Tim Wheeler

Establishing Trust in Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles and other emerging active driving systems require advanced science and engineering methodologies by which trust can be established. Lack of public trust in the safety and underlying technology of autonomous vehicles currently impedes their widespread acceptance and limits the impact autonomy can have in improving both safety and efficiency. The route to building trust lies in the creation of a scientific, unified, transparent framework to optimize and evaluate active driving systems. This talk discusses the challenges in safety validation for autonomous vehicles and discusses methods for overcoming them.

Tim Allan Wheeler is a Ph.D. candidate in the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory of Prof. Mykel Kochenderfer applying decision making theory to the problem of automotive safety. Tim is a Burt and Deedee McMurtry fellow. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from U.C. San Diego in 2013. Tim's research focuses on autonomous cars, particularly in designing tools for the rigorous analysis of active driving safety systems.

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