Fresh off a successful Detroit conference in May, AutoSens, a global summit on automated driving, is returning to Brussels, Belgium in September. Organizers have announced the agenda for the event which includes over 60 different sessions meant to facilitate meaningful dialogue on the topic of autonomous cars.
“The challenge of the automotive industry is to design computers and robots that can perform tasks better than humans can, while also causing minimal disruption to a system that will include human driven vehicles for many decades to come,” explained AutoSens founder Robert Stead. “It’s no easy task.”
AutoSens covers nearly every aspect of autonomous driving, from the supply chain, infrastructure, and engineering challenges, to legal, financial, and ethical considerations. Attendees, speakers, sponsors, and participants are encouraged to leverage each other’s expertise during the event, which takes aim at the biggest challenges facing autonomous cars. Collaboration and creativity are the central themes of AutoSens, whereby professionals in the field are encouraged to share ideas and devise solutions to the obstacles facing autonomous driving.
“This is a fiercely competitive market, but all companies can benefit from a forum with a free exchange of ideas,” Stead told us earlier this year. “Of course people don’t come and give away all their trade secrets, but so often engineers across the supply chain are facing similar challenges, and by working together to solve some of those core problems, they can spend more time focusing on the real value-add IP at the cutting edge of research.”
“I would say the biggest challenge for people is trying to understand the different technologies,” said Phil Magney, Founder and Principal Advisor, VSI Labs, during AutoSens Detroit in May. “This conference has been good for us because we meet like-minded people that are facing similar challenges; we talk, we exchange our views, and we learn from each other.”
For Engineers, By Engineers
Organizers say they are focused on the technical integrity of the conference, making sure attendees have an accurate picture of what is going on in the market. In other words, there are no sales pitches or slides; “for engineers, by engineers” is the approach organizers take, and it can be seen in every aspect of the conference, from the autonomous vehicle demonstrations to the expert panel of speakers.
“AutoSens brings together engineering minds in a way incomparable with other events this sector,” Stead said. “A real sense of community is what makes it tick. You’ll find the attendees, even if they are doing research on a niche technical area, will be very open to explain what it’s all about to those who are not so experienced.”
AutoSens Brussels 2018 will include keynotes from Professor Christoph Stiller, KIT, on Solutions and Open Challenges in Vehicular Perception, Professor Michael Watts, MIT, with a review of the latest research in photonics-sensor technologies as they relate to the automotive sector, and Jack Weast, Intel, on sharing an Open, Transparent, Industry-Driven Approach to AV Safety.
Expert speakers include representatives from BMW Group, Intel, Hailo, Lyft, NXP Semiconductors, Waymo, University of Surrey, Siemens, Renesas, Smart Eye, The University of Warwick, ABI Research, VSI Labs, and Arbe Robotics. Session leaders have expertise in robotics, computer vision, automotive electronics, digital imaging, and functional safety.
“The difference between AutoSens and many other events on this hot topic of self-driving cars is that the AutoSens attendees are the actual engineers who are building the systems that will make it all possible,” Stead said. “They know first-hand what technologies work well, what the bottlenecks are, and what the future capabilities will be.”
Tickets & Location
AutoSens Brussels 2018 will be held inside the city’s famous AutoWorld Museum, September 17th through the 20th. Tickets, including discount packages for females in the engineering community and early bird specials, are available now. The event’s full agenda and speaker lineup can be found here. The AutoSens Awards, also held in Brussels, are set for the evening of September 19th.
Over 400 engineers, researchers, technologists, and other industry experts attended AutoSens in Detroit in May. As they prepare for the upcoming Brussels conference, organizers are grateful – maybe even a little surprised – at the level of support they have received in such a short time.
“We’re incredibly excited to see it grow to such stature in only the fifth edition of the event,” Stead said. “It fills me with a lot of happiness because it shows our hard work pays off. We just work with so many great people.”
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. He studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.
AutoSens Brussels Themes & Topics
Image quality and standardization.
Image and signal processing requirements.
Human factors in sensor and autonomous vehicle design.
Regulation/ethical considerations for self-driving vehicles.
How to improve the performance and safety of automated vehicles.
Functional safety and testing, including real world versus virtual validation.
Driver and compartment monitoring on the way towards autonomous vehicles.
Sensor fusion, including validation challenges and discussion of different combinations of sensors.
Sensor technologies, including camera monitoring systems, LIDAR, radar, and time-of-flight imaging.