Why Autonomy is Hard

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306

 Dr. Brandon Basso, Director of Autonomy at Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), UBER

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Dr Brandon Basso is a former UC Berkeley graduate from the ME department and the Director of Autonomy at Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). In this talk he will give an overview of the autonomous car program at UBER and focus on the challenges associated to delivering safe autonomous cars.

Brandon Basso is a Director of Autonomy at Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). He leads autonomous vehicle capabilities development across perception, motion planning, and control software engineering groups. He previously led software engineering on ATG’s autonomous trucking project. In addition to developing new vehicle capabilities, Brandon focuses on software safety and testing across the entire onboard and offboard stack. Brandon’s previous experience is in aviation and aerospace. He was the VP of Engineering at 3D Robotics and led the development of several successful consumer and commercial drone projects. He additionally worked at Honeybee robotics where he was a member of the Mars Exploration Rover engineering team, designing and operating tooling still in use today on several Mars missions, including Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, and Phoenix. Brandon received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and PhD from University of California, Berkeley, both in mechanical engineering. While at Berkeley, Brandon studied control theory and was a member of the Centre for Collaborative Control of Unmanned Vehicles (C3UV) under Karl Hedrick. His research focused on autonomous decision making among teams of robotic aircraft.

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