Eric Nyberg explains how “AI Learns to Race: Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving” to over 80 participants

On February 11, the CMU Portugal Program hosted the second  “Data Science Talks @ CMU Portugal.” The series of webinars are held within the framework of the  Advanced Training Program in Data Science and Machine Learning, which is planned to start in 2021.

The webinar was led by Eric Nyberg, Professor at the Language Technologies Institute from Carnegie Mellon University. The presentation “AI Learns to Race: Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving”  concluded with a fruitful discussion on the theme with over 80 online participants.

The session started with a brief introduction by João Fumega, CMU Portugal Education Officer, followed by João Magalhães, CMU Portugal Faculty member at FCT UNL and one of the leading Faculty of the CMU Portugal Advanced Training Program in Data Science and Machine Learning.

Briefly, Eric Nyberg went through Autonomous Driving, Carnegie Mellons’ history as a leader in Autonomous driving since 1985, and presented the Roborace event – the first global event for autonomous Formula-1 race cars. The Roborace organization provides full-size autonomous vehicles and simulation software for training and testing autonomous driving agents. The competing research teams are responsible for improving the vehicle’s driving capabilities to navigate increasingly difficult autonomous racing challenges. In 2020, a group of students from CMU’s Master of Computational Data Science (MCDS) program became the first U.S. team to participate in Roborace.

If you weren’t able to participate, here’s the session on the link below:

The following “Data Science Talks @ CMU Portugal” will occur on February 23 by Professor Ashique KhudaBukhsh, Project Scientist at the School of Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.