Learn from Aurora, Nvidia and Waymo about two roads to autonomous driving at TC Sessions: Mobility

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The path to the commercialization of autonomous vehicles for humans has split into two paths.

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In one camp, AV developers like Argo AI, Aurora, Cruise, Motional, Waymo, and Zoox are aiming for total autonomy — a system that can manage all driving under certain conditions and without waiting for a human to take control. In other words, the passenger can fall asleep or play on their phone.

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In addition, there are some automakers, notably Tesla, that use an “over time” approach to autonomy. In these cases, the advanced driver assistance system may offer limited autonomous features, with the plan that higher levels of autonomy can be achieved over time.

Billions of dollars have been invested in these different paths, each with its own set of true believers. And in the middle is Nvidia, the chip giant that designs and supplies automakers and AV developers with the tools they need to deploy autonomous technology.

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We are pleased to announce that three experts from Aurora, Nvidia and Waymo who work on AV technologies will join us on stage at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 to help analyze the challenges and opportunities of each approach and weigh which one might be first at scale.

Our speakers: Yangbing Li, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Aurora; Saswat Panigrahi, Vice President of Strategy, Product Management and Data Science at Waymo; and Sarah Tariq, Nvidia’s vice president of self-driving car software.

Lee, Panigrahi and Tariq bring years of experience to the field.

Lee leads all software development for Aurora including autonomy, ground validation, mapping, modeling, cloud infrastructure and data platform. Prior to joining Aurora, she was VP of Product and Engineering at Google and led the Enterprise Services Platform (ESP) organization at Google Cloud.

She also led product development, engineering, and go-to-market strategy at VMware and has worked at Synopsys in various R&D and engineering leadership roles. She holds a PhD from Princeton University, an MA from Cornell University, and a BS from Tsinghua University (Beijing) in electrical and computer engineering.

Panigrahi, who joined Waymo in 2016, manages the engineering and commercial roadmaps for its taxi, long haul and local delivery business lines. Prior to Waymo, he was a senior product manager at Google, working on Google Chrome, Chromebook and Android.

Prior to joining Google, he held positions as a software engineer, product manager and line manager for 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) Kanpur, an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University in Canada, and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.

Tarik is helping Nvidia lead the effort to build and grow its AV platform called Nvidia Drive. Her team is responsible for providing some of the core pieces of the platform’s software, including the perception, localization, display, prediction, planning, and control stacks.

Prior to joining Nvidia, Tarik spent six years at Zoox where she worked on the perception stack, leading the vision and perception teams. Prior to that, she worked for ten years in several areas, including real-time modeling and rendering, performance optimization for high-performance computing and supercomputing, and computer vision.

TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 cuts through the hype and goes beyond the headlines to learn how the confluence of technology and transportation will impact a wide range of industries, cities and the people who work and live in them. Register today before prices increase on May 15th!



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