When: Thursday 24th of June, 1pm AEST
Where: This seminar will be presented online via Zoom, RSVP here.
Speaker: Dr Stewart Worrall
Title: Introducing autonomous vehicles in shared pedestrian spaces
Using autonomous vehicles to provide last-mile transport-on-demand promises to improve mobility for people in cities, improving the utility of public transport and reducing the reliance on personal vehicles. Smaller, low speed electric vehicles present as a good option for operating in crowded city environments, with increased maneuverability and the capability of safely operating in areas generally dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. The Intelligent Transportation Systems group at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics have developed a small electric vehicle platform for research in performing autonomy in crowded environments, in particular the prediction of pedestrian intentions and safe trajectory planning. This presentation will provide an overview of our work, focusing on the challenges of introducing autonomous technology in public spaces..
Dr Stewart Worrall co-leads the intelligent transport systems (ITS) group at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. His research is focused on enabling vehicle automation by understanding the complex interactions that occur in an urban road environment. This includes exploring challenges in localisation, obstacle detection/avoidance and path planning and prediction. He is responsible for the operation of the group’s autonomous vehicle platforms.