Monday/Tuesday 25-26 March 2024

ASD1: Technical Session 1 (Monday March 25: 11h- 12h30)

Title: Designing Adaptive Autonomous Systems for Resource-Constrained Platforms

Talk 1: Context-aware Multi-Model Object Detection for Diversely Heterogeneous Compute Systems”  Justin Davis and Mehmet Belviranli , (jcdavis@mines.edu)

Talk 2:Adaptive localization for autonomous racing vehicles with resource-constrained embedded platforms”, Federico Gavioli, Gianluca Brilli, Paolo Burgio and Davide Bertozzi,  (paolo.burgio@unimore.it) (Link to presentation video)

Talk 3: Adaptive Deep Learning for Efficient Visual Pose Estimation aboard Ultra-low-power Nano-drones”, Beatrice Alessandra Motetti, Luca Crupi, Omer Mohammed Elamin Elshaigi Mustafa, Matteo Risso, Daniele Jahier Pagliari, Daniele Palossi and Alessio Burrello, (beatrice.motetti@polito.it)

ASD2:  Technical Session 2 (Monday March 25: 14h- 15h30)

Title: Towards Assuring Safe Autonomous Driving

Talk 1: Back to the Future: Reversible Runtime Neural Network Pruning for Safe Autonomous Systems”, Danny Abraham, Biswadip Maity, Bryan Donyanavard and Nikil Dutt(dannya1@uci.edu)

Talk 2: Automated Traffic Scenario Description Extraction Using Video Transformers”, Aron Harder and Madhur Behl, (ah2ph@virginia.edu)

Talk 3: ADAssure: Debugging Methodology for Autonomous Driving Control Algorithms”, Andrew Roberts, Mohammad Reza Heidari Iman, Mauro Bellone, Tara Ghasempouri, Olaf Maennel, Jaan Raik, Mohammad Hamad and Sebastian Steinhorst, (andrew.roberts@taltech.ee)

ASD3: Special Session (Monday March 25: 16h30- 18h00)

Title: On Perception in Autonomous Systems

Organizer: Marilyn Wolf, University of Nebraska, USA

Talk1: “Enhancing Closed Loops: A Control-Aware Perception Approach for UAVs”, Veera Venkata Ram Murali Krishna Rao Muvva, Kunjan Theodore Joseph, Kruttidipta Samal, Marilyn Wolf, Santosh Pitla, University of Nebraska — Lincoln, USA. 

Talk2: “Harnessing Brain-Inspired Hyperdimensional Computing for Lightweight, Error-Resilient, and Fast Machine Learning”, Hussam Amrouch, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany. 

Talk3: “Real-time perception uncertainty estimation”, Minah Lee and Saibal Mukhopodhyay, Georgia Tech, USA.

Talk4: Designing Neural Networks for Machine Perception in Autonomous Systems, Marilyn Wolf, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA

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ASD Technical Session 4 (Tuesday March 26: 08h30h- 10h00)

Title: Real-Time Aware Communication Systems for Autonomy

Talk 1:An Adaptive UAV Scheduling Process to Address Dynamic Mobile Network Demand Efficiently”, Ruide Cao, Jiao Ye, Jin Zhang, Qian You, Chao Tang, Yan Liu and Yi Wang , (caord2022@mail.sustech.edu.cn)

Talk 2: End-to-End Latency Optimization of Thread Chains Under the DDS Publish/Subscribe Middleware”,  Gerlando Sciangula, Daniel Casini, Alessandro Biondi and Claudio Scordino, (gerlando.sciangula@huawei.com)

Talk 3: Orchestration-aware optimization of ROS2 communication protocols”, Mirco De Marchi and Nicola Bombieri, (nicola.bombieri@univr.it)

ASD5a: Keynote (Tuesday March 26: 11h00h- 12h00)

Speaker: Edward Lee (EECS, UC Berkeley)

Title: “ Certainty or Intelligence: Pick One!”

ASD5b: Poster Session (Tuesday March 26: 12h00h- 12h30)

  • Constraint-aware Resource Management for Cyber-Physical Systems”, Justin McGowen, Ismet Dagli, Neil Dantam and Mehmet Belviranli,  (ismetdagli@mines.edu)
  • Robustness and Accuracy Evaluations of Localization Techniques for Autonomous Racing”, Tian Yi Lim, Nicolas Baumann, Edoardo Ghignone and Michele, Magno (eghignone@pbl.ee.ethz.ch)
  • A Stakeholder Analysis on Operational Design Domains of Automated Driving Systems”, Marcel Aguirre Mehlhorn, Hauke Dierend, Andreas Richter and Yuri Shardt, (yuri.shardt@tu-ilmenau.de)

ASD6 Workshop (Tuesday March 26: 14h00h- 18h00)

Title:  “Autonomous Systems Certification and Homologation”

Abstract: Autonomous functions have been proposed for pretty much all transport systems, vehicles, aircraft, or rail system. Such transport systems and their design are governed by safety standards that are developed by large groups in public bodies or standardization organizations. At the core of such safety standards are certification or homologation processes that govern the regulatory approval of an autonomous system. A major challenge for this approval is the coexistence of traditional transport systems and transport systems with different levels of autonomy. This coexistence is a necessity, as there will be no exclusive space for autonomous transport systems, neither in the air nor on the ground, especially in densely populated areas. There are many related projects and initiatives addressing this challenge with different requirements and rules, in part a result of the specific form of potential system interference, in part based on the tradition of safety guarantees in the respective domain. The European U-space initiative is a very good example regulating the coexistence of traditional and unmanned aircrafts and drones and the related design processes and protection mechanisms.

Workshop Organization:  After an introduction, the workshop will start with a first session of introductory talks by experts from industry and public authorities in the different domains. In the second session, a panel of experts will discuss the implications for Autonomous Systems Design and research in the field.

Confirmed Speakers & Panelists:

  • Huafeng Yu, Highly Automated Systems Safety Center of Excellence (HASS COE), US Department of Transportation
  • Simon Burton, Independent Consultant & University of York
  • Bill Widen, University of Florida
  • Mario Trapp, Fraunhofer IKS
  • Matthieu Gallas, Airbus

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