[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] The V-Charge Summer School: Perception and Planning for Autonomous Driving - DEADLINE EXTENSION

Stefano Cattani cattani.stefano at gmail.com
Sun Apr 13 15:16:09 PDT 2014


# Invitation

On behalf of the Autonomous Systems Lab <http://www.asl.ethz.ch/> and the
members of the V-Charge project <http://www.v-charge.eu/>, I have the
pleasure to cordially invite you to the following robotics summer school
which will be conducted this July at the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich):

July 7th - July 10th, 2014:

"The V-Charge Summer School: Perception and Planning for Autonomous Driving"

Research into fully automated driving is maturing rapidly with all major
vehicle manufacturers targeting the rollout of some form of vehicle
automation in the years ahead. This ambitious goal will see complicated
robotic systems deployed widely. However, there is still a gap between the
commercial systems now available--such as automated cruise control or
parking assistance--and the functionality and robustness needed for truly
automated driving. Providing this functionality using only a suite of
sensors that is affordable for consumers is a great challenge that must be
solved before fully automated vehicles make it into the hands of average
consumers.

The V-Charge project will host a summer school on fully automated driving.
We want to prepare a new generation of engineers for these challenges,
expose them to the current state of the art, and highlight fascinating
areas of future research. The summer school will give a compact
introduction to the field of fully automated driving, offer technical
sessions that will provide hands-on experience with state-of-the-art
techniques, and present invited talks to frame the open research questions
in the field.

The school is designed for graduate students of all levels. However, a
solid background in engineering will enable you to profit most from the
lectures and exercises. In the courses, we seek to take your existing
engineering skills and extend them to the most important fundamentals in
this field. We will show you the current state of the art in each area and
expose you to inspiring researchers from all over the world. To this end,
the summer school will feature four full days of tutorials, lectures,
hands-on exercises, and case studies presented by internationally
recognized experts in the field.

Detailed information is given below in this email or accessible at
http://www.roboticsschool.ethz.ch or http://www.v-charge.eu/?page_id=545

## Speakers

*   Roland Siegwart, ETHZ - ASL

*   Paul Furgale, ETHZ - ASL

*   Christof Stiller, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

*   Michel Parent, INRIA

*   Uwe Franke, Daimler

*   Falko Dressler, University of Innsbruck

*   Steven Shladover, University of California, Berkeley

*   Ulrich Schwesinger, ETHZ - ASL

*   Marc Pollefeys, ETHZ - CVG

*   Torsten Sattler, ETHZ - CVG

*   Stefano Cattani, University of Parma

*   Julian Timpner, TU Braunschweig

*   Lina Paz, University of Oxford

*   Hugo Grimmet, University of Oxford

*   Alex Stewart, University of Oxford

*   Paolo Medici, University of Parma


## Application

Participation is limited to 50 students. Candidates will be selected based
on the quality of their application. Please state on one single page (11pt
font):

*   your scientific background and degree

*   your motivation to come to this school

*   the topic of your thesis

*   any prior knowledge in the field Please include a current academic
transcript with your application (and optionally a CV with a list of
publications) and send it to v-charge-summerschool at mavt.ethz.ch

**EXTENDED deadline for the application is April 22th, 2014.**

**Successful candidates will be notified by April 29th and need to register
and pay the course fee by May 13.**


## Logistics

**Cost:**

The cost for the summer school is

*   300 CHF including accommodations

*   250 CHF without accommodations

This will cover all course materials, as well as breakfast, coffee-breaks,
and two dinners during the school. Lunch and dinner are available at the
ETH-Cafeterias and in nearby venues from ~15 CHF (including a drink). For
the whole week, we put the additional living expenses at around CHF 200.

**Accommodations:**

We will provide basic accommodation for all participants in a remodeled
former air-raid shelter in the basement of the Computer Science building
(no windows). This is right next door to the course venue, and will feature
dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms. Pillows, blankets, and sheets
will be provided. This accommodation will be free of charge for all
participants. It will be open from Sunday evening to Friday morning, to
accommodate travel that requires an additional night in Zurich. If more
privacy and comfort is desired, students must organize alternative
accommodation on their own responsibility and expense (double rooms in
Zurich start at around 65 CHF per night and person).


## Organizers

The summer school is organized by the Autonomous Systems Lab (
http://www.asl.ethz.ch/) and the V-Charge project (http://www.v-charge.eu)
in collaboration with:

*   Vislab at the University of Parma (http://vislab.it/)

*   The Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen at Technische Universität
Braunschweig, Germany

*   The ETH Zurich Computer Vision and Geometry Group (
http://www.cvg.ethz.ch/)

*   The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~mobile)

This summer school is funded by the EU FP7 2007-2013 Program, Challenge 2,
Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics, under grant agreement No 269916,
V-Charge.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
v-charge-summerschool at mavt.ethz.ch

With best regards,

Paul Furgale and Stefano Cattani


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