Institute of Information Science Academia Sinica
Topic: TIGP (SNHCC) -- From Autonomous Vehicles to Assistive Technology
Speaker: Prof. Hsueh-Cheng ‘Nick’ Wang (Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Chiao Tung University )
Date: 2018-06-06 (Wed) 14:00 – 16:00
Location: Auditorium 106 at IIS new Building
Host: TIGP SNHCC Program


Autonomous vehicles has become one of the most impactful topics in recent years.

I will start with the world-class robotics competition: RobotX Challenge. I will introduce the participation of the RobotX challenge in the MIT/Olin Team in 2014. I will focus on the vision problems in the RobotX challenge and our strategies of approaching the RobotX challenge in Hawaii, 2018. Participation for such competition require motivated students and training programs, and I will also introduce the robotic education efforts: Duckietown, which is an open, inexpensive and flexible platform for autonomy education and research. The platform comprises small autonomous vehicles (“Duckiebots”) built from off-the-shelf components, and cities (“Duckietowns”) complete with roads, signage, traffic lights, obstacles, and citizens (duckies) in need of transportation. The Duckietown platform offers a wide range of functionalities at a low cost. The infrastructure and capabilities allow Duckietown community around the world to host "The AI Driving Olympics" in NIPS 2018. Finally, I will  talk about how to transform the research and education efforts into research topics in assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired published in ICRA 2017 and 2018.


Dr. Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He was a postdoctoral associate in the Marine Robotics Group (MRG) in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Wang received Ph.D. from Department of Computer Science, UMass Boston, and his B.S. and M.S. in National Taiwan University.