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ITS Berkeley Discusses Highly Automated Driving Challenges

ITS Berkeley was well represented at the Workshop/Symposium on Highly Automated Driving Challenges, organized by the PIRE Project “Science and Design of Societal Scale CPS” Oct. 30-31, 2018 in Washington DC at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Washington Office.

ITS Director Alexandre Bayen, PATH Research Engineer Steven Shladover, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Shankar Sastry and ITS Berkeley alumnus Dan Work, now a professor at Vanderbilt University, were all presenters at the workshop/symposium, Societal and Technological Research Challenges for Highly Automated Road Transportation Systems in Germany and the US: Diversities and Synergy Potentials.

Bayen was a Selected US Activities panel moderator and presented “Cloud + Microsim + Deep-RL: Implication for Mixed Autonomy Traffic,” Shladover presented "Safety Challenges for Highly Automated Driving,” Sastry presented “Safe Learning“, and Dan Work moderated a Selected US Activities panel.

Four generations in Professor Shankar Sastry's academic tree: from left Professor Raphael Stern (University of Minnesota), Professor Shankar Sastry (University of California Berkeley), Professor Daniel Work (Vanderbilt University), and Professor Alexandre Bayen (University of California Berkeley)The symposium investigated the rapidly increasing presence of autonomous systems driven by the confluence of advancements in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)  that creates fundamental societal and technical challenges that intertwine liability, certification, assurance and policy issues. The workshop brought together research organizations and public authorities from US and Germany to discuss these challenges for the specific context of highly autonomous driving and will identify synergy potentials and differences in research approaches of both nations.

PATH Research Engineer Steven Shladover presents Safety Challenges for Highly Automated Driving. The symposium/workshop was organized by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and by the joint US-German project on “Science of Design for Societal Scale Cyber-Physical Systems” funded by the NSF Partnership for International Research and Education Excellence (PIRE) program, co-funded by the German DFG.