17-19 February 2015
Rydges Lakeland Resort
Queenstown
New Zealand


Keynote Speaker - Professor Thomas Braunl

From Electric Cars to Autonomous Vehicles

Professor Thomas Braunl
The University of Western Australia
Perth


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Synopsis

We are in the middle of the largest revolution in Automotive History. Electric vehicles had come and gone over the last 100 years, but this time they are here to stay. UWA’s Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) has been on the forefront of EV research since 2006 by converting two road-registered cars to electric drive, including a Lotus Elise, as well as several Formula SAE racers, and by establishing Western Australia’s first EV charging network with 24 outlets.

We are in the middle of the largest revolution in Automotive History. Electric vehicles had come and gone over the last 100 years, but this time they are here to stay. UWA’s Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) has been on the forefront of EV research since 2006 by converting two road-registered cars to electric drive, including a Lotus Elise, as well as several Formula SAE racers, and by establishing Western Australia’s first EV charging network with 24 outlets.

Speaker Biography

Thomas Braunl is Professor for Computer Engineering at The University of Western Australia, Perth, where he directs the Robotics & Automation Lab and the Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Professor Braunl received a Diploma in Informatics from Univ. Kaiserslautern Germany in 1986, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California Los Angeles in 1987, and a PhD and Habilitation in Informatics from Univ. Stuttgart in 1989 and 1994, respectively.

He has worked in the past for BASF (image data bases), Daimler/Mercedes-Benz Research (automated parking based on monocular stereo from motion), and BMW (intelligent electric vehicle charging), where he has filed patents with Daimler and BMW. At Univ. Stuttgart he has been Assoc. Professor for Robotics and Image Understanding (C2) and he has held Guest Professor positions at TU München and Santa Clara University, California.

Professor Braunl has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He co-edited five conference proceedings published as research books with Springer-Verlag and the IEEE Press, and he has authored four research books on Massively Parallel Programming, Parallel Processing, Image Processing and Robotics with Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley and Springer-Verlag. His books have been published in five languages: English, German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.

He has served on numerous conference committees (including Program Chair) and on more than ten IEEE journals and transactions (including Associate Editor).

Professor Braunl combines his research interests in electromobility and autonomous robots by developing autonomous vehicles with electric drive systems. He has developed the EyeBot mobile robot family and the REV electric car series. He converted a Hyundai Getz and a Lotus Elise to road-licensed electric vehicles, as well as a BMW X5 to drive-by-wire for evaluating his vision-based driver assistance systems.

Organised and Sponsored by

Technical Co-Sponsors

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

IEEE NZ Central Section

IEEE NZ Central Section

New Zealand Robotics,
Automation and
Sensing (NZRAS)
(http://nzras.org.nz/)