Autonomous Vehicle Research at MIT with Lex Fridman

Oct 25, 2017 · Cambridge, United States of America

Join us to learn about the latest research on autonomous vehicles at MIT by esteemed researcher and lecturer, Lex Fridman.  A more specific topic may be provided as we get closer to the event.



6:00p - 6:30p: Food, soft drinks, and networking

6:30p - 6:35p: Announcements and updates

6:35p - 6:45p: Presentation from our sponsor, Thales

6:45p - 6:55p: Presentation from our host, Fidelity   

6:55p - 7:55p: Autonomous Vehicle Research at MIT by Lex Fridman

7:55p - 8:00p: Networking


Lex Fridman is a researcher at MIT, developing and applying new computer vision and deep learning approaches in the context of self-driving cars with a human-in-the-loop.  He works with large-scale, real-world data, with the goal of building intelligent systems that have real-world impact.

Lex received his BS, MS, and PhD from Drexel University where he worked on applications of machine learning, computer vision, and decision fusion techniques in a number of fields including robotics, active authentication, activity recognition, and optimal resource allocation on multi-commodity networks.

Before joining MIT, he was at Google working on machine learning and decision fusion methods for large-scale behavior-based authentication.

Earlier this year, he taught the MIT 6.S094: Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars course, which can be accessed at

His team also received the Best Paper Award (<1%) at CHI 2017 for their work on driver glances: What Can Be Predicted from Six Seconds of Driver Glances?


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  • Boston Autonomous Vehicles

    Welcome! This group is intended for anyone who has an interest in autonomous vehicles (ground, air, or water) and their related technologies:  Robotics, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, etc. All are welcome. Please join our Slack workspace ( for active discussions about this field and to be notified about our events and activities. Slack invite link: Small-Scale Robocar Races A few of us are working on small (1/16th - 1/10th-scale) robo

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