm, Germany

Abstract: One of the most significant large-scale deployment of intelligent systems in our daily life nowadays involves driver assistance in smart cars. The past decade has seen a steady increase of interest in the plight of the vulnerable road users (e.g. pedestrians, bicyclists), motivated by accident statistics, and accentuated by regulatory and consumer rating initiatives. Devising an effective driver assistance system for vulnerable road users has long been impeded, however, by the "perception bottleneck", i.e. not being able to detect and localize vulnerable road users sufficiently accurate. In this talk, I give an overview of the remarkable research progress that has been achieved in this area. I discuss its main enablers and highlight future developments, on the road towards accident-free driving.

Bio: Dariu M. Gavrila received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1996. Since 1997, he has been a Senior Research Scientist at Daimler R&D in Ulm, Germany. In 2003, he was appointed professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam, chairing the area of Intelligent Perception Systems (part time). Over the last decade, Prof. Gavrila has addressed perception systems for detecting humans and their activity. He particularly focused on active pedestrian safety, where was responsible for several EU and German projects on behalf of Daimler (PROTECTOR, SAVE-U, WATCH-OVER, AKTIV). He wrote a sizeable number of highly cited publications and received the I/O 2007 Award from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), as well as several conference paper awards. His personal website is www.gavrila.net.


Robert L. Bertini
Keynote Speaker – Wednesday 9:00
Toward Environmental Sustainability in a Connected World
Affiliation: Professor. Civil & Environmental Engineering
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon, USA

Abstract: Typically the improvement of safety and mobility/efficiency are the prime goals of transportation policies, programs, projects and technologies. More and more the concept of "environmental sustainability" has crept onto the scene as a third priority. There are different approaches across world regions toward making firm sustainability goals--the EU has its White Paper while the U.S. efforts are distributed across state and local agencies. This keynote address will explore environmental sustainability as a critical component of our research and development of intelligent vehicle and roadside solutions. As we anticipate and develop new technologies in vehicles and on the roadside, and bring these two worlds together in a truly connected future, what opportunities do we have to achieve progress toward environmental sustainability? How do sustainability benefits overlap with safety and mobility benefits? How can we in the transportation field contribute our fair share toward sustainability goals? What research and policy challenges remain for us to tackle moving forward?

Bio: Dr. Robert L. Bertini is Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA, and is spending the 2011-2012 academic year as Visiting Professor at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Bertini most recently served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration as the fourth and longest-serving Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Dr. Bertini also served as Acting Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office from 2010-2011. At the U.S. DOT, Bertini led transportation workforce development and employee ideation community initiatives and was a champion for international cooperation and multimodal collaboration.  He was the founding Director of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), a National University Transportation Center that is a partnership among Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and the Oregon Institute of Technology. Bertini developed and directed the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory at Portland State and was the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Bertini is a registered professional engineer in Oregon and California with more than 23 years’ experience in the transportation field, including work with local government, several national transportation consulting firms on transit and highway projects, the auto industry, and university research and education. Professor Bertini is a sought-after speaker, lecturer and facilitator on transportation, leadership and collaboration topics, and is the author or co-author of more than 230 publications, including journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and technical reports.  He is the chair of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics (AHB45) which also oversees the Joint Subcommittee on Traffic Simulation Models. A former city planning commissioner, Bertini earned a B.S. cum laude in Civil Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; an M.S. in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Web: web.pdx.edu/~bertini.



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