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

Paul Furgale paul.furgale at mavt.ethz.ch
Wed Mar 12 17:34:39 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 

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 

## Speakers

* Roland Siegwart, ETHZ - ASL
* Paul Furgale, ETHZ - ASL
* Christof Stiller, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
* Michel Parent, INRIA,
* 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](mailto:v-charge-summerschool at mavt.ethz.ch)

**Deadline for the application is April 15th, 2014.**

**Successful candidates will be notified by April 22th and need to 
register and pay the course fee by May 6.**

## Logistics


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.


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 
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 
* 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](mailto:v-charge-summerschool at mavt.ethz.ch)

With best regards,

Paul Furgale

Dr. Paul Furgale
Deputy Director
Autonomous Systems Lab
ETH Zurich

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