• What we'll do
Sorry for the long hiatus since our last talk by Lex Fridman and his team last Oct. A lot has happened since then, and we've been due for a get-together.
We will have a special guest, Alejandro Solano, who will give a brief 25-30 minute presentation on work he has done on human pose estimation. Alejandro is finishing his studies at Universidad de Málaga in Spain with a focus on Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering. You can learn more about him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alejandro-solano-79b70b114/.
After Alejandro's talk, I would like to open the meeting up to general discussion. Some of us have been working on small-scale robocars, and this will be an opportunity for us to demonstrate our vehicles for those who are interested. If you would like to show your car, please let me know ahead of time. Here's one I'm currently working on: https://youtu.be/3sY0AAMqaxQ .
For those who are enrolled in Udacity's Self Driving Car nanodegree, please feel free to ask questions about the project you're working on. A few of us have completed the CarND or are far into it and will be able to provide some guidance or help. Please specify which assignment you expect to be working on around the time of this event in either the Comments section or in your RSVP.
And, of course, we can discuss and share our thoughts on recent developments related to autonomous vehicles. It would be great if we could also share our insights and take-aways from the MIT 6.S094: "Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars" and 6.S099: "Artificial General Intelligence" courses that Lex Fridman and his team provided. I hope everyone had a chance to either attend them in-person or watch the videos online (links at cars.mit.edu and agi.mit.edu). They were amazing and, dare I say, life-changing.
Please feel free to suggest discussion topics in the Comments section or raise them at our gathering.
• What to bring
Unfortunately, we will not have access to A/V equipment and may need to do screen sharing over WiFi (WAP: MIT GUEST), so please bring your laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones and be sure to install the Zoom Client for Meetings at https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting prior to arrival.
• Important to know
This will be a very informal get-together. We will not be able to provide food or refreshments, so please be sure to get breakfast and coffee ahead of time. Usually, several of us will head to lunch afterwards. I tend to find these conversations at lunch even more interesting and engaging.
Also, parking meters in Cambridge are free and not time-limited on Sundays. You should be able to find a parking spot within a 1/4 mile of the Stata Center.
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