Hear two avenues for autonomous driving from Aurora, Nvidia and Waymo at TC Sessions: Mobility.


The road to commercialization of autonomous vehicle technology for humans is divided into two.

On one side, AV developers like Argo AI, Aurora, Cruise, Motional, Waymo and Zoox are aiming for complete autonomy. A system that can handle all driving within certain conditions and don’t expect humans to take over. This means passengers can fall asleep or play on their phone.

And there are some automakers, especially Tesla, who are taking an approach to autonomy that will improve over time. In such cases, advanced driver assistance systems may offer limited autonomy capabilities, with plans to achieve higher levels of autonomy over time.

Billions of dollars have been invested in these various channels. Each path has its own believers. And at the heart of it is chip maker Nvidia, which develops and supplies automakers and AV developers with the tools they need to deploy autonomous technology.

Three experts from Aurora, Nvidia and Waymo working on AV technology will join the stage at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 to analyze the challenges and opportunities of each approach and help determine which approaches will come first I’m glad I did. Scale.

The speaker is Yanbing Li, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Aurora. Saswat Panigrahi, Vice President of Strategy, Product Management and Data Science at Waymo; Sarah Tariq, VP of autonomous driving software at Nvidia.

Li, Panigrahi and Tariq bring decades of experience to the field.

Li leads all software development for Aurora, including autonomy, ground truth, mapping, simulation, cloud infrastructure, and data platforms. Prior to Aurora, he served as VP of Product and Engineering at Google and led the Enterprise Services Platform (ESP) organization at Google Cloud.

He also led product development, engineering, and go-to-market strategies at VMware, and held various research, development, and engineering leadership roles at Synopsys. She received her PhD from Princeton University, MA from Cornell University, and BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from Tsinghua University (Beijing).

Panigrahi, who joined Waymo in 2016, manages engineering and commercial roadmaps across business lines of ride hailing, long haul trucking and regional shipping. Prior to Waymo, he was Senior Product Manager at Google, working on Chrome, Chromebooks and Android.

Prior to joining Google, he served as a software developer, product manager and line manager at Ericsson in Canada, China and Sweden. He also worked as a research engineer at McGill University. Panigrahi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University in Canada, and a MS in Business Administration from IMD in Switzerland.

Tariq is leading Nvidia’s efforts to create and develop an AV platform called the Nvidia Drive. Her team is responsible for providing the core software parts of this platform, including perception, localization, mapping, forecasting, planning and control stacks.

Prior to joining Nvidia, Tariq spent 6 years at Zoox working on the perception stack, leading the vision and perception team. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in multiple fields including real-time simulation and rendering, high-performance computing, and performance optimization for supercomputers and computer vision.

TC Session: Mobility 2022 breaks the hype and goes beyond the headlines to see how the combination of technology and transportation will affect a wide range of industries, cities, and the people who work and live within them. Register now before the May 15 price increase!

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