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How May Mobility Is Spearheading Autonomous Driving In The Form Of Shuttle Services

This article describes how the startup May Mobility, cofounded by Prof. Edwin Olson, to getting to market first by focusing on autonomous shuttle service. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   

BMW, Toyota invest in U-M startup May Mobility

May Mobility, the autonomous vehicle microtransit company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson to replace existing transportation systems with fleets of self-driving micro-shuttles, has announced that BMW i Ventures and Toyota AI Ventures have joined its investor-base. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   

U-M startup May Mobility blazes toward autonomous fleet market

May Mobility, co-founded and led by Prof. Edwin Olson, has tested its autonomous vehicles on the streets of Downtown Detroit. The startup recently licensed five autonomous driving related technologies from U-M, and outside of the life sciences, is the most successful UM startup in raising first round of funding so quickly. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

May Mobility is a self-driving startup with a decade of experience

May Mobility, founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, is focused on real-world implementations of autonomous driving technology, with a specific emphasis on whats possible today, not what might be doable five or ten years from now. [Full Story]
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After Y Combinator, May Mobility Ready to Test Self-Driving Fleets

May Mobility, founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, is focused on real-world implementations of autonomous driving technology, with a specific emphasis on whats possible today, not what might be doable five or ten years from now. [Full Story]
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Video Friday: Robot Patrol, Tickling Machine, and More From IROS 2016

This IEEE Spectrum collection of research project videos from the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) includes a piece on robot navigation in dynamic social environments from Prof. Edwin Olson's APRIL Lab. To see the Michigan video, scroll to the bottom of the page. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Teslas big bet: $8,000 worth of self-driving hardware in all new cars before the software is ready

In this article, Prof. Edwin Olson is quoted discussing the reliability of autonomous vehicles. Tesla recently announced that all new cars will be equipped with the hardware needed for full self-driving capability. Olson believes theres still a long way to go until self-driving cars become widespread. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

Toyota Research Institute Partners with U-M on Artificial Intelligence

Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from the Toyota Research Institute, TRI CEO Gill Pratt announced recently in an address to U-M faculty. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

EECS Research Highlighted at 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference

The University of Michigan was host to the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which took place June 18-22. The conference, which was co-chaired by Prof. Edwin Olson and Prof. Ryan Eustice, brought together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. The event gave attendees the opportunity to see the best research in all areas of robotics, as well as, attend invited talks, oral and interactive presentations of refereed papers, workshops, tutorials, and lab presentations. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy   Jenkins, Chad   Kuipers, Benjamin   Revzen, Shai   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Patented Camera Calibration Tool Automates Calibration Target Acquisition

Prof. Edwin Olson and two of his former students, Johannes Strom and Andrew Richardson, have recently been awarded a United States Patent for their work in the development of AprilCal, an interactive camera calibration tool that automates the challenging task of calibration image acquisition. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Vision   

U-M professors know wonders, risks of self-driving cars

This article in the Free Press examines the work of Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice as they take on their new roles heading up key research areas at Toyota's new Ann Arbor Toyota Research Institute location. Prof. Olson will lead Toyota's the perception thrust and Prof. Eustice will lead the mapping/localization effort. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

5 big challenges that self-driving cars still have to overcome

in this article, Prof. Edwin Olson comments on what are seen are the key challenges involved in deploying autonomous or assistive driving technology. [Full Story]
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Audrow Nash Earns NSF Fellowship for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research

Audrow Nash, a Master's student in EE:Systems, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his work developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor biogas emissions in landfills. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

University Collaborates with Toyota on Autonomous Vehicle Hub

Toyota and Michigan have announced a new research collaboration that will involve a new Toyota facility, Mcity, and two faculty with appointments in CSE: Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice. [Full Story]
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Ryan Marcotte Selected for NSF and NDSEG Graduate Research Fellowships

CSE graduate student Ryan Marcotte has been selected for two prestigious graduate fellowships to support his ongoing studies in computer science and engineering. The fellowships are from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Defense. Ryan works with Prof. Edwin Olson in the APRIL Lab, where his research is in the area of multi-agent search algorithms for both known and unexplored environments. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   

Google Self-Driving Car Will Be Ready Soon for Some, in Decades for Others

This article reports on a talk given by Chris Urmson, Google self-driving car project director, at the SXSW conference, in which he seemed to reset expectations regarding the arrival autonomous vehicles. The article includes comments by Prof. Edwin Olson, who researches self-driving cars at UM and who is quite familiar with the technical challenges that remain to be addressed before such vehicles become ubiquitous. [Full Story]
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Driverless cars work great in sunny California. But how about in a blizzard?

