AI Seminar

Googles Self-Driving Car

Dmitri DolgovSoftware LeadGoogle Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars will transform mobility and they are coming sooner then you might expect. They will make transportation safer and more efficient, and offer mobility to those who otherwise don't have it. And they are a lot of fun to work on! In 2009, Google started a self-driving-car program to advance technology in this area. Over the last 5 years we have pushed the state of the art in several related fields of AI and robotics, and built up a fleet of test cars that have driven autonomously over a million kilometers in complex real-world conditions. In this talk, I'll discuss the capabilities of our cars, share some lessons learned, and present a vision for how this technology will become a reality and reshape our lives.
Dmitri Dolgov leads the software team on the Self-Driving-Car project. Prior to that, he worked on self-driving cars in Toyota and at Stanford as part of Stanford's DARPA Urban Challenge team. Dmitri received his B.S. and M.S. in Physics and Math from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1998 and 2000, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 2006 for his work with prof Ed Durfee on multi-agent planning & resource allocation. In 2008, Dmitri was named one of "aI's ten to watch — the Future of AI" by the IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine.

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