UNC CS demos autonomous vehicle research for Safe Systems Transportation Research Forum

Sridhar Duggirala and students Charlotte Dorn and Abel Karimi congressional staff as part of the UNC-Chapel Hill Safe Systems Transportation Research Forum
Sridhar Duggirala and students Charlotte Dorn and Abel Karimi show an autonomous vehicle to congressional staff as part of the UNC-Chapel Hill Safe Systems Transportation Research Forum
Graduate student Abel Karimi demonstrates an autonomous vehicle's ability to avoid obstacles
Graduate student Abel Karimi demonstrates an autonomous vehicle’s ability to avoid obstacles

On October 11, 2019, UNC welcomed congressional staff as part of the UNC-Chapel Hill Safe Systems Transportation Research Forum. UNC Computer Science faculty member, Sridhar Duggirala, alongside colleagues from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and RENCI, modeled how they design and test autonomous vehicle safety software.  During the presentation, Duggirala and his students talked about virtual testing and evaluation of autonomous vehicles, explaining how they use the data gathered to make advancements. Staffers were able to share information about ongoing works on developing test tracks for autonomous vehicles and bridging the gap with virtual testing and real-life testing. This opportunity to share current research with lawmakers was part of the larger Forum, but is representative of the many stakeholders eager to see the progress of research at UNC.

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