DELTA Lab Opening

Who Raquel Urtasun
When 6 april 2017 15:40 – 16:25
Where Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113
1098 XG Amsterdam

Towards Affordable Self-driving Cars

The revolution of self-driving cars will happen in the near future. Most solutions rely on expensive 3D sensors such as LIDAR as well as hand-annotated maps. Unfortunately, this is neither cost effective nor scalable, as one needs to have a very detailed up-to-date map of the world. In this talk, I’ll review our current efforts in the domain of autonomous driving. In particular, I’ll present our work on stereo, optical flow, appearance-less localization, 3D object detection as well as creating HD maps from visual information alone. This results in a much more scalable and cost-effective solution to self-driving cars.
Raquel Urtasun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto and a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision. Prior to this, she was an AssistantProfessor at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), anacademic computer science institute affiliated with the University ofChicago. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science department at Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2006 and did her postdoc at MIT and UC Berkeley. Her research interests includemachine learning, computer vision, robotics and remote sensing. Her recent work involves perception algorithms for self-driving cars, deep structured models and exploring problems at the intersection of vision and language. Her lab was selected as an NVIDIA NVAIL lab. She is a recipient of an NSERC EWR Steacie Award (awarded to the top 6 scientistsin Canada), an NVIDIA Pioneers of AI Award, a Ministry of Education and Innovation Early Researcher Award, three Google Faculty Research Awards,an Amazon Faculty Research Award, a Connaught New Researcher Award and a Best Paper Runner up Prize awarded at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). She is also Program Chair of CVPR 2018, an Editor of the International Journal in Computer Vision (IJCV) and has served as Area Chair of multiple machine learning and vision conferences (i.e., NIPS, UAI, ICML, ICLR, CVPR, ECCV, ICCV).


15.00-15.30 Registration
15.30-15.35 Welcome Prof. Max Welling, Faculty of Science
15.35-15.40 Prof. Peter van Tienderen, Dean Faculty of Science
15.40-16.25 Key-note speech Prof. Raquel Urtasun, University of Toronto
Title: Towards Affordable Self-driving Cars
16.25-16.35 Dr. Michael Bolle, President Corporate Research and Advanced Development, Robert Bosch GmbH
16.35-16.40 Prof. dr. ir. K.I.J. (Karen) Maex
Rector Magnificus University of Amsterdam
16.40-16.45 Ms. Simone Kukenheim, Alderman City of Amsterdam
16.45-16.50 Opening UvA-Bosch DELTA Lab
16.50-18.00 Drinks and Closure