Thursday Special Day

You can find the list of accepted papers and interactive presentations below and download here.

Architectures and Frameworks for Autonomous Systems
8:30 DeepRacing: A framework for Agile Autonomy

Trent Weiss (1), Madhur Behl (1)
(1) University of Virginia, US

9:00 Fail-Operational Automotive Software Design Using Agent-Based Graceful Degradation

Philipp Weiss (1), Andreas Weichslgartner (2), Felix Reimann (2), Sebastian Steinhorst (1)
(1) TU Munich, DE; (2) Audi Electronics Venture GmbH, DE

9:30 A Distributed Safety Mechanism Using Middleware and Hypervisors for Autonomous Vehicles

Tjerk Bijlsma (1), Andrii Buriachevskyi (2), Alessandro Frigerio (3), Yuting Fu (2), Kees Goossens (4), Ali Osman Örs (2), Pieter J. van der Perk (2), Andrei Terechko (2), Bart Vermeulen (2)
(1)TNO, NL; (2) NXP Semiconductors, NL; (3) Eindhoven University of Technology, NL; (4) Eindhoven university of technology, NL

Coffee break
Uncertainty Handling in Safe Autonomous Systems (UHSAS)
11:00 Making the Relationship between Uncertainty Estimation and Safety Less Uncertain

Peter Schlicht (1), Vincent Aravantinos (2), Fabian Hüger (1)
(1) Volkswagen, DE; (2) Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH, DE

11:30 System Theoretic View on Uncertainties

Roman Gansch (1), Ahmad Adee (1)
(1) Robert Bosch GmbH, DE

12:00 Detection of False Negative and False Positive Samples in Semantic Segmentation

Hanno Gottschalk (1), Matthias Rottmann (1), Kira Maag (1), Robin Chan (1), Fabian Hüger (2), Peter Schlicht (1)
(1) School of Mathematics & Science and ICMD, DE; (2) Volkswagen, DE;

Lunch break
Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems: Modeling and Verification
14:00 Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation

Katherine Driggs-Campbell (1)
(1) University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, US

14:30 On Infusing Logical Reasoning into Robot Learning

Marco Pavone (1)
(1) Stanford University, US

15:00 Formally-Specifiable Agent Behavior Models for Autonomous Vehicle Test Generation

Jonathan DeCastro (1)
(1) Toyota Research Institute, US

Coffee break
Emerging Approaches to Autonomous Systems Design
16:00 A Preliminary View on Automotive Cyber Security Management Systems

Christoph Schmittner (1), Jürgen Dobaj (2), Georg Macher (3), Eugen Brenner (2)
(1) Austrian Institute of Technology, AT; (2) TU Graz, DE; (3) TU Graz, AT

16:20 Towards Safety Verification of Direct Perception Neural Networks

Chih-Hong Cheng (1), Chung-Hao Huang (2), Thomas Brunner (2), Vahid Hashemi (3)
(1) DENSO Automotive Deutschland GmbH, DE; (2) Fortiss, DE; (3) Audi AG, DE

16:40 Minimizing Execution Duration in the Presence of Learning-Enabled Components

Kunal Agrawal (1), Sanjoy Baruah (2), Alan Burns (3), Abhishek Singh (2)
(1) Washington University in Saint Louis, US; (2) Washington University in St. Louis, US; (3) University of York, GB

17:00 - 17:30 Discussion Panel

Automated Driving Demo: Autonomous Renault Zoe vehicle-Focus on the Embedded Bayesian Perception component.
INRIA Rhone-Alpes

Location: Parking PE1 behind the hall JM.
More details

ASD Initiative Reception (only with reserved tickets)

Supported by AID – Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH
Location: Espace Alpes Congres-Salle Oisons

Friday Workshop

Keynote 1: Autonomy: One Step Beyond on Commercial Aviation

Pascal Traverse, General Manager for the Autonomy Thrust, Airbus

Summary: Autonomy is in the air: on one hand, pilot shortage is looming; on another hand technologies are maturing, pulled by the automotive market. In this context, Airbus is building a concept airplane from a blank sheet with the objective to improve human-machine teaming for better overall performance. Foundation of this new concept is that when they are made aware of the “big picture” with enough time to analyze it, humans are still the best to make strategic decisions. Autonomy technologies are the main enabler of this concept. Benefit are expected both in a two-crew cockpit and eventually in Single Pilot Operations.

