Google's Self-Driving Car - Be Driven

Organised by University of Bedfordshire BCS Student Chapter.

DateWednesday 25 Mar 2015

14:00 for 14:15


The Postgraduate and CPD Centre, University of Bedfordshire (Luton Campus), Park Square, Luton LU1 3JU. (Directions, Map)

SpeakerDr Chris Urmson, Director, Self-Driving Cars, Google[x]

You are warmly invited to attend a FREE afternoon lecture at The Postgraduate and CPD Centre, University of Bedfordshire, Luton on Wednesday 25 March 2015. This event is organised by the University’s BCS Student Chapter.

Photo Self-driving will save lives, save time, and offer mobility to those who otherwise don’t have it. Eventually they will reshape the way we live in, and move through, our communities and cities.

A dedicated team at Google has spent the last five years moving self-driving vehicles closer to a reality. New algorithms, increased processing power, innovative sensors and massive amounts of data enable our vehicles to see further, understand more and handle a wide variety of challenging driving scenarios. Our vehicles have driven over a half million miles on highways, suburban and urban streets. Through this journey, we’ve learned a lot; not just about how to drive, but about interacting with drivers, users and others on the road, and about what it takes to bring in incredibly complex system to fruition. I’ll share some fun stories and lessons along with our vision for how these vehicles will become a reality.


Photo As Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google(x), Chris Urmson leads Google’s self-driving car program. The team’s vehicles have driven over three quarters of a million miles. Prior to joining Google, Chris was on the faculty of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where his research focused on motion planning and perception for robotic vehicles. During his time at Carnegie Mellon, he worked with house size trucks, drove robots around in deserts, and served as the Director of Technology for the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. He earned his PhD in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon and his BSc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1998.


There is no parking available on the Luton Campus but there are alarge number of public and privately owned car-parks in the vicinity. See Directions, Arndale Mall car park.

2.00pm Registration, refreshments and networking
2.15pm Introduction
"Google self-driving car: Be driven"
3.15pm Opportunity to question the speaker
3.30pm Thanks
Opportunity to network and talk to the speaker

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