Argo AI Forming Carnegie Mellon AV Research Center
Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle development partner of the Ford Motor Company, announced this week that it is pledging $15 million over the next five years to form the Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research. The Carnegie Mellon AV research center will utilize the expertise of five faculty members and the innovation of graduate students to help expedite the process of rolling out self-driving vehicle technology.
Deva Ramanan, Argo AI’s Machine Learning Lead and an associate professor at CMU’s Robotics Institute, writes that the Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research will analyze self-driving technology from end to end while advancing it in a way that will allow AV systems to operate safely in any manner of environments. By leveraging the campus as its base, Ramanan says that Argo AI hopes to craft a holistic view of all topics relating to AV technology, including safety and ethics.
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Joining Ramanan and Simon Lucey, associate professor at the Robotics Institute, at the AV research center are John Dolan, David Held, and Jeff Schneider. Dolan will leverage his focus in mechatronics, system engineering, and safety; Held will be the team specialist in machine learning; and Schneider will lead the team in computer vision and perception while lending his knowledge of machine learning.
“We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Argo AI to shape the future of self-driving technologies,” said CMU President Farnam Jahanian. “This investment allows our researchers to continue to lead at the nexus of technology and society, and to solve society’s most pressing problems. Together, Argo AI and CMU will accelerate critical research in autonomous vehicles while building on the momentum of CMU’s culture of innovation.”
Argo AI CEO Bryan Salesky added that the development of the Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research will keep the city of Pittsburgh at “the center of the universe for self-driving technology.
Ford invested $1 billion in Argo AI in 2017 as part of its push to bring a fully autonomous vehicle to market for commercial purposes by 2021.
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