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Sensormodellierung im Rahmen der Umfelderkennung autonomer Fahrzeuge

When it comes to a failsafe operation of AD (automated driving) the robustness and reliability of its components are critical. In current AD systems traditional computer vision is combined, or even replaced by deep learning (DL) forecasters.

One major drawback of DL is the black-box nature, which results in a lack of interpretability and explainability for both passengers and developers. It is not obvious why decisions are made and how the inner workings are influenced by, for example, the operating domain.

A second characteristic arises from the probabilistic nature of DL, which aggregates knowledge about the underlying data distribution from samples. Therefore, specification of the domain during development (training) is mandatory for later operation (inference). This attribute results in huge efforts during testing and validation to ensure the necessary robustness against domain changes, consistency in data for following processing steps, and a failsafe operation in total.

The proven way to quantify the confidence in estimates of e.g. sensor systems is to determine their uncertainty. This concept is also used in current approaches to quantify the (predictive) uncertainty in the estimates of a DL forecaster. The predictive uncertainty can be further decomposed into the aleatoric component, which is induced by the randomness itself, and the epistemic uncertainty. The epistemic uncertainty is due to the design of the network and e. g. the limited amount of training data available.

In the research work, two perspectives will be taken:

1. Efficient testing/validation to identify weaknesses.

2. Improve system robustness and reliability by self-awareness.

 

In both cases, methods of the field of uncertainty quantification will be applied.

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Supervisor Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Kaup

Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • Videokommunikation / Next Generation Video Communications
  • Intelligente Bild- und Videoanalyse / Intelligent Image and Vide Analytics
  • Neuartige Bildsensoriksysteme / Advanced Image Sensing Systems

Project:
Sensormodellierung im Rahmen der Umfelderkennung autonomer Fahrzeuge

Supervisor Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt:

Prof. Dr. Martin Ebert

Forschungsschwerpunkte:

  • Software-Testmethoden
  • Sensorik und Sensorfusion
  • Automatisiertes Fahren

Project:
Sensormodellierung im Rahmen der Umfelderkennung autonomer Fahrzeuge

Fabian Ulreich

Fabian Ulreich

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

Coordinator

Get in touch. We look forward to your questions and ideas for our Joint Academic Partnership Mobility and Transportation.

Dr. Monika Kolpatzik

Dr. Monika Kolpatzik

Koordinatorin BayWISS-Verbundkolleg Mobilität & Verkehr

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
Doctoral School
Esplanade 10
85049 Ingolstadt

Telephone: +49 841 93481560
mobilitaet-verkehr.vk@baywiss.de

Marina Schleicher

Marina Schleicher

Koordinatorin BayWISS-Verbundkolleg Mobilität & Verkehr

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
Doctoral School
Esplanade 10
85049 Ingolstadt

Telephone: +49 841 93483539
mobilitaet-verkehr.vk@baywiss.de