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The Best Autonomous Driving Events to Attend in 2018

The Best Autonomous Driving Events to Attend in 2018

It’s our favorite time of the year! We’re planning our conference itinerary for all of 2018.

We geek out over getting face-time with the top researchers and scientists in autonomous driving and vehicle perception.

Take a look at our top-rated events…


Auto AI
San Francisco, CA | March 11-13, 2018
Size: 150

What we like about it: The targeted event focuses on engineers and executives involved in vehicle perception and computer vision.

From their website: “Auto.AI is bringing together all stakeholders who play an active role in the deep driving, computer vision, sensor fusion, perception and cognitive vehicles scene. The event provides you with precise insights into new technical innovations and challenges regarding the integration of AI and machine learning based systems into Level 4 & 5 vehicles.”


Autonomous Car Detroit
Detroit, MI | March 14, 2018
Size: 300

What we like about it: The intimate one-day event boasts a strong speaker lineup, including Stephen Lesh of Uber, Austin Russell of Luminar, Allan Steinhardt of AEye—and Mighty AI’s own Sheikh Shuvo!

From their website: “Autonomous Car Detroit is a one-day conference and tech showcase that brings together the stakeholders who are making the self-driving car a reality. … Join 300+ experts to network, share ideas and learn about the technologies and trends that are shaping the evolution of the autonomous car.”


AutoSens Detroit
Detroit, MI | May 14-17, 2018
Size: 400

What we like about it: “Connecting vehicle perception engineers” is the mission of the Automotive Sensor and Perception conference. The highly collaborative format invites deep technical conversations and great networking for engineers in the vehicle perception space.

From their website: “AutoSens connects technologists in all disciplines of vehicle perception to network, collaborate, solve shared challenges and advance ADAS technologies more rapidly. The event brings together engineers from several engineering disciplines including automotive imaging, LiDAR, radar, image processing, computer vision, in-car networking, testing and validation, certification and standards, AutoSens is a collaborative environment geared towards supporting engineering activities.”


CVPR 2018 (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition)
Salt Lake City, UT | June 18-22, 2018
Size: 5,000

What we like about it: The premier conference on computer vision is also a can’t-miss forum for researchers working on perception systems for autonomous vehicles. A sizeable amount of papers focus on vehicle perception, and many exhibitors are involved in the autonomous vehicles space. CVPR has been our favorite event the past few years, and we’re already counting down the days until we land in Salt Lake.

From their website: “CVPR is the largest and best attended conference for computer vision and pattern recognition.”


Automated Vehicles Symposium
San Francisco, CA | July 9-12, 2018
Size: 1,300

What we like about it: The conference has nearly tripled in its three years and brings together researchers, industry, and government under one roof.

From their website: “The Automated Vehicles Symposium convenes industry, government, and academia from around the world to address complex technology, operations, and policy issues. Topics include law, infrastructure, operations, human factors, shared mobility, cybersecurity, ethics, aftermarket products, enabling technologies, roadworthiness certification, cities, public policy, and consumer acceptance.”


ECCV (European Conference on Computer Vision)
Munich, Germany | September 8-14
Size: 1,500

What we like about it: With an h5-index of 98, ECCV ranks second to CVPR for conferences on Google Scholar’s top publications for computer vision and pattern recognition. Like CVPR, there is significant overlap between general CV and vehicle perception research at the biennial event.

From their website: More details to come.


AutoSens Brussels
Brussels, Belgium | September 17-20, 2018
Size: 450

What we like about it: The flagship AutoSens event has all the perks of AutoSens Detroit—and the swanky AutoWorld venue doesn’t hurt, either.

From their website: “A combination of insightful technical presentations, an audience of senior engineers, and top level organisation that created a highly memorable experience; make AutoSens the ‘best in class’ for this sector. Driven by OEM requirements to develop vehicle systems that can sense the external environment and provide accurate and useful information to inform ADAS decision making, content is focused around the vehicle perception process chain.”


Other Notable Events in 2018

Autonomous Vehicles Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA | February 26-28, 2018
Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Santa Clara, CA | May 14-17, 2018
Autonomous Driving Summit USA, Detroit, MI | May 16-17, 2018
Autonomous Vehicle Software Symposium, Stuttgart, Germany | June 5-7, 2018
TU Automotive Detroit, Detroit, MI | June 6-7, 2018
Automated Vehicles Symposium, San Francisco, CA | July 9-12, 2018
ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles USA, Detroit, MI | October, 2018
TU Automotive Europe, Munich, Germany | October 6-7


One more note: Our 2017 round-up about the best AI conferences continues to be a blog favorite. If you’re looking for big-picture AI and machine learning events, you may find it’s a great resource. Just make sure to click through to the conference websites to get the correct dates and details—we haven’t updated since June. 


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