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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Henrik I. Christensen (UC San Diego) - Deploying autonomous vehicles for micro-mobility in urban environments

    Tue, Apr 26, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Speaker: Henrik I. Christensen, UC San Diego

    Talk Title: Deploying autonomous vehicles for micro-mobility in urban environments

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles are already widely deployed on the inter-states. Providing robust autonomous systems for urban environments is a more difficult challenge, as the road network is more complex, there are many more types of road-users (cars, bikes, pedestrians) and the potential interactions are more complex. In an urban environment it is also harder to use pre-computed HD-maps as the world is more dynamic. We study the design of micro-mobility solutions for the UCSD campus. In this presentation we will discuss an overall systems design, eliminating the need for HD-maps and use course topological maps such as Open Street Maps, fusing vision and lidar for semantic mapping /localization, detection and handling other road-users. Dynamic planning in the presence of other agents. The system has been deployed in multiple long-term test to evaluate performance across weather, season changes, etc. We will present both underlying methods, algorithms, and experimental insights. Finally, we will present some challenges for the future.

    Dr. Christensen will give the talk in person at SGM 124 and we will also host the talk over Zoom.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:


    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Henrik I Christensen is the Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair of Robot Systems and the director of robotics at UC San Diego. He is an academic, entrepreneur and investor. Dr. Christensen does research on a systems approach to robotics. Solutions need a solid theoretical basis, effective algorithms, a good implementation and must be evaluated using realistic scenarios. He has made contributions to computer vision, SLAM, and systems engineering. His research has been adopted by many companies. Henrik is also the main editor of the US National Robotics Roadmap (2009, 2013, 2016 and 2020). He is serving / has served on a significant number of editorial board (PAMI, IJRR, JFR, RAS, Aut Sys). He co-founded Robust.AI and Robo Global (AUM: $3.5B) and serves as a consultant to companies and agencies across 5 continents

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M0LX4fKmSIqVhjLX05mWCg

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 124

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M0LX4fKmSIqVhjLX05mWCg

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department


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