This article quotes Prof. Edwin Olson regarding the research he is doing in conjunction with Ford on autonomous vehicles and their use in conditions that include snow-covered roads. [Full Story]
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Researchers make progress on holy grail of autonomous vehicles: driving in snow

This story by Michigan Radio talks about testing autonomous cars on snow covered roads. The new research was done by Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice in collaboration with Ford. The new research shows it's possible for a self-driving car to get around using highly detailed 3D maps of everything that surrounds the vehicle. The news was also featured in their top of the hour news summary, please click here to listen. [Full Story]
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Ford tests driverless cars in snow at U-M's Mcity

This article in MLive covers work done by Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice in collaboration with Ford at Mcity, in which the researchers have tested new technology that allows autonomous vehicles to navigate on snow-covered streets. Their solution combines live LIDAR data with learned 3D map stores to enable the systems to compute location and to drive successfully. It is believed that this is the first test to address the challenges of snow-covered roads. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

U-M, Ford are First to Address Autonomous Driving on Snow-Covered Roads

Researchers at U-M and Ford have tested new technology that allows autonomous vehicles to navigate on snow-covered streets. Their solution combines live LIDAR data with learned 3D map stores to enable the systems to compute location and to drive successfully. It is believed that this is the first test to address the challenges of snow-covered roads. [Full Story]
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Ford, Michigan Researchers Test First Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity

Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice, working with Ford Motor Company, have been the first to test a fully autonomous vehicle at the University's Mcity test facility. The Ford vehicle features sensing and AI technology developed at Michigan. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

Computing CARES: A Plan to Boost the Retention of Women in Computing

The field of computing is one in which women have been historically underrepresented. A few faculty in the CSE Division have recently begun in a new quest to boost the participation and retention of women in computing courses and degree majors. These expanded opportunities will be accomplished through a U-M's Third Century grant. Prof. Valeria Bertacco and Mary Lou Dorf spearheaded this effort through a proposal that they submitted this past summer to the Third Century Initiative. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria   Dorf, Mary Lou   Ringenberg, Jeff   Wellman, Michael   Women in Computing   

Michigan Rolls a Different Kind of Car off a Different Kind of Assembly Line

This story on the Big Ten Network highlights the work of Prof. Edwin Olson, who is using 3-D printed low-speed electric vehicles provided by alternative carmaker Local Motors to develop an intelligent transportation on demand system built around autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Autonomous Vehicles   

Two sentences explaining why your self-driving car wont have a steering wheel

Prof. Edwin Olson comments on why, once an autonomous vehicles is operating, it is actually difficult for a human occupant to take control in an emergency. Prof. Olson is working on projects related to autonomous vehicles and transportation systems at the newly-opened Mcity test facility. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

The race is on to figure out what self-driving cars should look like

In this Washington Post article, Prof. Edwin Olson notes that we don't know what autonomous vehicles might look like in the future, since autonomy will change many factors in the way transportation is scheduled and executed. Prof. Olson has just launched a project to study a transportation on demand system built around autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Autonomous Vehicles   

3-D Printed Cars Emerging; Early Units will Serve as Testbed for On-Demand System at Michigan

Prof. Edwin Olson will be using 3-D printed low-speed electric vehicles provided by alternative carmaker Local Motors to develop a transportation on demand system built around autonomous vehicles. He is quotes in the article about Local Motors' plans. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

U-M to Test Driverless 3-D Printed Carts

in this article, the Detroit News reports on the University of Michigan's plans to test low-speed, 3-D printed driverless carts within the year and eventually deploy them on its North Campus. Researches led b Prof. Edwin Olson will use the carts to develop an automated on-demand transportation system. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

An Autonomous "SmartCart" Testbed is Coming to Michigan

Researchers led by EECS Prof. Edwin Olson and NAME Prof. Ryan Eustice will be using 3D printed "SmartCarts" at Mcity to develop an on-demand autonomous transit system. The focus of this particular project is not the autonomy itself, but the challenges of an intelligent transit system that include understanding passengers' preferences and expectations, coordinating the routes of a fleet of vehicles, and figuring out how to balance supply and demand. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

Steven Parkison Earns NSF Fellowship to Design Tools for the Future of Autonomous Cars

Steven Parkison, Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received an NSF Fellowship to support his research on machine learning for autonomous vehicles. He is working with Prof. Ryan Eustice as part of the Next Generation Vehicle (NGV) project, a partnership between Ford Motor Company and researchers at the University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance to develop the autonomous vehicles of the future. Michigans principal investigators, Profs. Eustice and Edwin Olson, are taking a leading role on sensing and decision-making. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Automotive industry   Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students   

Edwin Olson: Driverless Cars (radio interview)

In this radio interview on Newstalk ZB in New Zealand, Prof. Edwin Olson discusses the future of autonomous vehicles, how autonomy might be introduced into the marketplace, and M City, the automated test track for autonomous vehicle research and testing at Michigan. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   

Careers in Robotics: Spotlight on the University of Michigan

This article in Robotics Business Review takes a look at robotics research at Michigan, in particular the work in perception and autonomy that is being conducted by Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice. It also examines how that research is a key ingredient in the work to be done on autonomous vehicles at Michigan's new Mobility Transportation Center. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Autonomous Vehicles   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Four CSE Faculty Selected for College of Engineering Awards

