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Keynote Lectures

Open Innovation Platforms for Automobiles and Mobility Solutions
Venkatesh Prasad, Ford Motor Company, United States

Toward Highly Intelligent Automobiles
Danil Prokhorov, Toyota Tech Center, United States

 

Open Innovation Platforms for Automobiles and Mobility Solutions

Venkatesh Prasad
Ford Motor Company
United States
 

Brief Bio
K. Venkatesh Prasad is the founding leader of Ford Motor Company's Infotronics Technologies Research & Advanced Engineering Group, based at Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Prasad is responsible for the global activities of the Infotronics technology cluster, one of twelve such clusters within the Ford Research and Advanced Engineering (R&AE) Organization. In this capacity, Prasad oversees the research, architecture, standards, applications development and vehicle system integration of a broad spectrum of electrical, electronics & embedded software technologies. Prasad received his formal education broadly in Electronics, Communications, & Computer Engineering from the NIT-Trichy, India (B.E., 1980), IIT-Madras, India (M.S., 1984), Washington State University, Pullman, WA (M.S., 1987) and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Ph.D., 1990). Prasad is engaged in a number of professional society activities and is currently the associate editor of a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE on "The Advanced Automobile".


Abstract
During the past five years Ford Motor Company has developed and used a number of platforms to reduce the barriers to innovation by both employee-innovators and third-parties. In this keynote, we will describe OpenXC, an open-source platform for developing software applications as well as accessories for automobiles. We will present examples of what has been created by the community using OpenXC and also show how it was used with several crowd-sourced innovation contest platforms to help shape solutions to mobility challenges in several locations around the world.



 

 

Toward Highly Intelligent Automobiles

Danil Prokhorov
Toyota Tech Center
United States
 

Brief Bio

Dr. Danil Prokhorov began his career in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1992. He was a research engineer in St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He became involved in automotive research in 1995 when he was a Summer intern at Ford Scientific Research Lab in Dearborn, MI. In 1997 he became a Ford Research staff member involved in application-driven research on neural networks and other machine learning methods. While at Ford, he was involved in several production-bound projects including neural network based engine misfire detection.  Since 2005 he is with Toyota Technical Center, Ann Arbor, MI.  He is currently in charge of future mobility research department at Toyota Research Institute North America, a TTC division.  He has more than 100 papers in various journals and conference proceedings, as well as 15 patents, to his credit.  He is honored to serve in a number of capacities including the International Neural Network Society (INNS) President, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Expert, and the Associate Editor/Program Committee member of many international journals/conferences.


Abstract
Intelligent automobiles a.k.a. self-driving, autonomous or highly automated cars are capturing people’s imagination while opening up new opportunities for research in many areas including robotics, machine learning and vision. In this talk Danil will overview the state of art in highly automated vehicles and discuss an example of near-production Toyota car. Then he will discuss an example of on-going research project of a car capable of making a variety of autonomous decisions on public roads. In conclusion this talk will offer Danil's view of open challenges for intelligent automobiles.



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