A Workshop at RSS 2014 in Berkeley CA


Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:30am to 6:30pm
Room 213 (room location corrected!), Wheeler Hall, Berkeley Campus


The goal of this workshop is to explore the fast-changing topic of self-driving vehicles, from the perspectives of robotics research and policy.  Led by the efforts of Google and many leading automobile manufacturers, interest in the field of self-driving vehicles has surged in the past several years.  This workshop will solicit contributions in the core technologies of mobile robotics that underpin self-driving vehicles, including: sensors, localization, mapping, path-planning and control, and human-machine interfaces.  We will also bring in policy experts  to discuss some of the potential legal and economic impacts of this transformative  technology.


The workshop will include: (1) invited talks from prominent researchers; (2) contributed talks addressing related topics in algorithms, systems, or policy; and (3) panel discussions with a number of experts in related fields.


Draft Schedule: (subject to change)

8:30-8:40 — Welcome and Introduction (John Leonard and Jesse Levinson)

8:40-10:00 — Technology and Systems

10:00-10:20 — Coffee Break

10:20-10:40 — Mobility-on-demand System Analysis

10:40-12:00 — Panel on Economic Impacts

12:00-3:00 — Extended Lunch Break
(Note: A three-hour lunch break has been requested by the RSS2014 organizers to allow participants to watch the world cup final)

3:00-3:30 — Contributed technical presentations on Navigation and Mapping

  • Sheng Zhao, Yiming Chen, and Jay Farrell (University of California, Riverside)
    High Precision 6DOF Vehicle Navigation in Urban Environments using a Low-cost Single-frequency GPS Receiver
  • Matthew Cornick, Jeffrey Koechling, and Byron Stanley (Lincoln Laboratory)
    Localizing Ground Penetrating RADAR.
  • Avdhut Joshi and Michael R. James (Toyota Research Institute, North America)
    High-fidelity Street Maps with Multi-Component Tracking and Coarse Structural Priors.

3:30-4:40 — Legal and Safety Aspects

4:40-5:00 — Coffee Break

5:00-6:15 — Panel on Future Outlook and Policy Implications

6:15-6:30 — Wrap-up Discussion

Contact information:

John J. Leonard
Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and CSAIL
Massachusetts Institute of Technology