Friday, January 21, 2021
4:10 – 5:00 p.m.
ETB 1020 – **In-person**
Dr. Craig Robinson
Tech Lead and Manager for Positioning at Waymo
Title: “Waymo Self Driving: An Overview”
- Self-driving is driven by corner cases
- Sensor fusion is important; but independence is more useful
- No problem is too simple
We will first give an overview of Waymo, the “Waymo Driver” and the vision for Self-Driving systems we have under development. We will then take a closer look at the current generation vehicle from a technical standpoint and delve into the sensor systems and modalities onboard (radar, laser, camera, IMU’s and microphones(!)). That will lead to a discussion of higher level system architecture (hardware and software) and the safety framework that underpins the system. Finally we will wrap up with some observations from the field regarding differences between research, development and deployment of complex systems like self-driving vehicles.
Dr. Robinson is a Tech Lead and manager for Positioning at Waymo and is broadly responsible for delivering positioning architecture, software and hardware systems. He joined the self-driving company in 2014 with expertise in inertial navigation, sensor fusion, safety and system design. Prior to Waymo, Dr Robinson worked on pose estimation for Google Street View, server fleet intelligence in Google’s data centers, and early DSRC safety systems at Mercedes-Benz R&D. Dr Robinson completed his MSc & Phd At University of Illinois in the area of Networked Control systems and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2001. He holds 10 patents in the area of Self Driving, a swimming Guinness world record and a hobby of flying human powered planes.