Leuven.Inc Visionary seminar: 'A roadmap towards the fully autonomous car'

Organised by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec.

Autonomous driving has often been in the news lately. We hear about driverless research cars being tested in California, driving to a consumer electronics show in Las Vegas and even crossing the American continent from West to East. Or we see cars platooning on the Swedish highways as if they were train wagons, coupled to each other through a virtual chain. Autonomous cars promise safer transportation, less traffic jams and improved mobility for the elderly.

How far are we between research dreams and commercial reality? Between autonomous cars that drive in more or less controlled environments, and autonomous cars in real traffic conditions, where they can handle all road situations and do not need an attentive human to intervene when necessary and to be blamed when things would go wrong? What will happen when human-driven cars and fully autonomous cars share the roads? How will we gradually evolve from today's cars, where a growing number of sensor systems assist the driver, to the ultimate fully autonomous cars that bring us comfortably from our home to our favorite holiday location in Southern Europe, even during the night while we sleep? Will the roads and the road infrastructure need adaptations?

This visionary seminar will answer all these questions and many more. It will be brought to you by experts who are intimate to the topic, some of them having "driven" an autonomous car themselves. They either run life test facilities, develop sensing systems for the car manufacturers or actually manufacture cars. The only aspect they leave to your imagination is how you would use such fully autonomous vehicle.

Practical aspects

Date: Thursday 18 June 2015
Location: imec CAF -1A, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
Parking at the overflow parking (via Gaston Geenslaan, 3001 Heverlee)
[download a routedescription to the location]


16h00: Welcome coffee
16h30: Welcome by Leuven.Inc and Rudy Lauwereins, Vice-President imec and Chairman of the programme
16h40: The Dutch effort on cooperative automated driving
Bastiaan Krosse, Program Manager Autonomous driving TNO
17h10: Hit the road…but nothing else
Luc Van Gool, Prof. ESAT - PSI, Processing Speech and Images KU Leuven
17h40: Coffee break
18h10: What are the implications of the connected car?
Dominikus Hierl, CEO Telit Automotive Solutions
18h40: Autonomous Driving: Platooning
René Aerts, Corporate Communication Director Volvo Car BeLux
19h10: Towards the fully autonomous car
Bernhard Weidemann, R&D Communications Connected Cars & Telematics Daimler AG
19h40: Q&A
20h00: Drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English.

Participation fee

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.  Please do contact us by e-mail.
logo-kmo-portefeuille Participation in our activities at -50% discount via KMO-portefeuille Pijler OPLEIDING: Leuven.Inc Approval number DV.O106761
More info:
KMO portefeuille request: for this seminar you indicate 4 training hours.


Registrations before Thursday 11 June 2015, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.


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