Pascal is General Manager for the Autonomy Thrust at Airbus. A “thrust” represents a top technical focus area for Airbus. The General Manager creates a vision, coordinates R&T activities with the objective to accelerate the increase of knowledge in Airbus. Before his nomination last year, Pascal was coordinating Airbus Commercial R&T activities related to the cockpit and flight operations. Earlier in his carrier, Pascal participated in the A320/A330/A340/A380 Fly-by-Wire developments, certification harmonization with FAA and EASA, management of Airbus safety activities and even of qualities activities in the A380 Final Assembly Line. Pascal has Master and Doctorate’s degrees in embedded systems from N7 and conducted research in LAAS and UCLA.

Keynote 2: VoloCity: Considerations for a Safe Transitions from Manned to Unmanned

Florian-Michael ADOLF, Head of Autonomous Flight, Volocopter

Summary: VoloCity is Volocopter’s latest product generation for inner urban missions which currently under development as a commercial passenger transport aircraft. Initially with pilot on board, it is foreseen to become unmanned, i.e. no human pilot onboard but still one or more passengers. The talk will highlight key technical challenges, standardization & certification considerations and an outlook to the overall concept which involves a mix between aviation “as we know it” and the next generation of these passenger carrying drones.

Florian is a roboticist specialized in unmanned aviation since over 15 years and joined Volocopter as Head of Autonomous Flight in 2018. He received his Computer Science degree in 2003 (Trier University), and a M.Sc. in Autonomous Systems in 2006 (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University). Since the beginnings, Florian worked not only on autonomous functions for multiple aircraft platforms but also on the complex task of validation and verification thereof. As a former team lead at DLR’s Institute of Flight Systems (German Aerospace Center) his work has contributed to the foundation for autonomous self-piloting capabilities of drones. As such, Florian served as Subject Matter Expert on Unmanned Flight to the board of directors at the DLR Liaison Office in Washington D.C. in 2017. The results of his work from over more than a decade were published in renown international journals and his code base flew onboard various missions across a whole fleet of unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft. Having closely witnessed the clash of cultures between „classical“ aviation and Silicon Valley, he is committed to combine the best of both worlds at the intersection of robotics, drones and commercial manned aviation.

Program as a PDF is available here.

Opening Remarks
Keynote Session
Autonomy: one step beyond on commercial aviation

Pascal Traverse, Airbus, France

Introduction to Demos
UNICARagil Project

Armin Mokhtarian
RWTH Aachen


Alexandre Donzé

Fail-operational Automotive Software

Philipp Weiß
Technical University of Munich

Autonomous Driving Demonstration: Focus on the Embedded Bayesian Perception component

Christian Laugier
INRIA Grenoble

Autonomous Adaption and Morphing of Embedded Systems

Andy Pimentel, Martina Maggio, Juan Valverde
University of Amsterdam, Lund University, United Technology Research Center

Automated Driving Toolbox


Coffee break
Autonomy in Automotive
10:30 Fusion: A Safe and Secure Software Platform for Autonomous Driving

Philipp Mundhenk (1), Enrique Parodi (1), Roland Schabenberger (1)
(1) Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH, Germany

11:00 Towards a Reliable and Context-Based System Architecture for Autonomous Vehicles

Tobias Kain (1), Julian-Steffen Müller (1), Philipp Mundhenk (2), Hans Tompits (3),  Maximilian Wesche (1) and Hendrik Decke (1)
(1) Volkswagen AG, Germany; (2) Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH, Germany; (3) Technische Universität Wien, Austria

11:30 Embedded Bayesian Perception and Decision-making system for Autonomous Vehicles

Christian Laugier (1)
(1) INRIA Grenoble, France

Lunch break
Keynote Session
VoloCity: Considerations for a Safe Transitions from Manned to Unmanned

Florian Michael Adolf
Volocopter, Germany

Safety-Critical Heterogeneous Computing for Aerospace

Juan Valverde (1)
United Technologies Research Centre Ireland (UTRC)

Coffee break
Engineering of Autonomous Systems
15:00 BreachFlows: Systematic Simulation-Based Testing with Formal Requirements For CPS

Alexandre Donze (1)
Decyphir, USA

15:30 Agile Requirement Engineering for a Cloud System for Automated and Networked Vehicles

Armin Mokhtarian (1), Alexandru Kampmann (1), Bassam Alrifaee (1), Bastian Lampe (1), Lutz Eckstein (1) and Stefan Kowalewski (1)
(1) RWTH Aachen University, Germany

16:00 Systematic Physical-World Testing of Autonomous Driving Systems

Cong Liu (1)
(1) University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Open Floor Panel: Autonomy in Avionics and Automotive: Happy Marriage or Consensual Divorce?

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