2012 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium

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

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Tuesday 16:40

Autonomous Driving: Current Trends and Future Perspectives

Abstract: Autonomous driving is no longer a question of the far future. Companies and research institutions working in the field have fully demonstrated that self-driving vehicles are technically viable nowadays. What is missing then in order to have driverless cars deployed on public roads? Which are the technological trends in the field in terms of sensors, algorithms, and processing devices? Which are the future plans of car manufacturers and other main stakeholders such as policy makers, technology providers or insurance companies? These and other issues will be tackled in IV12 Panel Discussion on Autonomous Driving. For such purpose, five distinguished experts in the field will provide their views on the topic from quite different but complementary perspectives.

Moderator: Miguel Ángel Sotelo. University of Alcalá


Panel Members

Juhani Jääskeläinen

Head of Unit
ICT for Transport. INFSO G4
European Commision

Bio: Juhani Jääskeläinen holds currently the position of Head of Unit, ICT for Transport, at the European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society, in Brussels, Belgium. He has a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland. Mr. Jääskeläinen joined the European Commission in 1996 as a Principal Scientific Officer, working in the management of the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. In 1999 he was nominated Head of Sector, Mobility Services in the Directorate - General Information Society (INFSO), and in 2005 he became Deputy Head of Unit. In July 2009 he was nominated the Head of Unit, INFSO G4, ICT for Transport. The Unit's main responsibility is planning and managing Community supported research in the area of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) applied to transportation, as well as managing the highly successful joint industry - public sector Intelligent Car and eSafety initiatives. As HoU, Mr. Jääskeläinen is fully responsible for the research actions of the Unit, which cover safety, energy efficiency, logistics and mobility. Mr. Jääskeläinen has a leading role in the Intelligent Car Initiative and he is currently the chair of the iMobility Forum and its Steering Group, as well as the author of four Commission Communications on eSafety and in-vehicle emergency call (eCall) between 2003 and 2007. He is also Chair of the European eCall Implementation Platform (EeIP).

Currently, Mr Jääskeläinen is co-chairing the EU-US Cooperation Task Force, he is a member of the Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems – AHB15 of the Transport Research Board (TRB) of the U.S. Moreover is Mr Jääskeläinen involved in the cooperation between EU and the Japanese Road Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as well as the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in the field of ITS. Mr. Jääskeläinen has a thorough industrial experience, and he has worked in the management of Research and Development in various international companies that include Ericsson and Asea Brown Boweri. Before joining the Commission he worked for several years at the Finnish Technology Development Agency TEKES, first as a Research Manager for Space Technologies and later as the Director of Space Technologies.

Chris Urmson

Head of Engineering - Self Driving Car
Google Inc.
Mountain View, USA

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.

Ralf G. Herrtwich

Director Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems
Group Research and Advanced Engineering
Daimler AG

Bio: Ralf G. Herrtwich is with Daimler Group Research and Advanced Engineering since 1998. After ten years as Director for Infotainment and Telematics, he is now head of Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems, in charge of conceiving and developing future safety and comfort innovations for Mercedes-Benz. A computer scientist by education, Dr. Herrtwich started his career in academia at the TU Berlin and UC Berkeley. He then held management positions with IBM and several telecommunication start-ups before joining Daimler. Since 2009, he also is honorary professor for vehicle information technology at TU Berlin.

Christoph Stiller

Chaired Professor and Director
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Karlsruhe, Germany
President of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society

Bio: Christoph Stiller studied Electrical Engineering in Aachen, Germany and Trondheim, Norway, and received the Diploma degree and the Dr.-Ing. degree (Ph.D.) from Aachen University of Technology in 1988 and 1994, respectively. He worked with INRS-Telecommunications in Montreal, Canada for a post-doctoral year as Member of the Scientific Staff in 1994/1995. In 1995 he joined the Corporate Research and Advanced Development of Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany. In 2001 he became chaired professor and director of the Institute for Measurement and Control Systems at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Dr. Stiller has been elected President of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (2012-2013). He serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (2004-ongoing), IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (1999-2003) and as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine (2009-2011). He has served as program chair for the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2004 in Italy and as General Chair of the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2011 in Germany. His autonomous driving team AnnieWAY has been finalist in the Darpa Urban Challenge 2007 and winner of the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge in 2011.

Alberto Broggi

Full Professor. Università di Parma
CEO. Vislab
Parma, Italy
Past-President of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society

Bio: Prof. Alberto Broggi received the Dr. Ing. (Master) degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology both from the Università di Parma, Italy, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He is now Full Professor at the Università di Parma. He is the Director of the Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Lab of Parma University and CEO of the VisLab spinoff company, and author of more than 150 scientific publications. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems for the term 2004-2008; he served the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society as President for the term 2010-2011, and now he is holding the Past-President position.



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