Four CSE faculty have been selected for 2014-15 College of Engineering Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research and education: Todd Austin, Ronald Dreslinski, J. Alex Halderman, and Edwin Olson. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Austin, Todd   Dreslinski, Ron   Halderman, J. Alex   

Olson on Mobility Transformation Facility

In this audio interview, Prof. Edwin Olson speaks about the 36-acre Mobility Transformation Facility at Michigan and his work in developing and testing technologies for use in autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]
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Prof. Edwin Olson Receives NSF CyberSEES Award

Associate Professor Edwin Olson was recently awarded an NSF CyberSEES grant for his research project, Sustainably Unlocking Energy from Municipal Solid Waste Using a Sensor-Driven Cyber-Infrastructure Framework. The award aims to advance the science of sustainability in tandem with advances in computing and communication technologies. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Sustainability and Environment   

2014 Promotions of our Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty who received promotions this year: Valeria Bertacco, Jason Flinn, Satish Narayanasamy, Edwin Olson, Mina Rais-Zadeh, and Zhaohui Zhong. Keep up the great work! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria   Flinn, Jason   Narayanasamy, Satish   Rais-Zadeh, Mina   Zhong, Zhaohui   

Robotics Researchers Ready for Automated Vehicle Test Facility

CoE robotics researchers Prof. Edwin Olson of CSE and Prof. Ryan Eustice of NAME will be amongst the first users of the Mobility Transformation Facility, the automated vehicle test facility being built on North Campus. The two will initially use the facility to run tests related to the development of sensing and mapping technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Autonomous Vehicles   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Olson: The Wall Street Journal - Driverless Cars Are Data Guzzlers

Narayanasamy and Olson Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors

Satish Narayanasamy and Edwin Olson, assistant professors in Computer Science and Engineering, have been named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors. The professorship is awarded to junior faculty members in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Narayanasamy, Satish   

Edwin Olson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award

Prof. Edwin Olson has been awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award for "Mutual Modeling for Human/Robot Teaming with Minimal Communications," his research in the area of autonomous intelligent robotics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Edwin Olson Talks Robotics at World Science Festival

Prof. Edwin Olson spoke on his work in the realm of robotics at the annual World Science Festival in New York City on Sunday, June 2. His presentation was a part of the Festival's acclaimed Cool Jobs program, which features a series of thought-provoking and inspirational lectures on technical occupations aimed at young people and their families. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Edwin Olson Named to Popular Sciences Brilliant 10 List for 2012

Professor Edwin Olson has been named one of Popular Science "Brilliant 10" for his work in developing an autonomous fleet of intelligent and cooperative robots. [Full Story]
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CSE Research is Highlighted at Michigan Robotics Day

On Monday, April 9, CSE faculty and graduate student researchers displayed some of their projects at Michigan Robotics Day, which showcases regional robotics capabilities and promotes Michigan STEM and industry strengths. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Diversity and Outreach   Kuipers, Benjamin   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Michigan Robotics Day 2012 Will Spotlight CSE Research

Monday, April 9, Profs. Benjamin Kuipers and Edwin Olson will participate in the event's technology demonstrations. Prof. Kuipers will show his robotic wheelchair, and Prof. Olson will demonstrate his swarm of MAGIC robots along with the new "Car Lab" platform he is developing in conjunction with Prof. Ryan Eustice of NAME. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Diversity and Outreach   Kuipers, Benjamin   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Olson: Catalyst (ABC TV) - Robot Wars

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Winning Robotics Team Spotlighted on Catalyst TV Segment

Catalyst, a major consumer science program on ABC in Australia, has aired a segment on the recent MAGIC robotics competition, which Team Michigan won in Nov. 2010. See the Catalyst video and an accompanying blog post.
Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Olson: Catalyst blog - Future of Warfare

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Olson: Robotics Online - U-M Robot Team Wins International Competition and $750,000

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Olson: AnnArbor.com - Robots Built By University of Michigan Students Win $750,000 Grant

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Olson: PRWeb - Hail to the Victors! Team Michigan Wins Inaugural Worldwide Robotics Competition in Australia

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Olson: ZDNet Australia - US Defeats Australia in Robot Comp

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Olson: Detroit Free Press - U-M Team Wins Global Robotics Prize

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U-M Robot Team Wins International Competition and $750,000

A team of student robot developers led by Prof. Edwin Olson has won the MAGIC competition that was sponsored by the US and Austrialian defense departments. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Team Michigan Departs for MAGIC Robotics Competition

Team Michigan, a group of U-M students led by Prof. Edwin Olson, will depart for the world finals in the MAGIC robotics competition in Australia. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

Robotics Team to Advance to World Finals

Team Michigan has qualified as a finalist in the MAGIC international robot challenge. Prof. Edwin Olson, his students, and their team of robots will compete this November in Australia. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Robotics and Autonomous Systems   

U-M Team Qualifies to Compete in MAGIC 2010 Robot Challenge

A team of over 20 students, led by Asst. Prof. Edwin Olson, has qualified to compete in the 2010 Worldwide Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence   Robotics and Autonomous Systems