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(Enhanced) IV'12 Dariu M. Gavrila - Smart Cars for Safe Pedestrians - Pedestrian Detection

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Published on Aug 6, 2012

Keynote speaker: Dariu M. Gavrila.

Abstract: One of the most significant large-scale deployment of intelligent systems in out daily life nowsadays involves driver assistance in smart cars. The past decade has seen a steady increase of interest in the plight of the vulnerable road users (e.g. pedestrians, bicyclists), motivated by accident statistics, and accentuated by regulatory and consumer rating initiatives. Devising an effective driver assistance system for vulnerable road users has long been impeded, however, by the "perception bottleneck", i.e. not being able to detect and localize vulnerable road users sufficiently accurate. In this talk, I give an overview of the remarkable research progress that has been achieved in this area. I discuss its main enablers and highlight future developments, on the road towards accident-free driving.

Bio: Dariu M. Gavrila received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1996. Since 1997, he has been a Senior Reseach Scientist at Daimler R&D in Ulm, Germany. In 2003, he was appointed professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam, chairing the area of Intelligent Perception Systems (part time). Over the last decade, Prof. Gavrila has addressed perception systems for detecting humans and their activity. He particularly focused on active pedestrian safety, where was reponsible for several EU and German projects on behalf of Daimler (PROTECTOR, SAVE-U, WATCH-OVER, AKTIV). He wrote a sizeable number of highly cited publications and received the I/O 2007 Award from the Netherlans Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), as well as several conference paper awards. His personal website is www.gavrila.net.

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