LM Robotics Seminar: Deploying autonomous vehicles for micro-mobility on a university campus

Friday, September 17, 2021
2:00 p.m.
JMP 2121

Deploying autonomous vehicles for micro-mobility on a university campus

Henrik I Christensen 

Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair of Robot Systems
Director of Robotics
University of California San Diego

Streaming link: https://vid.umd.edu/detsmediasite/Play/f33011b6b9f64d1a9cc5edf705a0b4711d


Autonomous vehicles are already deployed on the inter-states. Providing robust autonomous systems for urban environments is a different 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 much more dynamic. We have studied the design of micro-mobility solutions for the UCSD campus. In this presentation we will discuss an overall systems design, trying to eliminate HD-maps and replace it with course topological maps such as OpenStreet Maps, fusing vision and lidar for semantic mapping /localization, detection and handling other road-users. The system for deployed for a 6-month period to evaluate robustness across weather, season changes, etc. We will present both underlying methods, and experimental insight.


Henrik I Christensen is the Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair of Robot Systems and the director of robotics at UC San Diego. Dr. Christensen does research on a systems approach to robotics. Solutions need a solid theoretical basis, effective algorithms, a good implementation and be evaluated in realistic scenarios. He has made contributions to distributed systems, SLAM, robot soft systems (ROS), and systems engineering. Henrik is also the main editor of the US National Robotics Roadmap. He is/has served on a significant number of editoral board (PAMI, IJRR, JFR, RAS, Aut Sys, …).


Yancy Diaz-Mercado

Contact: appicard@umd.edu

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