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Mtg: Towards Robotic Cars

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THURSDAY October 1, 2009
SCV Robotics and Automation Chapter
Speaker: Prof. Sebastian Thrun, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Dept, Stanford University
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley, Building 23, Moffett Field
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/ras

This talk will introduce the audience to the fascinating world of robotic cars.? Most of us use cars in our daily lives; yet cars are inefficient, unsafe, and environmentally wasteful.? Robotic technology promises to overcome some of these shortcomings, by making cars safer; drivers more productive; and also by reducing the burden to the environment by enabling new models of car sharing.? Thrun will present Stanford’s research on the basic artificial intelligence behind this new emerging technology.? In particular, he will report from two recent autonomous car competitions, organized by DARPA, and dubbed “Grand Challenge” and “Urban Challenge.”? Machine perception, computer vision, machine learning, and probabilistic computation all play major roles in the design of these systems.? Thrun will shed light onto the inner workings of these robots, and discuss the impact of self-driving cars on society once the technology is sufficiently matured.

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