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The Best Autonomous Vehicle Events to Attend in 2019

The Best Autonomous Vehicle Events to Attend in 2019

Planning your conference calendar for the year is an imperfect science. With all the events to choose from, how can you tell which agendas are the best fit for you and your team? At Mighty AI, when looking at autonomous vehicle conferences to attend, we like to select events that have a heavy focus on computer vision.

If you’re involved in building the computer vision models powering vehicle perception, this list is for you:


MOVE 2019

London, U.K. | February 12-13, 2019

Number of attendees: 3,000

What we like about it: A brand new event for 2019, MOVE promises to attract a global audience of industry leaders helping to create an autonomous mobility future. While the agenda is broader and less technical than the computer vision-centric events we tend to prefer, the autonomous vehicle track offers engaging discussions from an impressive lineup of speakers from leaders at Waymo, Uber, NVIDIA, and many others. You can catch our own CEO Daryn Nakhuda’s presentation on February 12th at 5pm on the Auto Futures stage.



San Francisco, CA | February 28-March 1, 2019

Number of attendees: 250

What we like about it: The intimate 250 person event is hyper-targeted at engineers and executives involved in computer vision for vehicle perception.

From the website: “The Auto.AI is bringing together all stakeholders who play an active role in the machine learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, perception and cognitive vehicles scene. The event provides all you need to know about the impact as well as application of AI, machine learning & deep learning in the development of self-driving cars level 4+.”



San Jose, CA | March 18-21, 2019

Number of attendees: 8,000

What we like about it: A massive developer-focused event, GTC is respected as one of the premier AI and deep learning conferences in the world, and automotive/transportation organizations rank third in attendance after software and hardware/semiconductor organizations.

From the website: “NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is a global conference series providing training, insights, and direct access to experts on the hottest topics in computing today. GTC attracts developers, researchers, and technologists from many of the top companies, universities, research firms and government agencies from around the world.”


AutoSens Detroit

Detroit, MI | May 14-16, 2019

Number of attendees: 400

What we like about it: An annual favorite of ours, AutoSens is a technical summit for engineers working on vehicle perception. The medium attendee size and highly-targeted agenda make it a great event for engineers to collaborate and network.

From the website: “A combination of insightful technical presentations, an audience of senior engineers, and top level organization…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.”



Montreal, Canada | May 20-24, 2018

Number of attendees: 3,000

What we like about it: The premiere technical event for roboticists, ICRA features a sizable autonomous vehicle agenda with “Autonomous Vehicle Navigation” ranking as a top-10 keyword among paper submissions, according to conference organizers.

From the website: “As the flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, ICRA will bring together the world’s top researchers and most important companies to share ideas and advances in our field. Many of the most important developments in robotics and automation have historically been first exposed at ICRA, and 2019 will take this trend one step further. As the practical and socio-economic impact of our field continues to expand, the role of industry-centered activities has grown and will be a critical aspect of the meeting.”


Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo

Stuttgart, Germany | May 21-23, 2019

Size: 600

What we like about it: One of our favorites from 2018, the AV World Expo in Stuttgart attracts a sizable European audience of autonomous vehicle engineers. The Expo is part of three autonomous vehicle conferences: the AV Interior Design & Technology Symposium, the AV Test & Development Symposium, and the AV Software Symposium. Those conferences are additionally co-located with Engine Expo, Automotive Interiors Expo, and Automotive Testing Expo—the world’s largest vehicle test and development technologies exhibition. Despite the massive combined footprint of each conference, the dedicated autonomous vehicle hall facilitates a focused audience.

From the website: “The Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo is dedicated to nothing but ADAS technologies and services, showcasing, discussing and debating everything you need to develop your Level 2 and 3 capabilities. Expect to see software, sensors and communication systems, and even complete ADAS systems!”



Long Beach, CA | June 16-21, 2019

Size: 6,500

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 number of papers focus on vehicle perception, and many exhibitors are involved in the autonomous vehicles space.

From the website: “CVPR 2019 will be the largest gathering of professionals from across the world and from every aspect of the computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence industry.”


AutoSens Brussels

Brussels, Belgium | September 17-19, 2019

Size: 600

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. Expect a larger representation from European engineers in Brussels, too.

From the website: “AutoSens gets right to the heart of the challenges facing vision system engineers of today and tomorrow. Our content is geared to provide insight, generate discussion, and propose solutions for shared challenges in ADAS and semi-autonomous vehicle technologies.”


Auto.AI Europe

Berlin, Germany | September 30 – October 1

Size: 250

What we like about it: Auto.AI USA’s (older) European sister event, Auto.AI Europe offers the same computer vision for autonomous vehicle agenda with a larger representation of European engineers.

From the website: “From OEMs to Tier 1s, from leading research institutes to the most promising start-ups, from AI, sensor, radar and imaging vision systems experts to automated driving, deep learning and vehicle control executives. Whatever hat you wear or wherever you stand on the spectrum of AI in automated and cognitive vehicles, the Auto.AI has something of interest for you.”



Seoul, South Korea | October 27 – November 3

Size: 3,000

What we like about it: Held every other year, the International Conference on Computer Vision is the top-tier computer vision event along with CVPR and ECCV and rotates bi-annually with ECCV.  As with the other two conferences, autonomous vehicle applications feature heavily in the research.

From the website: “ICCV is the premier international computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and tutorials. With its high quality and low cost, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.”



Vancouver, B.C., Canada | December TBD

Size: 8,500

What we like about it: The Conference on Neural Information Processing is the world’s leading machine learning and artificial intelligence conference, and last year it sold out in under 12 minutes. Like the other leading academic events in machine learning, computer vision, and AI, the conference attracts a large number of researchers in the transportation industry working on vehicle perception.


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