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Tuesday, May 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Keynote: Autonomous Vehicle Safety and Perception Robustness Testing

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Making self-driving cars safe will require a combination of techniques. ISO 26262 and the SAE's draft standards for safety of the intended function (SOTIF) will help with vehicle control and trajectory stages of the autonomy pipeline. Planning might be made safe using a doer/checker architectural pattern that uses deterministic safety envelope enforcement of non-deterministic planning algorithms. Machine-learning-based perception validation will be more problematic. We discuss the issue of perception edge cases, including the potentially heavy-tail distribution of object types and brittleness to slight variations in images. Our Hologram tool injects modest amounts of noise to cause perception failures, identifying brittle aspects of perception algorithms. More importantly, in practice it is able to identify context-dependent perception failures (e.g., false negatives) in unlabeled video that reveal systematic perception defects.

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Philip Koopman

Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Prof. Philip Koopman is a faculty member in the Carnegie Mellon University ECE department, with additional affiliations with the Institute for Software Research and the Robotics Institute. He leads research on safe and secure embedded systems and teaches cost-effective embedded system... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Grand Station 1&2 Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square